John Stossel on Climate Change

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And while the sun and moon endure Luck’s a chance, but trouble’s sure, I’d face it as a wise man would, And train for ill and not for good. — A. E. Housman

John Stossel, in an opinion piece in today’s Elmira Star-Gazette, disparages efforts to combat climate change.  Stossel’s view is political rather than scientific or religious — he doubts the ability of humanity today to do anything useful to help ourselves.

On the positive side, Stossel doesn’t flatly deny man’s contribution to global warming, but pooh-pooh’s it.  Stossel, who is not a scientist, assures us that carbon, unlike soot and sulfur, is no pollutant, so we needn’t worry.

According to Stossel, anything we might do today is futile. Mockingly, he writes:

  • We already waste billions on pointless gestures that make people think we’re addressing global warming.
  • Clueless scaremongers like Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Cal., seize on weather disasters to blame man’s carbon output.
  • ludicrous subsidies to Al Gore’s “green” investments
  • What we do now is pointless.
  • If serious warming happens, we can adjust …
  • What global warming hysterics want to fight is merely carbon dioxide.

Stossel informs us that “industrialization allows people to use fewer resources. Stossel would have us believe that the Iroquois in Colonial times consumed prodigious amounts of natural resources per person. Who knew?

While Stossel is pessimistic about mankind’s ability to address climate change today, he is wildly optimistic about the future.  He writes: “Someday we’ll probably invent technology that could reduce man’s greenhouse gas creation, but we’re nowhere close to that now.” He suggests that we don’t worry ourselves now, secure in the knowledge that people alive in the future will easily deal with whatever damage we do to the Earth. It’s a cheery thought, but what if they can’t?

© William Hungerford – January 2014

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5 Responses to John Stossel on Climate Change

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    A a child, Mr. Stossel must never had anyone read Aesop’s ” The Ant and the Grasshopper” to him. It’s hard to determine if John Stossel, and others who speak on this topic with the same ignorance; seriously believe what they say, or are just very well paid for their “views”.

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  2. BOB McGILL says:

    Are you enjoying Global Warming now ? There is more than enough Scientific evidence to challenge the Global Warming theory. There are many who think mankind would be much better off if the planet warmed up a few degrees. Besides if Al Gore can invent the internet he can come up with a solution to climate change, wouldn’t you think ?

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  3. Deb Meeker says:

    Bob, didn’t you know that climate change isn’t just ‘global warming’? The effects of climate change include much more severe swings in common trends. So, winters will be colder, as well as summers being hotter. Climate change is what has brought the stronger snow storms, with as well as the stronger typhoons and tornadoes all over the globe.

    “Ice re-forms during winter, but due to warmer waters the amount of re-formed ice appears to be decreasing. Ice that was previously considered “permanent” is now melting. That leaves an ever-decreasing base of ice at the beginning of each melting season.
    Sea ice plays an important role in keeping temperatures down around the world. Whereas sea ice reflects 80 percent of sunlight back into the atmosphere, ocean water absorbs 90 percent of sunlight . As melting ice exposes more ocean to direct sunlight, scientists expect water temperatures to rise, accelerating the ice melt.”…….http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/arctic-ice.htm

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  4. BOB McGILL says:

    Get up to date, the ice is forming at a faster rate into larger ice sheets. A Russian scientist was concerned about the perma- frost melting in Siberia so he planted pine trees which reversed the melting. With more CO2 the planet is getting greener because plants thrive in a CO2 rich atmosphere. More CO2 means more plant life which means more food for people and the green then cools the planet. There is and always has been a natural balance, all one has to do is wait for each cycle to complete its self. SUN SPOT CYCLES, Ocean warming and cooling cycles and oscillation. Also there have been fewer storms this year and the average temperature has not gone up in 15 years. Many of the experts agree that we are headed for another ICE AGE !!!!!!!!!!
    WOULDN’T THAT BE NICE

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  5. Deb Meeker says:

    Bob, you are misinformed, but most people that believe that climate change is not from man made pollution are. Hopefully we’ll both be around long enough for you to see the light.

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