cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Are we being a bit presumptuous by having a Wisconsin global warming task force? There is no solid scientific evidence of anything other than what our earth has always gone through. Our emotions are being played "like a fiddle" with pictures of polar bears drowning when, in fact, the pictures were of nothing of the sort, and the fact that there are twice the number of polar bears today as were on this earth 40 years ago. The Great Lakes were drying up at an alarming rate and today we don't know what to do with all the water that fell on us.
We are reduced to blaming both hot weather and cold weather on global warming. We are reduced to blaming both drought and flooding on global warming. We either have more hurricanes or fewer hurricanes, but both those phenomenons are caused by global warming. We just had one of the greatest snow falls in any winter on record, but it is caused by global warming.
It seems as though the powers that be have succumbed to this burst of 'junk science' that we've been treated to in the past handful of years since Al Gore adopted global warming as his latest crusade. His Power Point slide show has spawned a great deal for him...at our collective expense. We can't drill for oil, we can't build power plants using nuclear technology, and we are burning our food as fuel while people starve around the world. Every one of those decisions was based on politics, not on reason and certainly not on any rational approach to the issues confronting us today. This whole movement is destroying our economy and we seem blind to that reality.
The reality is that none of us knows anything for certain. We don't have a clue as to whether we are in a true global warming crisis or not. It is not sound science to assume that we are in crisis because we cannot prove otherwise. Where is the rationality to that? Yet, that is precisely what is happening today. We could as easily be creating a new problem where none exists today by following the "siren's song" of global warming.
This task force convenes and decides what you and I need to be doing, but it is doing so without any basis in fact.
Why is it that this task force thinks that wind turbine energy must produce 25% of our electricity before they, the task force members, will even think of permitting us to build another atomic power plant? Have they, the task force members, stopped to consider how many wind turbines at what cost planted where will be required to produce 25% of the electricity we consume today let alone will consume in a quarter-century? Have they performed a cost benefit analysis for nuclear versus wind-powered electricity generation? Of course not, since that would destroy any credibility they claim to have.
How gracious of this task force to at least say they will think of atomic power before the Yucca Mountain storage facility has been placed into use provided, of course, that we build the wind turbine farms across our landscape. I wonder what ever happened to the fears of birds flying into these huge blades? Is concern for wildlife now being replaced on the left by the overriding concern about global warming even though it is unproved?
The task force leaders say that their intent is to compromise. If I had the position of manufacturing something from nothing, I, too, would believe in compromise. The other side would have to give up 50% of its position and, in return, I'd get 50% further toward my goal of this fantastic future-land where everything is balanced, where none of us uses any more than any of the rest of us on the globe...where we are in the same desperate condition as everyone else on the face of the earth. That makes a lot of sense to me.
Why do we insist on doing these things to ourselves?