The climate-change deniers get it wrong again

Rob Haw & Bryan Killett, Pasadena Star-News, 05/20/2013

The climate-change deniers get it wrong again

In regard to some of the misguided letters you published from climate-change deniers and opponents of a carbon tax:

Kolstad simply assumes that a carbon tax hinders the economy, but renewable energies create more jobs per unit output than fossil energy. That is well documented.

In response to Frederick: a carbon tax won’t be collected from renewable energy, thereby making it more competitive (renewable energy sources don’t burn fossil fuels). Economic risk management requires us to reduce CO2 emissions quickly, and this will help jump-start the clean energy economy that will safeguard our civilization.

De Prisco is “fractally wrong.” The climate has not flatlined for 15 years, as mentioned in the first paragraph of a response to Schmitt and Happer’s dreadful WSJ opinion piece. Even if we strap on the climate contrarians’ self-imposed blinders and stare myopically at only the surface temperatures, the shared code shows that there hasn’t been a statistically significant change in the rate of surface warming. Anyone can calculate the full range of the error bars on the recent surface temperature trend to confirm this.

De Prisco’s claim that increased atmospheric CO2 is a result of warming would be hysterical if this weren’t so serious. That’s the way the climate used to work, but Henry’s Gas Law can only account for ~20 ppm (at most) of the increase since the pre-industrial era. Plus, if atmospheric CO2 were coming from the oceans, the CO2 dissolved in the oceans wouldn’t be increasing. But it is. Plus, if this were responsible for CO2 increasing, the amount of oxygen in the air wouldn’t be decreasing at the same time. But it is. Plus, the 12C/13C ratio in the atmosphere wouldn’t be rising. But it is. Plus, we’d have to find out where all our massive CO2 emissions were going.

  • Komsky compares Arctic sea ice to Antarctic ice, but Arctic loss is faster than Antarctic gain.

Molen and Knapp don’t need to worry: a tariff will be placed at the border for any country without a similar carbon fee. This American border tariff will encourage other countries to put a price on carbon pollution because they will gain no advantage in our marketplace.


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