Letters to the Editor: March 30, 2014

other_letters_editorSolar, wind, geothermal cited as energy solutions

This letter is in response to the March 9 letter from Wallace Cason concerning climate change.

I looked up Cason’s sources. I believe he is referring to Leonard Weinstein rather than David Weinstein. Cal Thomas is a political hack, and I am not sure he can intelligently debunk the Easter Bunny.

Leonard Weinstein retired from NASA, and I do not know what his reason is for his writings. Who can discern the minds of men, so let’s take the easy way and follow the money. Here is a partial list:

• The Heritage Foundation, which is full of “expert” climate contrarians, receives funding from ExxonMobil and the Koch Family Foundation.

• The Cato Institute was founded by Charles Koch, and receives millions from the Kochs, ExxonMobil, General Motors, and the American Petroleum Institute.

• The Guardian reported that the American Enterprise Institute offered scientists and economists $10,000 each to write articles critical of the IPCC Report on Climate Change. So who’s “credentialed” now? The AEI also receives funding from ExxonMobil.

Of course there are temperature swings. Unusually cold weather is balanced by unusual warmth elsewhere. Averages are what matter, and averages over the Earth are difficult to pin down. But the science is there. Average temperatures rise as carbon dioxide, methane and certain types of Freon concentrations in the atmosphere increase. Just because you do not believe in science and the physical laws of nature does not mean they do not exist.

I call attention to a problem, so I must present at least a partial solution – solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources immediately come to mind. Too expensive you say? The first atomic submarine cost at least ten times the cost of a conventional submarine, but no one doubts it was an improvement.

But improvements do not matter to 161 of members in the 113th Congress, who accepted more than $54M from fossil fuels industry lobbyists. OpenSecrets.org tracks contributions and reports that “individuals and PACs affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7M to candidates and parties between 1990 and 2010, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans.” I do not expect anything to change, do you? You get your wish.

Billy Wilemon, Jr.