Thursday, July 09, 2009

In Search Of An
Intelligent Energy Policy

by Andrew Foy and Brenton Stransky - July 9th, 2009 - American Thinker

No responsible energy policy can go forward that is rooted in the belief that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions significantly contribute to global warming or "climate change" as it is now called. This article will address data from the historical temperature record as well as climate models that refute the theory that: CO2 causes or to a large extent amplifies climate change.

From the ice core data it is clear. During the last 10,000 years, since the last ice age, there have been several periods (all before mankind was using carbon fuels) during which temperatures were warmer than today. Over the entire 400,000 years of ice core data, there are several periods of thousands of years during which the temperatures were warmer than today.

In none of these cases was the increase caused by CO2. Even though CO2 has been much higher than current levels many times in the past, there is no correlation to increased CO2 causing temperature rises. Quite the opposite, CO2 rises after temperatures go up.

There has also been a much greater cumulative time during the ice core data period when temperatures were cooler than today. What is certain to happen in the long run is the return of another ice age. As a result mankind needs cheap energy. Any rational program to produce cheap energy is a necessity for mankind to prosper so we can be ready for the ice ages to come. Any program that opposes cheap energy is rampant idiocy.

The various theories which pretend that global warming is a serious concern are not supported by the data. What these theories really support is a political desire to have government control the lives of people based on a fraudulent premise that man is causing global warming. That is not science. That is tyranny.


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