Printed in the October 2014 Issue of The Northeast Texan
By Cathie Adams, President of Texas Eagle Forum
The climate is always changing, but is it a natural phenomenon or is it caused by burning fossil fuels, primarily coal and natural gas?
If the radical environmentalists claim is true that burning fossil fuels causes “global warming, climate change,” then the “fix” is to severely limit the use of fossil fuels to render “climate justice.”
“Climate justice” is the radical environmentalists’ euphemism to severely limit fossil fuel use. It was debated at a conference last month in Houston, hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and The Heritage Foundation entitled, “At The Crossroads, Energy & Climate Policy Summit.”
Scientists at the conference presented a myriad of reasons why “climate justice” is unnecessary because the globe isn’t warming. And that “climate change” is a natural cycle since time immemorial. Furthermore, the “fix” to severely limit fossil fuel use would be especially bad for nations trying to climb out of poverty because economies are built upon clean, safe, abundant and dependable sources of energy. And that happens to be fossil fuels.
Because the American economy is run on fossil fuels, President Barack Obama is employing his pen, federal bureaucracies and the courts to demand that our dependable fossil fuel powered energy plants be retrofit to “renewables” such as wind, solar, seaweed, corn, etc.
All of this in spite of the fact that science has shown no worldwide warming in the past 19 to 26 years. And in spite of the radicals’ claim that burning fossil fuels causes more and worse hurricanes, tornados, floods and droughts, which isn’t happening. Nor are icecaps at the North Pole disappearing, but the South Pole ice pack is growing.
The ONLY place where manmade “global warming, climate change” exists is in computer models. And everyone knows that if you put junk in, you get junk out–even junk science.
Nonetheless, Obama is set on making good his infamous 2008 promise: “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas [CO2, a helpful, not harmful gas] that’s being emitted.”
What difference does Obama’s war on coal make in our state? Texans began mining coal in 1819 and today we are the fourth largest producer in the country. We have 24 lignite mines that generate $6.2 billion annually to our economy. We also benefit from its 23,000 jobs and $641 million in annual tax revenue. Even so, there are two challenges to the future of coal: natural gas is cheaper and lawsuits against federal regulations on coal are outrageously expensive. All of this in spite of the fact that Texas’ coal-powered energy plants are the second cleanest in the country, since most were built after 1970.
Obama is also at war with Texas’ natural gas industry that supports nearly 12% or nearly 1.3 million jobs that are directly and indirectly related to developing natural gas.
The war cry against fossil fuels originated at the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Recently, Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, told the General Assembly that climate change is a defining issue of our time, adding that, “Our foot is stuck on the accelerator and we are heading towards an abyss.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_Ki-moon#cite_note-51
Like a religion, Ban clings to “climate change” which he thinks causes flooding and drought, desertification and loss of land. The UN rails against herds of livestock calling for “meatless Mondays.” It also blames capitalism and ridicules our desire to maintain our standard of living. http://interfaithpowerandlight.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/CryOfCreation.pdf
The UN’s and Obama’s demand for “climate justice” would rob every person on earth of a descent standard of living. Obama bragged, “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Coal-powered plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”
Retrofitting coal and natural gas powered energy plants to wind and solar is impossible because the technology is not there as evidenced by Obama’s wasting your tax dollars on companies like the failed solar company Solyndra. And the billions being dumped into federal subsidies for windmills that are run by natural gas when the wind doesn’t blow. The fact is that taxpayers have wasted billions on solar and wind technologies, yet they’re wholly inadequate and radically undependable energy sources. Obama has yet to figure out that the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow.
Making matters worse, the federal EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, has decreed that carbon dioxide, CO2, the major greenhouse gas emitted when fossil fuels are burned, is a pollutant that causes “climate change.” Federal bureaucrats are demanding that CO2 be reduced by 30% by 2030, which would starve the American economy of the needed energy to run our industries and maintain our standard of living.
Carbon dioxide, CO2, is NOT a pollutant. As a matter of fact, greenhouses boost CO2 levels to enhance plant growth. Every school child learns that photosynthesis is the Creator’s method to emit CO2 whether through the largest source which is from volcanic eruptions or from burning fossil fuels, then as plants and trees take in the CO2, they emit oxygen. It’s a perfect balance.
We can rest easy that there is no scientific basis for the President’s demand to discontinue the use of clean energy sources like coal and natural gas. In light of these facts, it is wise for us to be good stewards of God’s creation and to embrace sound science. Let’s relay these facts to our children, grandchildren and elected officials.