An Oct. 13 letter to the editor of The Chetek Alert about climate change deserves a response.

In his letter, Bruce Moore states: “The vast majority of people now agree that climate change is real, that the raft of record-setting rainstorms and associated floods, powerful hurricanes, and massive wildfires are evidence enough.”

When dealing with climate alarmism, you have to carefully watch the definitions. There are really two definitions of “climate change” in common use. The first definition describes the natural changes in climate that have been going on for billions of years (the earth is estimated to be around 4.5 billion years old). The following chart illustrates changes in temperatures and atmospheric CO2 concentrations over the past 570+ million years. Note that in geological terms, we are are at the low end of the scale in both atmospheric temperature and CO2 concentrations. Climate change is natural. It would be concerning if the climate stopped changing- something would be very wrong.  

The second definition of climate change refers to catastrophic global warming caused by human activities. As I indicated in my letter to the editor of August 11, there is no scientific (empirical) evidence that humans are causing or will cause catastrophic global warming. None whatsoever. This unproven hypothesis is based on climate models which are based on human assumptions and biases and which do not accurately model the many complex factors affecting climate. As a result, the climate models have failed to accurately predict future temperatures or even duplicate historic temperatures.

In spite of the fact that there is no scientific evidence that there is anything wrong with the climate (much less catastrophically wrong), alarmists seek to impose draconian measures to “save” us. These measures are always designed to funnel money to those favored by the alarmists. Carbon taxes are invariably scams and eliminating fossil fuels will destroy our economy, dramatically raise the costs of energy and weaken our national security.

Fortunately we can foresee our future if we implement the “green” programs supported by the left as Europe has been far ahead of the U.S. in eliminating coal and nuclear energy generation and increasing its reliance on wind and solar energy. Consequently, we can learn from observing how the coming winter will impact Europe as it seeks to avoid massive blackouts and shutdowns this winter due to its over reliance on wind and solar.  

The fundamental idealogical impetus behind climate alarmism is globalism and not science as indicated by the following quotation from a former official of the U.N’s Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Change, Ottmar Edenhofer:

“Basically it’s a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization … one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy.”

Oh, and hurricanes have not become more intense or frequent. Ditto for floods and wildfires. And, the polar bears are thriving.

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