Aye, there's the rub. In one hour, I will
be attending Roman Catholic Mass, an element of which is the
quaint belief that 2,000 years ago, a young Jewish woman
conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. Key point: my
religious belief in no way affects anybody. On the other
hand, the man-made climate change religious fanatics, which
bizarrely includes the present Bishop of Rome, he apparently
not having learned from his predecessor's threat to burn
Galileo at the stake, have a staggering effect on my daily
life. Thanks only to hydraulic fracturing on private lands,
I can actually heat my home this winter with fuel oil to the
point where I do not have to wear winter clothes indoors.
But if Obama, and the Bishop of Rome, and Democrat voters,
get their way, below zero Fahrenheit mornings will be
unpleasant in the extreme. Hey, man-made climate change
fanatics: get out of my life! You bet. Would it be OK
with you if we open Alaska and Pacific, Gulf and Atlantic
waters to drilling? To extract the one trillion barrels of
conventionally extractible oil? There isn't another country
on the planet dominated by religious maniacs who leave oil
in the ground. Even the present tyrant-in-chief flew down to
Brazil to compliment them on the discovery of off-shore oil,
and promised that the U.S. would buy all the off-shore oil
they extracted. But did the tyrant-in-chief say the same for
domestic oil? No, he did not. And why did he not? Because
people like YOU put him into power. TWICE. Thanks!
You know what Frank, we're all dependent and inter-dependent
on fossil fuel for the near, an likely long-term future.
Centuries of carbon fuel tech is intertwined in with nearly
every part of our lives. I don't dispute that premise. What
I dispute is that recognizing scientific evidence is somehow
a religion and moving away from fossil fuel in 'fanatical'.
And in the end, it's not about your life being affected or
mine being disrupted--it's about future generations. You see
that future with more fossil fuel, I see it with less.
Science, research and every other industrialized nation is
moving to sustainable energies...that's not religious
babble, its just what's happening. Frank, I don't want
you to freeze and I don't want to add to acrimony I
experience on the WSJ comment section. Maybe you can stay
warm, and the world can be temperate. "What I dispute is
that recognizing scientific evidence is somehow a religion
and moving away from fossil fuel in 'fanatical'." "I don't
want you to freeze and I don't want to add to acrimony."
Well, perhaps there still can be peace in our time!
I'm a pilot, a flight instructor at that. One of the things
all pilots know is that predicting the weather more than a
half day in advance is a total joke. We understand that,
despite the very best efforts on the part of NOAA, the
variables involved in climate prediction vastly exceed human
understanding. Nevertheless, there are those who are
supremely confident in their ability to predict weather a
century in advance. Worse still, both sides are adamant
about obviously contradictory "facts", never mind
conclusions drawn from facts. One fact is very clear: since
leaving Africa, homo sapiens need man-made heat to survive.
The last two winters have been horribly cold and
unaffordable to heat. It's not an academic issue Climate
science is immensely complex...more than 50+ areas of
scientific disciplines. I try to keep it simple for my
limited scientific 'brain space'. Greenhouse effect is a
fact. It took 100s of millions of years to create 'fossil
fuels'. Extraction and burning of these fuels in the
trillions of metric tons in a 'nano' second of earth's
history is going to create a new environmental dynamic.
Combine this corroborative research from different
disciplines, different nations and different scientist we
see a consistent compass of what is happening. How we
address this is the new dialogue. Even more complex than the
science. Certainly new data and insights will sharpen our
focus, but I'm not optimistic because there is little
cooperation among dissenting opinions. The longer we keep
the actual issue (man made climate change) off the table,
the less time we have. We are, I think, shortening our run
way...something pilots know all too well.