Climate and Regulation

Fear is a powerful motivator.  People will stay out of relationships because they’re afraid of getting hurt.  One political party will tell it’s voters that the only way to make the terrible law go away is to vote for them.  Another political party will tell a different set of voters that its opposition will take away the voters’ pensions and leave them penniless in the streets.  Fear can allow people to make decisions they would never make otherwise.

 

It’s been widely reported since the political campaign season of 2012 that the EPA was preparing a massive set of regulations, most of which haven’t gone into effect yet.  It has also been widely reported since at least 2010 that the EPA intended to implement a Cap and Trade system of industrial regulations which would prevent pollution but also cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs.  Again this Cap and Trade system hasn’t been fully implemented yet either.

Those who support such regulations assure us that they are for our good, that they will prevent global warming and keep the earth habitable.  But the UN climate conferences of the last several years have drawn less interest every year.  So, without a powerful motivator, Americans are unlikely to stand for EPA regulations that put hundreds of thousands out of work and raise the prices of air conditioning in the summer as well as heat in the winter.

Enter a UN climate report climate report saying that global warming will soon melt the polar ice caps, raise the oceans, cause droughts, cause hurricanes kill millions and make life unbearable for the rest.  But they assure us that redistributing wealth and further slowing the US economy — de-growing it, even — are the path to climate salvation.

Now let me present a few climate facts.

All five of the Great Lakes froze over completely this past winter, for the first time recent memory, even Lake Michigan all the way down to Chicago.  My friends have been putting pictures of frozen Lake Michigan on Facebook.

Last December, when the Southern Hemisphere was in summer, a group of environmentalists sailed a boat close to Antarctica and had to be rescued from frozen seas.

I spent last the last two summers in El Paso and there were only a handful of days where the high was over 105 degrees.  When I was stationed here as a Lieutenant in the mid 1990s we had about fifteen straight days over 110 and a total of more than twenty such days over each of the summers I was here.

Since the year of Hurricane Katrina — when there were so many hurricanes, the Weather Service used up all the names on the list — we have had hardly more than ten hurricanes a year.  Superstorm Sandy destroyed a lot of property in NYC and New Jersey, but it was an anomaly.

The drought in central California has far more to do with water being diverted for the benefit of fish, than it does with an actual shortage of water.

When I was in elementary school, I lived in Gainesville, FL and I remember that winters hardly every had freezing temperatures that far up the state.  But now orange growers south of Orlando have to use heaters several times each winter to keep their crops from being hurt by the freezes.  In other words, in the last 37 years the freezes have moved over a hundred miles farther south in Florida.  It’s supposed to be warmer the closer you get to the equator.  The freeze line moving south means winters are getting colder.

The climate did warm between 1975 and 1990, but since then it hasn’t warmed, it has actually cooled slightly.  And yet the UN is saying that climate is warming and unless we submit to redistribution of wealth and a reduction of standard of living.

Giving up our standard of living and submitting to even greater government regulation won’t help the climate.

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Those who would trade liberty for security, deserve neither and will surely lose both.”  This was true at the founding of our nation and it is still true today.

What do you think about climate change? Man caused? Or does it have something to with the sun?  Sound off in the comments.

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