Pressing issue or politicized climate?

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By The Staff

By Hannah Hayes

Evergreen Peace has the October display “Water Wars” at the Evergreen Public Library. Water issues have already caused numerous political and economic battles. Conflicts loom large as global-warming signals, such as melting polar ice caps, heightened hurricane activity and harsher drought and flood cycles, make water increasingly precious.

Mother Nature has been throwing many other potent warning signs our way — acidifying oceans, the spread of mosquitoes and rising sea levels. The need for even greater stewardship of our planet has become paramount. Saturday, Oct. 24, provides an opportunity for individuals to coalesce around a common purpose and work toward a clearly defined goal — 350. That’s the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide, measured in parts per million in our atmosphere. The number now is 389 and rising by about 2 ppm every year. 350 is the number humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.

The fossil-fuel industry won’t lead the way to 350. It’s been a driver in the 300-year rise from the atmosphere’s normal 275. The levels of carbon grew when humans started burning coal and oil to produce energy.

Fortunately, there’s a short-term grassroots campaign happening to inspire a global clean-energy economy. Now that the risks of a careless, irresponsible attitude toward our planet are known, we’re going to have to work even harder to make up for those who advocate and vote against their own long-term interests.

Initiating conscious change, especially one that involves choice, is no easy task. Those who are stubbornly sure that climate change isn’t happening and, if it is, it isn’t our fault, are predisposed against making changes. Recession has served to jump-start an environmental shift as financial necessity acted as a catalyst for positive climate change. After so much acquiring and using, recession has caused consumers to spend time in thoughtful reflection about the implications of their excesses. Many got it and readjusted. Economic motivation has caused side benefits for the environment because cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions has been a budget saver.

Some don’t believe that human activity affects climate, while others agree with quantum physics when it demonstrates how the flap of a butterfly wing proves sensitive dependence. The “350” movement depends on those of us who can appreciate the butterfly effect.

Support “350” and halt the increase of CO2 by attending a local event on Oct. 24, the International Day of Climate Change. Evergreen 350 will be at the fire district’s training facility at 1802 Bergen Parkway with speakers and exhibits from those who have “settled on the science.” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the EPA, the National Renewable Energy Lab and others will be represented. A visit to www.350.org will highlight the science and list events near you.

When learning leads to environmental changes, the planet will profit.

By Kelly Weist

The world’s climate has become politicized. I know this shocks you. After all, science was only corrupted by that terrible person, President George W. Bush. Why would leftists like President Obama and Sen. Barbara Boxer politicize the planet?

Because it benefits them. The growth of government means the growth of their own power. Ipso facto. And even better if we can turn over much of America’s power to unelected and undemocratic world organizations like the United Nations. Thus are dictatorships created.

In the midst of the debate over the ridiculous cap and trade legislation in Congress, we get an asinine movement that will deploy dozens of long-haired crazies on the corners of a few towns in America. On Oct. 24, leftists will demand a limit on carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, led by a crazy leftie professor from Vermont, who has advocated for the 350 ppb limit.

Now some of you are thinking, isn’t CO2 what I and every other human breathe out every 12 to 20 times per minute? Yes. So stop breathing.

There are many sources of CO2 in our world. You and I contribute, as does every mammal on the planet. Interestingly, recent studies have shown that soil is the major contributor to CO2 emissions from our planet into the atmosphere. They have also shown that carbon emissions follow global warming periods. That’s right, follow. CO2 emissions are a result of warming, not a cause. Hear that in any mainstream media?

Of course you haven’t. Climate science is complex, and whether the planet is warming or cooling is a significant debate. Whether human activity has an effect on climate temperatures also is controversial. There has been no evidence that carbon emissions by human activity has any effect on planet temperatures, regardless of how much the left asserts this. The famous “hockey stick” graph used by Al Gore have been thoroughly debunked, as well as most of the junk science behind global warming activism. The 350 ppb trope is a number picked out of a hat by a crazy leftist, conveniently less than the current concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere from all sources.

But you won’t hear that from the mainstream media, Democratic politicians, academics or Al Gore. They have a vested interest in keeping you scared about the fate of the planet. They never talk about the financial and pure power incentives they have to perpetuate this junk science. Cap and trade legislation, as well as other energy tax proposals in Congress, are designed to reduce our economy and our living standards. U.N. proposals are blunt instruments designed to eliminate Western nations’ wealth. Look at the recent U.N. IPCC report and proposals. It’s a laundry list of demands to cease and desist from most Western economic activity and of ways to redistribute the West’s wealth.

It’s true, Green is the new Red.

Hayes Rebuttal

Transforming endless expansion is core to the change that’s needed now. A large-scale analysis done in Britain in 2006 predicts that unabated climate change will make the planet 20 percent poorer by the end of this century. The World Bank and Kelly don’t agree. Why wait for them to discover that they can’t see the sun?

There’s a disconnect between the economics of perpetual growth and the realities of our planet. The kind of pollution that comes from “too much” can’t be fixed by doing it better. We’re running out of water and time. The originator of “350,” Bill McKibben, anticipates a new luxury of “clean air” and the technological means to achieve it. His book, “Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and a Durable Future,” would be a good “righty” read.

With 2,376 actions planned in 153 countries, Oct. 24 is hardly “a few towns in America.” Get out and see the science at a “350” event this Saturday. Learn how “Bein’ Green” is a worthy dream. This sounds more like the (red) fire of creativity than a political ideology.

Weist Rebuttal

“Leading scientists” like Bill McKibben, creator of the 350 ppb movement, resident scholar at Middlebury College in Vermont, who teaches “Environmental Journalism” and has been an activist for years for “small economies,” meaning those in which there are no jobs, no wealth and no economic choices (except for the elites).

Professor McKibben picked the 350 number after trying on 550 and 450 in previous activist screeds because it is conveniently under one estimation of the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. No need to tell anyone that the current concentration is under 0.017 percent of the gases in the atmosphere, and that there is no evidence whatsoever that this concentration (or any concentration of any gas) causes global temperature change. Also, no need to explain that there is no credible evidence that any portion of the CO2 in the atmosphere is attributable to human activity. Or that there have been higher concentrations of CO2 during non-industrial periods like the medieval period, or the warming period before the last ice age.

The plan is to keep us all in the dark, literally.