Global warming far from most pressing issue

Freedom New Mexico

A nongovernmental panel of renown scientists recently concluded that not only is the slight warming of the atmosphere in recent decades insignificant, there now are signs of cooling. And even so, temperature fluctuations most likely are naturally occurring, and a resumption of warming would even be beneficial.

That’s why we find great wisdom in growing sentiment among even scientists who believe warming is occurring and man-made greenhouse gases may have something to do with it, but suggest that instead of trying to reverse climate change, it’s better to adapt to the inevitable.

In an analysis published in the journal Natural Hazards Review, Roger A. Pielke Jr., environmental policy expert at the University of Colorado at Boulder, argued that global warming this century will play a much smaller role in unleashing planetary havoc than popularly alleged.

The Los Angeles Times last week summed up the position of this new breed of skeptics this way: “Instead of spending trillions of dollars to stabilize carbon dioxide levels across the planet — an enormously complex and expensive proposition — the world could work on reducing hunger, storm damage and disease now, thereby neutralizing some of the most feared future problems of global warming.”

Noted environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg, author of “Cool It — The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming,” has made the same argument for years. Efforts to stop global warming cost hundreds of billions of dollars, Lomborg notes, and “are often based on emotional rather than strictly scientific assumptions, and may very well have little impact on the world’s temperature for hundreds of years.”

Instead, Lomborg argues, focus should be on more immediate concerns, such as fighting malaria and HIV/AIDS and providing safe, fresh water, all which can be done at a fraction of the cost and save millions of lives within our lifetime.

Already, 48 percent of Americans say they wouldn’t pay even one more penny in gasoline taxes to reduce greenhouse gases, according to a poll by the National Center for Public Policy Research. We find that utterly reasonable, as most people will when the trillion-dollar price tag becomes apparent to enforce Draconian measures for curbing so-called global warming.