Kyoto Protocol data used incorrectly |

Kyoto Protocol data used incorrectly

The news media publishes articles on global warning and the dire results expected in the future. They do not report what hundreds of world-famous scientists tell us – that global warming is a minor occurrence in the vast arena of world climate changes.

Sallie Baliunas, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Deputy Director of Mount Wilson Observatory, received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in astrophysics from Harvard University. She has received many prestigious awards and has published over 200 scientific articles.

In a speech at Hillsdale College in Michigan on Feb. 5, 2002, she gave a comprehensive appraisal of global warming and the effects that the Kyoto Protocol would have on our lives. At the end, two conclusions were made: No catastrophic human-made global warming effects can be found in the best measurements of climate that we presently have. The longevity, health, welfare and productivity of humans have improved with the use of fossil fuels for energy, and the resulting human wealth has helped produce environmental improvements beneficial to health as well.

The primary greenhouse gas produced by burning fossil fuels is not a toxic pollutant. To the contrary, it is essential to life on Earth. Plants have flourished – agricultural experts estimate a 10 percent increase in crop growth in recent decades – due directly to the fertilization effect of increased carbon dioxide in the air.

The mid-range forecast of the most advanced computer simulations of climate show a 1 degree Celsius temperature increase over the next 50 years. Following the mandate of the Kyoto Protocol, U.S. energy use would be cut one fourth by the year 2012. This would change the expected temperature increase from 1 degree Celsius to 0.94 degree. An insignificant .06 degree improvement. This energy cut would hurt the U.S. economy by many billions of dollars.

The Kyoto Protocol does not cut energy use in Third World countries or in China, India or Mexico. China alone will become the world leader in emitting carbon dioxide.

Thomas Crosswhite

Grass Valley

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