Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Conservative View: Short Lives and No Wisdom

This week's Conservative View, by Adair County Commissioner Russell Turner (R-Stilwell).
The Conservative View
by Russell Turner

Short Lives and No Wisdom

It is very seldom that we humans live to be over 100 years of age, and when you look at the whole scheme of things 100 years is but an inkling in geologic time. We are able to see the cycles in the seasons throughout the year, but it is very hard for any person to witness the longer weather cycles that can last for decades. We assume that next year should be a carbon copy of the year before and the next year the same as the current one. Over the past week leaders from across the world have been attending the Climate Change summit in Denmark. Before we run headfirst into a brick wall in the name of controlling climate change, we need to look at the evidence of climate change in the past.

Throughout the long history of the earth there have been many mass extinctions of all kinds of animals. The dinosaurs lived and prospered on this earth far longer than we humans. There was no way that we humans could have caused that catastrophe, the demise of the dinosaurs was only one of many such events.

It was in the 1980’s that many in the main stream media were crying out that we were about to enter into another ice age (global cooling) now the thing in vogue is global warming. I just wish that these groups would make up their minds. Most Americans like me live in a modest home and do our best to live within their means. We spend all that we can afford to purchase more insulation for our homes, better windows, etc... Most of us are too poor to pollute very much of the planet by using too much energy. On the other hand, one of the biggest scare mongers out there (former vice president Al Gore) spends $30,000 in energy bills every year at his Nashville mansion, while he travels the world doing speaking engagements while flying his gas guzzling private jet spreading gloom and doom.

The elitists of our country have seldom had to live on a very limited budget, entering into some climate treaty will save energy because the majority of us will not have enough finances to purchase the energy we need. I am told that with age comes wisdom, it is sad that we don’t live long enough to see the long weather cycles of our planet.
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