How did we ever get to this point where bad science is driving big government to punish the citizens for living the good life that fossil fuels provide for us?
The story begins with an Oceanographer named Roger Revelle. He served with the Navy in World War II. After the war he became the Director of the Scripps Oceanographic Institute in La Jolla in San Diego, California. Revelle saw the opportunity to obtain major funding from the Navy for doing measurements and research on the ocean around the Pacific Atolls where the US military was conducting atomic bomb tests. He greatly expanded the Institute’s areas of interest and among others hired Hans Suess, a noted Chemist from the University of Chicago, who was very interested in the traces of carbon in the environment from the burning of fossil fuels. Revelle tagged on to Suess studies and co-authored a paper with him in 1957. The paper raises the possibility that the carbon dioxide might be creating a greenhouse effect and causing atmospheric warming. It seems to be a plea for funding for more studies. Funding, frankly, is where Revelle’s mind was most of the time.
But the Democrats are going to ride the Global Warming horse as far as it will go. Already they’re talking of regulating our CO2 footprints. This will allow them to regulate every facet of our lives under the claim that they’re saving the planet. And you know that the planet takes precedence over any individual…except for true believers.
Don’t get any ideas that it’s something that’s going to bite across the board. People like Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi will still fly everywhere on private jets. They’re just too valuable to tie down with the same rules as they will impose on the rest of us.