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Guilty as Charged: I’m A Climate Change Denialist December 28, 2016 12:00 PM | Tagged as Pruitt
WSJ 28 December 2016 “Climateers Can’t Handle the Truth” by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
As readers of The Biz Bucks Blog can attest, The Biz Bucks Guy is less than convinced that we earthlings are changing the climate of our planet, at least in some way worthy of hysteria.
The Biz Bucks Guy spent much of his early career as an engineer and project manager cleaning up the environment, including projects related to clean water, clean air, and ridding the state of Arizona from PCBs, an alleged carcinogen. No one should confuse me with wanting to hurt our planet. However, The Biz Bucks Guy has also had several incidences wherein it became clear that radical environmentalists are not telling us the truth.
Lately, while running, President-elect Trump brought one aspect of the radical environmental movement to light when he said at a campaign rally in South Carolina one year ago about climate advocacy: “It’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.” The Donald is right.
If you have not read the final novel, State of Fear, by the late Michael Crichton, you should do so. It is a compelling and well documented expose of the Big Enviro industry. It’s all about money. The 21-page annotated bibliography at the back of the book is very insightful, and worth the price of the book. Granted, the book is a bit dated, being published in 2004, but the world hasn’t changed on this subject except for more hysteria and more money being extracted from those who don’t know the difference between feeling good vs. actually doing good.
Recently, President-elect Trump nominated Scott Pruitt, the Attorney General of Oklahoma to be head of the Federal EPA. The NY Times ran the headline, “Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead EPA.”
Wow! That’s cool. It’s no longer Denier, it’s Denialist. Is that an improvement or what? At least we skeptics are finally one notch above the deniers of the holocaust.
What Pruitt has actually is on record saying is this, “Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.”
Is this heresy?
Is it not OK to make an obvious case for rational discussion on this issue?
Is it too late for facts on climate change?
The Biz Bucks Guy looks forward to a national and rational debate on the science of climate change. Perhaps the Senate confirmation hearings for Pruitt will be a good place to start. Such a debate would start with the moral case for fossil fuels. As Holman points out, because many countries have rejected the idea of suppressing fossil fuels, but instead were in favor of economic growth, some one billion people have raised themselves out of extreme poverty over the past twenty years.
In the meantime, until a real consensus is reached, color The Biz Bucks Guy a Climate Change Denialist.
[Although opinion is included, The Biz Bucks Blog is primarily written to former students of Biz Bucks training courses to encourage their daily reading of the three opinion pages of the WSJ. This refreshes principles of Biz Bucks courses and improves business acumen on topics not discussed in Biz Bucks training.]
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