Rep. Mike Noel, Kanab, sponsored a resolution in the Utah House yesterday, which passed, demanding that Utah be taken out of the Western Climate Initiative.
His reason: He doesn’t “believe” in man-caused global warming and, in an interview on KUER, was even quoted as saying that Carbon Dioxide, a climate changing gas, is not a “pollutant.”
Is that a fine piece of BS or what?
Gov. Jon Huntsman has made it clear he intends to ignore the non-binding resolution. That’s good, but let’s look at Rep. Noel’s idea anyway, which is wrong on just about every level one can find.
First off, global warming, or climate change, is not something you “believe in.” It is a fact, recorded and documented. Man’s contribution to climate change is also very, very well documented. The rise in carbon in the atmosphere paralleling the industrial revolution is very plainly recorded, observed, documented, proven, whatever word you want to use.Interestingly, I covered a symposium on climate change sponsored by the National Weather Service the same day Rep. Noel was blathering on about his beliefs. It’s too bad he wasn’t there, because it featured a whole raft of PhDs who have made their live’s work studying what’s making the polar caps melt, animals change their habitat and temperatures around the globe slowly rise.
Rep. Noel would have done well to go to the meeting since, if their data is correct, the area around Kanab, in southern Utah, is going to be looking at a lot hotter and drier time in the not-so-distant future. Among other things this will mean? Flows of water in the Colorado River will be between 8 and 20 percent less.
The Colorado River, by the way, is where Rep. Noel thinks he’s going to get the water to cool that nuclear plant he’s so hot to have built. No water, no plant. Just that prospect, one would think, would make him at least give the evidence a look-see.
Which brings us to that whole “believe” business. Observed data is not something you “believe.” Faith is faith, but science is science. If it’s belief you want, take up the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, with its “belief” that global warming is caused by the reduction in the numbers of pirates in the world. It makes as much sense.
As far as CO2 not being a “pollutant,” that’s intentional misdirection on Rep. Noel’s part. No, CO2 will not kill you if it is part of the air you breath, as long as the air you breath also includes oxygen. Whether it “pollutes” is not the question: It is a chemical, and chemicals react. In CO2′s case, that reaction is raising temperatures that will permanent alter Utah’s climate.