Scientists urge caution on global warming
By: Erika Lovley
Climate change skeptics on Capitol Hill are quietly watching a growing accumulation of global cooling science and other findings that could signal that the science behind global warming may still be too shaky to warrant cap-and-trade legislation.
While the new Obama administration promises aggressive, forward-thinking environmental policies, Weather Channel co-founder Joseph D’Aleo and other scientists are organizing lobbying efforts to take aim at the cap-and-trade bill that Democrats plan to unveil in January.
So far, members of Congress have not been keen to publicly back the global cooling theory. But both senators from Oklahoma, Republicans Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe, have often expressed doubts about how much of a role man-made emissions play.
“We want the debate to be about science, not fear and hypocrisy. We hope next year’s wave of new politics means a return to science,” said Coburn aide John Hart. “It’s the old kind of politics that doesn’t consider any dissenting opinions.”
“We’re worried that people are too focused on carbon dioxide as the culprit,” D’Aleo said. Recent warming has stopped since 1998, and we want to stop draconian measures that will hurt already spiraling downward economics. We’re environmentalists and conservationists at heart, but we don’t think that carbon is responsible for hurricanes.” Read More
There is a growing body of science that suggests the earth has been cooling for the past decade. The data is showing solar flares and our oceans have more to do with fluctuating temperatures than carbon does. Any cap and trade system that is implemented is only going to be paid by consumers through higher prices for everything. With no hard evidence to prove that carbon is the main culprit for anything, our society needs to proceed with caution before instituting any policies.