Compromise on environment

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There will be climate change in the next six months. The Northern Hemisphere will get warmer, and the Southern Hemisphere will get cooler. This is mostly because of the obliquity of the ecliptic (see axial tilt). Other reasons are the water cycle (clouds); Earth’s magnetic field (shielding from high-energy particles); humanity’s abuse of resources; etc.

Our government sees this “crisis” as an opportunity for a carbon tax. This will not change any of the above, but it will increase the power of the government and the costs of doing business.

North America is rich in resources. The president and his energy secretary have done their best to prevent domestic production of these resources. Trillions of dollars of American capital have gone to OPEC and others who hate us. We could have been energy-independent. Our unemployment rate could have been 4 percent or less instead of 8 percent or more.

In the 19th century, lamps burned whale oil. This was replaced by cheaper kerosene, because that greedy capitalist and entrepreneur John D. Rockefeller was an extraordinarily efficient and effective manager. Later a waste product from the refining – gasoline – powered internal combustion engines. Cars powered by gasoline beat the competition powered by electricity. Now 95 percent of vehicles are gas-powered.

Is carbon dioxide a pollutant? It is necessary for plants to live. Plants are necessary for humans and animals to live. Have I endangered the planet if I exhale or open a carbonated beverage, or roast marshmallows on an open fire? Only junk scientists with a vested interest in “global climate change” would answer “yes.”

The Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act have made U.S. air and water the safest on the planet. They also have made the costs of doing business in the United States much higher and have encouraged businesses to locate production facilities overseas. Millions of American jobs were never created.

The solution is to make reasonable trade-offs with our planet. If lumber is needed for homes, harvest older trees and plant many more trees to replace those taken. If carbon-based energy is used, make it as clean-burning as necessary.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/12/13 - 10:45 am
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The cost of doing business in

The cost of doing business in China is low, but the air in Beijing is not so good. There are indications that jobs are returning to United States because of the high cost of shipping. Clean technologies can drive the American economy. We should look to Germany for leadership in this area, especially in solar power. We can protect the environment and have a dynamic economy. Militarism and inefficiency are at the root of our economy woes. Peace and sustainable technologies are the cure.

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carcraft 02/12/13 - 11:06 am
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Clean technologies..LOL

Clean technologies..LOL Batteries, I think it is either toyota or neissan that is getting out of the electric car business because of the same problems electric cars have had since there inception, high battery wieth, limited range and slow recharging. Obama spending billions of tax payers dollars and hasn't solved the problems.. Wind mills are built over seas and sent to the US. Wind mills kill thousands of -edatory birds every year. Solar panels creat pollution and have effects such as altering temperture in areas that have large solar panel farms. We are swimming in oil etc. yet Obumbler has done every thing he can to destroy production from keeping federal l and locked up etc. Good luck on your green energy!

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EEreader 02/12/13 - 11:18 am
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Compromise on the environment

Mr. Tatum: Glad you brought that "junk science" term into play. Your letter indicates you are heavily invested in the stuff. The States (Georgia, South Carolina, e.g.,) were doing such an outstanding job in keeping our local air and waters pristine before the clean water act and clean air act were put in place that swimming in the Savannah River could be hazardous to your health, that walking alongside Aiken County's Horse River was a technicolor explosion, and breathing in Macbean was a questionable necessity. Compromise with environmental protection? Not on your life (or mine, either.)

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deestafford 02/12/13 - 12:05 pm
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Great letter.

Just remember all this "clean energy and climate change" is about power and restrictions on our way of life...nothing more. There are a few wild-eyed environmental wackos who would be happy if all the humans were wiped out.

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karradur 02/12/13 - 01:30 pm
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When I was six years old, I

When I was six years old, I wrote a letter to the president with my idea for an invention called the "Pollution Packer". It was a tube that went over your exhaust and had a spinning bar of soap inside a chamber of water that "cleaned" the car exhaust and turned it into breathable air. This is obviously a drastically misinformed idea that forgoes basic scientific principles, but hey, I was six. Six-year-olds don't really know any better.

I'm trying to figure out what Mr. Tatum's excuse is, then, for saying "Is carbon dioxide a pollutant? It is necessary for plants to live. Plants are necessary for humans and animals to live. Have I endangered the planet if I exhale or open a carbonated beverage, or roast marshmallows on an open fire? Only junk scientists with a vested interest in “global climate change” would answer “yes.”"

The problem is carbon dioxide production outracing naturally occurring carbon sequestration. But I guess something as complicated as that doesn't have a place in a LTE to the Chronicle.

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faithson 02/12/13 - 03:56 pm
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to believe or not to believe, that is the ?

I say no power to those who would put economics over environment. I was a boy in the industrial heart land. To let corporations have lee way over environmental decisions is fools play as the clean water act so effectively shows.

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Darby 02/12/13 - 06:15 pm
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"We should look to Germany for leadership....

in this area, especially in solar power. We can protect the environment and have a dynamic economy. Militarism and inefficiency are at the root of our economy woes."

Look to Germany... Now that is laughable. What next, look to Cuba?? Kenya or Haiti or Greece maybe??

Our economy is not in the toilet because of poor management, high taxes and wasteful spending. No, it's screwed up only because government isn't powerful enough and we choose to defend ourselves against terrorism.

Un-frakking believable...

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RMSHEFF 02/12/13 - 08:48 pm
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The "cleanest" countries on the planet are the most wealthy and

the poorest are the most dirty. Poverty = pollution.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/12/13 - 10:16 pm
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Read a great article in the

Read a great article in the New York Times by a reporter who drove a $100,000.00 dollar Tesla car. Battery's gave out he had to turn the heater off in 30 degree temperatures and slow his speed to make to the next town. The reporter ended up having to get a tow. According to the reporter they best part was the tow truck had a good heater!

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itsanotherday1 02/12/13 - 10:49 pm
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I have to ride the fence of

I have to ride the fence of caution. I'm convinced that global warming is a reality. What I'm not convinced of is whether or not we can impact the natural cycle one way or another.

I would rather err on the side of caution and be prudent about environmental concerns. Prudent doesn't mean panic where we have to willy-nilly shut down industries and cause economic calamity; but I think it is in our interest to encourage vehicles with lower pollution, alternative sources for electricity, etc. Again, that doesn't mean throwing billions of our hard earned tax dollars at campaign contributors, but encouraging an atmosphere for innovation and new ideas is a good thing.

Lastly, I don't believe in conspiracy theories. I think those wacky environmentalists really believe what they promote, though misguided some of them may be.

Oh, and anybody that points out that there was a recored snowfall in _______, so there is no global warming is an idiot. That is but one data point in time, not statistically significant by anyone's standards.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/13/13 - 06:56 am
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Itsanotherday. The Best

Itsanotherday. The Best study showed there has been no increase in Global temperatures for about 16 years. It was the largest data analysis done. Judy Curry at Georgia Tech was a coauthor. Dispite that that and the fact that the "read me harry files" from the climate gate indicate much data was made up or fudged. Of cours Phil Jones dumped the original data so it can't be confirmed! I have been very skeptical. It is like the idiot anchor women asking Bill Nye if the asteroid is a result of Global warming. These people grasp any straw to induce fear and push thier agenda!

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