- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 28, 2000

The battle between scientists concerned with global warming is heating up. We see very little news about the possibility that the warming trend is just a normal natural cycle. The talking heads on the evening news are in the scare business, and once they scare us, they hate to admit that maybe the scare was premature. We found that out last week. The Environmental Climate News reports that “if you ignore inconvenient data, you can say anything you want about global warming,” and that is exactly what is happening.

We should be pleased that there is some global warming. Certainly it is preferable to global cooling. Farmers with a longer growing season could provide more food for the expanding world population. Warmer northern climates would reduce the amount of fuel being consumed, which they claim is a major contributor to global warming.

Fortunately, the scientist who first issued a global warming warning blaming carbon dioxide as the culprit has now recanted and blames chlorofluorocarbons and nitrogen oxides.

Let's hope he is right, because these are much easier to control. Of course we still have to wonder if there is indeed a global warming problem at all. Not too long ago we were told that Greenland was melting at a rapid rate. Now we find out that while the ice cap is disappearing in one area, the cap is thickening in other areas. Meanwhile, we have the Kyoto global warming protocol with all its restrictions looming over us. Wonder of wonders, the United States hasn't ratified it.

Another hypothesis blames the sun and solar winds for the warming trend. Whatever the reason behind the warming controversy, all agree that it has occurred in the past. We have had ice ages and warming cycles. What we don't have is records for the first million years, and we are basing our judgments on data collected over the last few decades. No doubt the human element has contributed to the warming, but not on the scale the environmental extremists would have us believe.

There is nothing wrong in living in a climate where you can hand your snow blower down to your children. We might even see the day when we won't have to draw on our strategic military reserves to provide a few gallons of heating oil. We have already had numerous regulations imposed on businesses by the EPA, which in many cases have turned out to be totally unnecessary. Let us hope that cooler heads prevail in determining the true extent of the warming trend.

Wouldn't it be nice to turn on our television and hear the talking head report that “citizens of New England will be pleased to hear they will no longer be subjected to the frigid temperatures they have had to endure in the past. They will now be able to bask in the warmth of the winter sun and have no reason to spend the season in the communes for the temperature impaired in our southern states.” Let's take advantage of the warming of the earth, it's only a matter of time before it gets cold again.

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