October 5, 2009


Letters to the Editor and other People Speak

FROM- Deleware On Line

Unfair to blame climate change on global warming

Lester Brown's recent article in The News Journal clearly demonstrates his lack of knowledge of the real climate change situation and the possible role of renewable energy sources.

He has joined the ranks of the scientifically challenged government officials and media commentators who continue to regurgitate the old, tired Al Gore/James Hansen alarmist propaganda. He is apparently unaware of the rapidly increasing number of highly qualified climatologists and other scientists who have refuted the data and repudiated the conclusions of the IPCC reports. The climate is changing, as it always has, but the changes are because of a natural cycle of atmospheric factors, not to changes in the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere.

Increasing amounts of published new data clearly show the earth has undergone substantial periods of higher CO2 levels and higher temperatures without causing runaway global warming. Climate predictions based on unverifiable computer simulations should not indicate a need for drastic action.

Renewable sources of energy, such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass, combined to contribute only 2.5 percent of the nation's electricity requirements. Many billions of dollars and massive research-and-development projects would be required to even approach a contribution of 10 percent by 2020. Realistically, this country must operate on a carbon-based energy system for the foreseeable future, unless we go nuclear.

Albert Z. Conner, Wilmington


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