To the Editor:
Three (or many more) cheers to President Donald Trump for doing as he promised, and getting us out of the Paris Accord.
I use three cheers for the following reasons:
First, there is no proof, just models, that increasing CO2 levels significantly warm the Earth. There has been no significant warming now for 19 years, as determined by satellite data.
Last year, there were at least 60 peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals demonstrating that today’s warming isn’t global, unprecedented or remarkable. Just within the last five months, 58 more papers and 80 new graphs have been published that continue to show no unusual global-scale warming during modern times.
Second, CO2 is not a pollutant. Increasing CO2 levels are showing an increasing greening of the earth. We can use more CO2 in the atmosphere, not less. So, there is no justification for controlling CO2 emissions.
That’s not to say other emissions are not pollutants and need controlling, like NOx, Sox, soot, etc. But our country is taking the lead on that independent of any U.N. accord/demand.
Further, there is no evidence of any increases in severe weather: hurricanes, floods, drought, sea level acceleration, etc. Arctic ice and the Greenland ice cap are both expanding not shrinking.
As for the Antarctic, a new paper from Demezhko et al., 2017, shows high geothermal heat flux from below melts ice sheets, drives temperatures and CO2 variations.
Third, even if some discount the facts above, acting on the Paris Accord would never succeed in the goals presented. The U.S. was supposed to cut CO2 emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. This meant that total CO2 emissions from electricity generation in 2050 cannot exceed 364 million metric tons. To accomplish this goal would mean shutting down all coal-fired power plants and one-third of all existing gas power plants.
Today, the U.S. has 1,068,422 mega watts of installed capacity. Making the required cuts would mean a loss of 41 percent of our current production capacity, let alone what we will need in 2050.
A good source for numbers behind the demands of the Paris Accord can be found in the new publication by Donn Dears: “CLEXIT for a Brighter Future: The Case for Withdrawing from United Nations’ Climate Treaties” 2017.
Thank you, Mr. President.