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Climate Change Catastrophe

May 15, 2008
By Bob Webster
Gore is right. Climate change catastrophe is imminent!
I’ve been a long-time skeptic of global warming/climate change alarmism. I’ve written many times about the folly of the IPCC/Gore claim that human emissions of CO2 will bring about “catastrophic” change for human society. Well, I now freely admit I was wrong - but not for the reasons most often cited by alarmists.

I’ve been having an interesting exchange on a CO2 alarmists’ blog about the dangers human emissions of CO2 pose for future climate. While the exchange has generally been cordial and it has certainly been interesting while providing great insight into the rationale most alarmists agree too, I have yet to find the proverbial “smoking gun” that actually makes their case. Nevertheless, I do have to agree with them about one thing. The danger and cost to human society from climate change will be catastrophic and is, apparently, unavoidable.

But ironically, while the catastrophe to which I refer is unquestionably human-caused, it is completely avoidable. Therein lies the rub. The danger is not from a catastrophe arising from soaring temperatures and human misery that alarmists claim will follow (a highly debatable proposition). The catastrophe that seems unstoppable is the human misery that will unquestionably arise from the massive costs of soaring imprudent government regulation of CO2 emissions in the form of Gore-enriching “cap and trade” schemes that will, in the end, provide no discernable impact on global climate.

Indeed, it would be quite proper to term our Imperial Congress’s pursuit of CO2 emission schemes nothing short of “insane.” Congressional insanity is nothing new, but its costs this time will be catastrophic to the economy and well-being of every citizen of the US. No matter. They’ve all imbibed the “Cool-Aid” of human-caused “global warming” (despite the recent cooling climate trend) in Washington. Even the normally rational Newt Gingrich has flipped out over global warming. Evidently, the slick multi-million dollar campaign of the alarmists, added to the pervasive media bias, has made this propaganda campaign the greatest success since Nazi Germany’s use of the tool in the 1930s. We can all rest assured that the cost to humans of this propaganda campaign will be equally devastating as the cost to deal with Nazi Germany was. The difference today is that people do not seem to have the will to put up a fight. Read more here.

Bob Webster is a descendent of Daniel Webster’s brother Ezekiel. Bob has always had a strong interest in history, our Constitution, U.S. politics and law. A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.

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