Energy program shows the dishonesty of climate change arguments
|Gary Powers with U2 Spy Plane Model (Seattle Times)|
The cases that followed involving Presidents Nixon and Clinton were far less excusable and far more damaging to the presidency. They stretched the truth to avoid accountability.
Now we have yet a different situation where a President is trying to sell a vast program of carbon controls and renewable energy subsidies, based on arguments that may meet political standards for honesty but fail scientific, engineering, and legal standards. That is far more damaging to this nation than Bill Clinton denying an affair with Monica Lewinsky.
President Obama's recent 'Climate Change' speech reiterated his assertions, that the earth is warming dangerously, that human emissions of CO2 are clearly responsible, and that virtually all scientists agree with him. As 115 scientists from around the world told him several years ago: “With all due respect Mr. President, that is not true.” One was Nobel Laureate in Physics Ivar Giaever, a Democrat. The president now calls those who dispute his hysteria the “Flat Earth Society.”
Because the President knows that Congress and the American people will never support carbon reduction schemes that seriously harm our economy, he is pursuing a strategy involving rhetorical subterfuges while his Environmental Protection Agency quietly moves forward with regulations.
Consequently, eleven of us filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court recently asking them to overturn the EPA's “Endangerment Finding” on CO2. This is the first time that the high court has been asked to consider purely scientific arguments rather than, for instance, the EPA's failure to follow the recommendations of their Inspector General.
We prove that the EPA's “Three Lines of Evidence” are fatally flawed, based on multiple robust data sets, not on 'expert opinion' from those paid to support the president's position. Honest data show no unusual warming in the latter half of the 20th century and none at all for the last fifteen years despite a slow increase in CO2. The 'Hot Spot' that must exist in the tropical troposphere for their theory to work is completely missing. And the climate models for which the taxpayer has paid so dearly, are epic failures. Without global warming, carbon dioxide is clearly 'Not Guilty.' And hence the hysteria about extreme weather caused by CO2 is likewise nonsense.
What about the programs that the president is trying to sell to cure a problem that does not exist?
These are substantial hoaxes also. While “efficient use of energy” and “renewable energy” sound good, they are far from the reality. Ethanol, solar, and wind typically produce little net energy beyond what went into their manufacture. They merely launder high quality energy from fossil fuels into less desirable but politically popular kinds.
Remarkably, wind and solar do not even reduce our 'carbon footprint,' because they need backup by special natural gas power plants designed for rapid start-up. These are far less efficient than state-of-
Because President Obama has no scientific education, he can hardly be expected to understand the details of what we are saying. But as an attorney, he should know what constitutes honest argument.
Gordon J. Fulks, PhD lives in Corbett, Oregon, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago, Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research.