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It’s not time to gamble with climate change PDF Print E-mail

 

Letter to the Editor:

One does not have to be a greybeard to recall anticipating several weeks, as opposed to several days, of 20 below weather. Local business in our “snowmobile mecca”?certainly won’t dispute the decline in revenues as winters have become consistently milder.

“Big Oil” (corporations in the oil, coal and natural gas industries) has bankrolled scientific research to question the conventional wisdom of man’s role in climate change.

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the sincerity of someone being waterboarded, scientist on the corporate dole have trivialized the issue with the assertion that there have always been cycles of warming and cooling. These observations are undeniable, but irrelevant. The crisis is not a warming trend, but the impact that the Industrial Revolution has had on typical cycles. What could have taken tens of thousands of years may now have been observed generationally.

 

I recently read about an oil executive who, while acknowledging climate change, is confident that mankind will adapt. He is willing to bet the farm (it’ll be desert soon anyway) on the possibility that vegetables will be grown in Greenland when currently arable soils are no longer productive.

Since there will always be winners and losers, he concludes, we are supposed to simply “live with it!” Insatiable greed cannot concern itself with devastation in its wake.

Gambling with climate change could wreak havoc upon world economies. Catastrophic storms and protracted drought could lead to world war as all humanity attempts to survive the subsequent cataclysmic challenges.

Is the continued profitability of Big Oil worth that risk? Where is the harm in converting to sustainable Green energy? It would be a lot easier for Big Oil to adapt, diversify, even lead the charge to Green energy than for all mankind to adapt to global warming.

Terrance Moe

Three Lakes

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:26 PM
Last Updated on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:55 PM
 

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0 #3 2014-03-04 09:21
Well here we are, on March 4th, of 2014 and we have had the coldest winter on record.

I thought you said it was going to warm up???
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-10 #2 2013-02-15 17:45
Have you not seen Mr. Moe on the road? I beleive his is the one with a hood made up of solar panels, his car roof has an attached wind turbine, and he needs to haul a trailer with the hundreds of batteries he needs to constantly charge and use.

Doesn't everyone love the liberal hypocracy? I would call Mr. Moe a limousine liberal ala Al Gore and Michael Moore, but I am sure Mr. Moe would not use an evil gas guzzling limo to find his way around town.
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-6 #1 Denny Erardi 2013-02-14 19:10
In the face of only emotional assertions, no factual data nor citations, it's difficult to put forth a reasoned response to Mr. Moe's concerns. A response would be to ask Mr. Moe what type of vehicle he drives, how he heats and cools his home, what level of recycling does he use, does he purchase products using petroleum or petroleum byproducts.

Statements like "scientist on the corporate dole", and pejorative monikers like "Big Oil", serve the primary purpose of provoking folks and polarizing the issue.

Companies like Exxon, Chevron, BP, Conoco all have extraordinarily large research and development budgets which are used not only towards improving current technologies, but investigating alternative sources. The harm in converting to what you call sustainable green energy, is that it isn't sustainable in quantities remotely able to fill the demand of the U. S., nor is it economically feasible.

All, in my opinion......
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