Climate change natural; science being distorted

June 13, 2014 

I take exception to the June 2 letter to the editor regarding man's impact on climate change and attributing recent violent weather to man's utilization of fossil fuels.

Attributing short-term weather phenomena to global warming is akin to blaming billions of breathing Chinese for causing changes in the Earth's orbit around the sun.

Over eons the Earth has experienced wide swings in temperature, such as the last Ice Age 120,000 years ago and the earth warming 3,000 years ago.

Man cannot be blamed for these natural swings of temperature; volcanoes spew forth more toxic air pollution than mankind. CO2 and sulfur dioxide are the main pollutants. Other natural pollutants further contribute to the problem.

There are those opportunists who are making a living promoting global warming and who distort the "science" of global warming and fan the flames of disinformation.

I do not believe responsible nations should needlessly pollute our environment, and international cooperation and regulation will help us prevent this. The United States cannot accomplish this alone because we are a relatively small part of the problem.

Alternative sources of energy will continue to come on line in the short term, mid-term and long term. These will gradually augment and then replace much of our reliance on traditional energy sources.

However, in the short term, we must unharness ourselves from idiotic over-regulation so that we can maximize our usage of available fossil fuel from North America in order to carry us over until we are no longer reliant on sources unfriendly to the U.S.

There is no method or combination of methods that will instantly solve this problem. It will take many decades for us to accomplish this task, but the next steps must follow those already taken.

Kenneth Hartlieb


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