Political Warming

Op-Ed Columnist George F. Will recently wrote a column “The Media Heats Up Over Global Warming.” If you didn’t catch it, you missed the irony.

As a geologist and petroleum engineer, I have called myself an earth scientist for nearly 60 years. I do care deeply and study the literature about global temperatures. Some 35 years ago, I was told to be alarmed by Science Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, The New York Times and other crusading journalists about global cooling, which was “well established” and a “return of the Ice Age,” etc.

Geologists do know that the historical date robustly correlates the historical Earth’s temperature with sun spots. The irony is that as far as I know, the Kyoto Treaty does not mention sun spots.

What amazing computerized weather forecasting skill that project hundreds of years in the future can’t seem to forecast the weather for next Memorial Day.

Global Warming, at least to me, is a political wealth transfer issue of trillions of United States dollars. It is not an honest debate about earth science. The conclusions are by no means unanimous.

Wayne E. Swearingen

Updated 04-26-2006

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