Monday, June 26, 2006
ERIN NEFF: The truth hurts global warming disbelievers
I am in Boulder City visiting my mother for a long weekend and I happened to catch this editorial in the Sunday edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
If you've been reading this section for a while, you're bound to have some doubts that global warming is a real scientific problem.
Last week, Review-Journal Publisher Sherman Frederick scoffed at the notion of global warming as a real problem by relegating it to another of his fantasies, this one at blaming President Bush -- or was it President Clinton? -- for the melting ice in his chest of beer.
Last year, columnist Vin Suprynowicz scoffed at global warming "loonies," and this newspaper's editorials have consistently criticized the science of global warming as "pure fantasy."Even though I'm outnumbered in the Opinion office, science is on my side, and pesky data keep slipping into the real news section.
She presents a report from Oak Ridge National Laboratory about a "carbon boom" in Nevada. She says that Nevada must do something to relieve the growth in carbon dioxide emissions due to the booming growth in Nevada. She goes on to say,
The goal of the report is to encourage states to set limits on carbon dioxide and similar pollutants and reduce them by 20 percent within a decade and 80 percent by 2050. [Emph. added.]
So is carbon dioxide now a pollutant? Wouldn't that make humans into pollution factories? And wouldn't eliminating cardon dioxide be harmful to life on this planet?
I am open to new ideas. I believe the scientific method is the path to the truth. So I believe it is right to be sceptical of exaggeration when it comes to climate because I do believe that some enviromentalists have an agenda beyond concern for humanity.