I’ll say at the outset that I believe we should do everything we reasonably can to avoid emitting carbon or any other pollutant into the atmosphere.  I believe we should burn less fossil fuel.  This only makes good sense, and developing the technology to accomplish it would diminish our dependence on unreliable foreign oil.  But, do I believe we should hamstring our own economy in a futile quest to reduce global emissions while other nations do little or nothing?  Absolutely not.Texas Farm Bureau Climate Change

There’s not much chance that the U.S. alone could do anything about global temperatures with the current “cap and trade” bill as written, in any of its various forms.  Since it is also the largest tax increase in the history of the world, it could well cripple the U.S. economy.  That’s something the world can ill afford.

Now we learn that purloined emails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia, in England, that those arguing for the theory of manmade climate change are attempting to suppress evidence that does not support their theory.  Now really, didn’t we all know this was happening?  But proof is proof.

There’s nothing new here.  I have argued with and against the excesses of the environmental movement for more than 30 years.  I know this.  There always has to be a crisis, somewhere.  In fact, the crisis is so bad, potentially, that we can’t wait until we know how bad.  We must act – yesterday.  Hang the costs along with the consequences.  My high school science teacher gravely warned his class nearly 40 years ago that we could soon expect another Ice Age due to man’s folly.  Experience suggests than only a crisis can raise money.

For a long time, we tagged the current crisis with the name, global warming. Then we have some really bad winters, and the inconvenient fact that global temperatures have declined over the last decade.  So now we call it “climate change,” and go back to the computer models and announce, “Well, that’s easily explained.  We knew all along that temperatures would decline a bit and then they would go up.  Then, it will be really, really bad.”

Why can’t all the evidence on climate change be put on the table and argued in a calm and dispassionate manner?  The devotees of manmade climate change have all the zeal of fundamentalists in any religious sect.  It has unfortunately, taken on all the trappings of a religion, with holy writ, messiahs and agnostics.  You can’t oppose the theory without violating the commandments and being cast out as a heretic.

I’m not the first one to say all this, but I think we had better slow down and get this right.  If manmade climate change is the slam dunk some say, then why are the believers so determined to squelch dissent? 

On the one side we have commercial interests concerned about overregulation and the damage to the economy.  This group has a vested interest.  On the other side, we have zealots who are so vested in terms of research funding and political capital that they can’t possibly admit to any mistakes.  Only sober and dispassionate science can settle the matter.

I guess I’m a heretic, but one willing to be convinced.  According to those emails, there are more of us.  I’d like to hear from them.

Gene Hall

Public Relations Director
Texas Farm Bureau
I believe that the only hope for a food secure world is capitalism and reasonable profits for America’s farm and ranch families–that the first element of sustainability is economic survival.
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3 Responses to “Climate change: political issue or new religion?”

  1. Robert Fleming says:

    Climate change makes me do a lot of thinking! I have been on this earth for almost a half of a century. In this short time I have seen a lot. I ask myself where have all the bull frogs gone. In the 60’s and 70’s as a youth I hunted them, harvested them by the dozens, today there are few! Where are horned frogs, as growing up my granfather in the early 1900’s played with them, tying them together with string and making them pull like a team of mules. They are no more. 25 years ago in falls county every board, every brick turned over yeilded a scropion, there are no more. Red ant beds covered the sandy country of falls county, they are few today. Last but not least, where are the quail, they always scarred me to death, walking in the brush. the experts tell us it’s the habitat destruction, the use of broadleaf hebicides and dozers cleaning up the ranchland, well let me explain my father in law in callahan county, has never applied herbiced, never dozed, the county is the same as it has been for a long time, matter of fact he always fed the quail, there are none.

  2. I read your thoughts with interest Gene. I agree, it seems with the gridlock and the fall-on-the-sword attitude toward each side of the political aisle, a crisis has become the chief motivator for change. Change offers opportunities for those prepared. Money can be made by those prepared. A lot of money.

  3. Thanks for the comments, guys. I just can’t get my mind around the crisis of climate change. If this is for real, we should pay attention. What I can’t except is this full court press to shut down all dissent. I’ve read compelling arguments on both sides. The trouble is, both sides have enormous investments in terms of both dollars and political capital. The pro climate change forces have their lives, dollars and reputations committed to the point that there’s virtually no way they can back down, even if Moses shows up with contradictory proof carved on stone tablets by the hand of God. I wonder what will happen to the world if the US imposes unilateral actions (Cap and Trade) that will make us a third rate economy.

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