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Your Opinion: Ignore climate alarmists

Your Opinion: Ignore climate alarmists

April 10th, 2014 by Nelson Otto, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

Debating with climate alarmists is basically futile; any credible scientist is immediately dismissed as being in the pocket of big oil, even if there is no evidence to support these claims. I hope one day that these defamed scientists will start fighting back by suing for libel and slander.

Alarmists try to make skeptical scientists out as evil greedy people trying to mislead the public while their scientists are paragons of virtue. They forget to tell people that their scientists are dependent on government grants and that money going into researching climate change has gone from millions to billions and they are requesting the spending go into the trillions. As one scientist put it, if you want to get a grant for studying the nut-gathering habits of squirrels just add "as affected by climate change" and it will most likely be approved.

As one senator in hearing, put so accurately "The U.S. government is not in the habit of funding research unless it is a crisis." So scientists must keep the illusion of a crisis going as long as possible. The new IPCC report is filled with more doomsday predictions, remember all the previous predictions, each one of those deadlines have come and gone and not one of those predictions has come true. (They keep ignoring that.) Climate is actually better then it was 30 years ago. Don't take my word for it go look it up, credible data is out there.

It is doubtful that other countries will follow us; after all they didn't follow us to the moon. The carbon tax, oh wait "fee" (where have we heard that before) is crazy, think about it, you will have to pay more maybe even a lot more when you need the energy, like a freezing winter, and then get paid back sometime; when, who knows? Increased regulations will make energy harder to get and prices to go up, who is hurt, we are and for what, something that "might" happen. Sure climate changes, it always has and will continue until the sun turns the earth into a burnt cinder.

I respectfully ask Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill to please not pass any carbon fees (taxes) and to please reduce the strangling restrictions on energy. People work hard, many struggle to make ends meet. Don't make it harder for us then you have too.