This is the third of a series of topical columns titled The Right Stuff to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of our country at every level of government.
Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking Feb. 16 in Jakarta, Indonesia, urged them to take steps to combat climate change. He warned “that failure to act would jeopardize that nation’s resources and damage its economy.” He also said, “It’s not an exaggeration to say to you that your entire way of life, that you live and love, is at risk.”
Kerry did not say what specific steps Indonesia should take. He cast the problem in near apocalyptic terms, by describing climate change as “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” He ended by stating, “the scientific debate over climate change was settled, with 97 percent of scientists saying the problem is real.”
He did not mention that many “scientific records” used in these predictions had been altered to match their conclusion.
As a young man, I remember other “experts” predicting global catastrophes. They were predicting massive weather change in the 1950s as the result of testing atomic bombs. In the early 1970s, a new Ice Age was predicted, again by “experts,” because of a study that showed temperature-sensitive trees dying in the northern states.
Who can forget the predictions of “Silent Spring” and remember the prediction of that world-renowned scholar, Ted Danson, that melting ice in the pole areas would cause the ocean to rise, flooding major coastal cities?
Now for verified facts.
For the past 10,000 years there have been three relatively long global cold spells. The Little Ice Age (approximately 1550-1850 AD) is the most recent and best documented, especially in Europe. Between 800 and 1200, Europe basked in a warm spell known as the Medieval Warm Period. Temperatures were 2 to 3 degrees Celsius higher than today. There were vineyards and farms flourishing farther north and at higher elevations than they do today. Calmer sea conditions and reduced pack ice encouraged exploration and allowed the Vikings to sail and settle in new areas such as Iceland and Greenland. Greenland was so named to encourage Vikings to settle there and become farmers in areas that have been under glaciers since 1600 AD.
What is my point?
Fact: Earth’s climate is always changing and earthquakes, above and below the sea, along with gas-producing volcanoes, also affect climate for periods of time. Sunspots have a definite influence on the oceans and we all know that the varying temperatures of the oceans affect our weather. None of the above are man-made and man can do nothing to change those effects.
The real reason for John Kerry and now the president to be excited about climate change (formerly known as global warming) is money. Remember, follow the money trail. Look at chief promoter Al Gore and government officials (including Solano County) who see a major source of wealth and tax money.
Don’t take my words as fact. Do your own research. In the past, in Central America before the coming of the Spanish, the “experts” used to offer human sacrifices to the gods to change weather and in Europe they strangled witches to change weather. Did that work?
Today’s lockstep politicians are just singing different words to the same old tune.
Rod Keck is a Fairfield resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.