Editor and Residents,
Tomorrow we may be voting for carbon tax. It seems to me we would do this because we are very concerned about global warming and want a way to restrict our contribution to this problem. I recently listened to Physics Nobel laureate Ivar Giaever in a speech entitled “Global warming revisited”. It was an interesting perspective to the present day current of “global warming being the most dangerous threat to our existence”.
From 1880 to 2015 the earth’s temperature has increased 0.3% (288K to 288.8K). this shows that it is increasing (slightly) and shows that it is amazingly stable….
At one time our area was in an ice age and almost entirely covered in glaciers. As the glaciers receded they carved out the natural beauty we enjoy recreating and living in today. So what is the earth’s ideal temperature? If there is more CO2 don’t plants grow faster? Isn’t it true that the U.S. is currently seeing a “low period” of hurricane and tornado activity? So it is difficult to tie the climate change to extreme weather in our country.
I find myself concerned that we are reacting in this way, imposing another tax on ourselves, to relieve our conscience and think we are now leading the way here in the U.S. to stop global warming. Will we look back and say, ” That was out of ignorance and was reactionary” ?
Listening to Giaever is at least helpful in getting another perspective before making your decision on Initiative 732. Watch HERE.