by Jim Hollingsworth, a building contractor in Kootenai County Idaho
First published by Science & Public Policy Institute, June 20, 2010
Reference: Hansen, James. Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity. Bloomsbury, USA, 2009.
While scientists the world over continue to study and debate what part man has played (if any) in the gentle warming that took place mainly in the latter half of the last century, Dr. James Hansen is absolutely certain. The purpose of his book is to scare us into taking immediate and drastic action to control greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide. Although Dr. Hansen is a scientist, his work is more political than scientific. He makes an emotional appeal and he does it by attempting to build fear that there will be no world left for our grandchildren to live in.
Few people are really concerned about global warming. Most know that change is the one constant you can expect with any climate. When doing surveys of what is important to people global warming is generally listed dead last. Those who believe that our world is headed for disaster will welcome Dr. Hansen’s book: He may also catch a few gullible. But, most of the rest of the world are more concerned about raising their standard of living, and even having things like clean water, and safe sanitary facilities, than they are about global warming. Having cheap and universally available energy, especially electricity, has saved many lives the world over.
Because of the fact that climate change is recognized as just a normal part of the history of the earth most people are simply not convinced by the kinds of arguments put forth by Dr. Hansen and other global warming alarmists. The alarmists are like Chicken Little who ran around saying: “The sky is falling; I must go and tell the king”. But there is no more substance in their predictions than there was in Chicken Little’s.
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