Letter: Climate science comments a pleasure to see



It was a true pleasure to see an informed comment from Mic Mead on “Climate Science.” Obviously there is such a thing as global warming. Twelve thousand years ago, the area where Chicago is now located was under two miles of ice. Before that, the first human migrated from Asia to North America on dry land. When the bureaucrats tell you that the majority of scientists conclude that the change is caused by and controllable by human beings they are listening to those scientists who make their living by obtaining grants to do research on global warming. If you take a poll of all qualified scientists, I expect that you will get a much different conclusion.

Yes, human actions contribute to global warming. No, human beings cannot prevent global warming or global cooling, both of which will occur during the remaining life of planet Earth. Instead of spending limited resources on subsidized renewable energy, we may want to consider spending resources on the mitigation of the results of global temperature changes. The renewable energies will eventually become more common as the law of supply and demand and the free market dictate.

I think that it is safe to say that most everyone can agree that fossil fuels consumed in China make the same contribution to global warming as those same fuels consumed in the USA. Since all current renewable energy requires government subsidies and costs up to four times more than fossil fuels, it is likely that competing economies on the other side of the globe will continue to take our jobs if we continue along the path dictated by the bureaucrats.

Bob Rawlings



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