Global Warming: The secretary of energy says the U.S. doesn't need to be 100% certain humans are heating the planet to enact policies to mitigate climate change. Apparently just a hunch will do.
Speaking Monday at the National Press Club, Steven Chu said "you don't need 100% certainty" to put solutions in effect. A mere 80% or 90%, he said, is enough. The secretary's not-so-startling comment is revealing on two levels.
First, he admits that, despite the political left's claims that human-caused global warming is occurring and the debate is over, it is not an established fact. It is, at best, speculation.
Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia until the Climate-gate e-mail scandal led to a change in his status, represented the equivocating positions of climate scientists when he refused earlier this year to say that he is certain that humans are heating their planet.
Jones had his chance to establish his position in a February interview with the BBC. But he chose to say that while he's 100% sure Earth is warming, he goes "along with IPCC Chapter 9" on the question of cause.
Though it's been shown to be sorely lacking in credibility, Chapter 9 of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change does unambiguously claim that "human-induced warming of the climate system is widespread." But why did Jones lean on that document? Where is the courage of his conviction? It's clear he is unwilling to be responsible for the statements he's made and is leaving himself an escape route because he's not fully certain.
Second, Chu confirmed what we've been saying for years: The alarmists are using the global warming scare to force Americans to make significant changes in their personal lives. Chu and the rest don't need full certainty. They need just enough to increase taxes, force energy costs higher and regulate our choices.
The alarmists are in such a rush, they won't even consider the sobering data of a cost-benefit analysis. Nor will they acknowledge that humans can adapt if adaptation is required, and their central planning isn't necessary. All they need is to whip up hysteria that a "crisis" is coming so they can remake the world to fit their whims.
Remember, two members of the Obama administration, neither of them Chu, have publicly said they believe that crises shouldn't go to waste — they are opportunities to force the sweeping change they favor.
Public policy should not be based on science that is unsure and still evolving. It shouldn't be based on the notion that Americans have to pay for the sin of affluence. Public policy needs a firm foundation, not the shaky ground of guesswork and ideology.
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