Anyone interested in science knows to study (review, if you will) the results of research on all sides of an issue if the subject is of special interest or it’s being used to make political points. If you are interested in the facts behind climate change you will want to go to the journal NATURE (www.nature.com) from time to time. NATURE is not only the most respected scholarly research publication, it is the most highly- cited interdisciplinary publication. Science, by definition, requires ongoing peer review and discussion. The journal NATURE presents researched reports from all sides.
If you are stuck with a political bias on the causes and effects of climate change, you’ll not bother. If you have an open mind, it is imperative to check out this reference. At least you will learn that there is no such thing as “settled science” in climate research – certainly not “scientific consensus,” as the biased partisan Sierra Club claimed in USA TODAY’s lead story Aug. 4.
It is my own conclusion that the climate has been changing for 4-1/2 half billion years. Mankind has not caused it and will not change it. Certainly costly, obnoxious, noisy, bird-killing wind generators will do more damage than traditional generation. That power will cost us each much more and put many out of work. The world is now dependent on fossil fuels for most of our power. As we clean up coal burning, natural gas will keep the cost down. If left alone by the government, we will in time evolve to safe, clean nuclear and solar generation for economic and environmental reasons.
Please, in the meanwhile, government, let us become energy independent.