Roy W. Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, rebuts the alarmists and dreamers who prefer feel-good solutions and wishful thinking to the arduous and expensive research needed to address global warming. From “Reality Deniers“:
I am astounded by the naiveté of those folks who seem to think there is some magic, non-polluting energy source out there that “Big Oil” has been hiding from us until all of the petroleum runs out. As these reality deniers continue to drive cars and fly in airplanes, they deny the fact that mankind’s dependence on oil is not out of choice, but necessity.
It makes me cringe when I see bloggers and pundits say things like, “What’s the downside of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions? Even if we’re wrong about man-made global warming, we’ll end up with better energy technologies and cleaner air. And if we’re right, we’ll save the planet!”
The only problem is, no matter how serious you think global warming will be, our current renewable-energy technologies and conservation will make virtually no difference to future global temperatures.
Spencer also has smart comments about education, entertainment and the need for nuclear energy.
Along those lines, we note that the presidential candidates all seem to have a line about the need to increase energy R&D. It’s as if that’s a brand new idea, and doggone it, why haven’t Congress and the private sector thought of that before.
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