Sunday, May 9, 2010

Global Warming

     The question has been asked, Should the United States take initiative to reduce man made global warming?  No, the United states should not try to reduce Global Warming for three reasons; spending of taxpayer dollars, increased government restriction, and the lack of evidence for Global Warming.
      Before anyone buys anything they evaluate the cost, or should.  So how much would it cost to fix Global Warming?  The Climate Change bill (a bill written to solve Global Warming) has a budget of $79 billion, (Boshni) this is a major dent in the economy, and one we cannot afford.  A weaker economy means that smaller businesses will go bankrupt, and it will discourage entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. This downplays the free market, which is a major disadvantage.
      The second reason the U.S. government should not try and reduce Global Warming is all the additional restrictions that will be imposed. To give you an idea of what the Climate Change bill restricts here is an excerpt from the book Protectionism Under a Green Label  "The Waxman-Markey Climate Change Bill was introduced by democrats Henry Waxman and Edward Markey. It would establish an aggressive cap-and-trade program, initiatives aimed at promoting renewable energy (25 percent renewable by 2025), energy efficiency, updating standards for transportation emissions, and reducing greenhouse gases emissions (GHG emissions)." (Boshni)More stringent CAFE standards (transportation emissions) would mean, lighter, more dangerous cars. More restrictions on GHG emissions would mean less gas production in America and causing us to rely on foriegn contries for oil.  More restrictions mean less freedom.
      With all the disadvantages I've mentioned we'd better make sure that Global Warming is a significant problem.  So, is Global Warming a real issue, or a normal phase in the weather?  Some say it is a real issue; "That forests cut down in the Amazon may reduce carbon sequestration, and hence speed up global climate change, is only one example of the environmental chain of causation. Forests also perform a variety of ecosystem services, such as improving air quality, enriching soil, providing renewable resources, regulating hydrology, and contributing to biodiversity." (Ethan Goffman) There is a consensus in the scientific community that Global Warming is a real phenomenon, but the data say different. In fact the average global temperature has only increased 1 degree since 1860. Maybe if the temperature has increased 1 degree every year, (Readinger) that might be a problem. However, 1 degree in 150 years, is not a significant problem.
      So we see this is not a significant problem to be dealt with. Why should we spend more money, regulate more, and take away freedom, for something that's not a problem?


  1. Elizabeth FullerMay 14, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    I like it a lot. :)
    You did a very nice job.

  2. You are one smart young man! Let me know when you plan to run for president.You have my vote. :)