The editorial-gang missed the point, obviously, and the legislator was exactly right, to wit, that the climate on both orbs is totally beyond both the creation and change of people, just as people have no ability to void earthquakes and hurricanes. They can only react; otherwise, they would already have plans for a bridge to England for solar-powered cars.
On any hot day, the global-warming alarmists salivate and predict that the sky is falling while reasonable (old) people sigh, aware that there were 21 days in Lexington, Ky., during 1936 that topped out at 100+ degrees. The summer of 1936 was the hottest summer ever recorded in Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green. During July 8-15 of 1936, all major reporting stations reported 100 degree temperatures each day.
The point of the editorial was that coal has to go since its generator-plant “smoke,” notably its carbon dioxide (which everyone exhales with every breath), is killing the earth. It also arises from the oceans, some 73% or so of the earth’s surface, about which people can do nothing. Perhaps folks could take turns breathing in order to stop the CO2 glut but someone would probably cheat.
Remember Copenhagen 2009, the big manmade-planet-killing-convention at which President Obama, fresh from his Nobel Peace Prize speech, was the featured speaker. Even Speaker Pelosi (with 20 Congresspersons) flew in, as well as about 200 other government apparatchiks from throughout the world. Obama had just done his “apology tour,” so the dignitaries expected an apology speech by Obama for the USA’s unspeakable climate-sins, though it couldn't/can’t hold a candle (no pun intended) to the volumes of crap generated into the atmosphere by billions of folks in China and India, world leaders in the emissions of CO2, which is harmless anyway.
The UN-IPCC gang comprised the so-called top climate-peer-group in 2009 and before, with its main gurus residing in England (East Anglia University) plus a guru in the U.S., Michael Mann (famous hockey-stick fraud), now of Penn State University. This was the group to bring on cap-and-trade, designed to mostly cripple U.S. industry, following Obama's lead in 2008 when he promised skyrocketing electricity rates and the dissolution of coal-fired generators.
Just prior to Copenhagen, through their own e-mails to each other these “peers” accidentally exposed the fact that they had cooked the books in their “research,” making it appear that global warming was happening and primarily a man-made thing. In the U.S., their work eventuated in the silly cap/trade legislation passed by the House without any of its members actually reading the bill, enhanced by 300 pages between midnight and dawn of the day it was considered.
Actually, there has been no consistent trend in the last 17 or so years to indicate global warming, man-made or otherwise. In fact, sea ice in the southern oceans stood this year at the highest volumes ever recorded. The Copenhagen clambake ended in a shambles…and 24-carat embarrassment for Obama and his Pelosi-partners-in-crime. The democrat-controlled Senate never touched cap-and-trade. Even Harry Reid wasn't that dumb.
According to the National Climatic Data Center, the record hottest year in Kentucky was 1921; the coldest, 1917. In Lexington, the average number of days per year above 90 degrees is 22; the average number below freezing, 95.
This is from the Washington Post of 09 July 1971: “The world could be as little as 50 or 60 years away from a disastrous new ice age, a leading atmospheric scientist predicts. Dr. S. I. Rasool of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Columbia says that… .” Yep, the reason had to do with the burning of fossil fuels, the same reason given for earth becoming hotter now. The professional climatologists would probably be the first to claim that the models and theories used in their predictions are not to be trusted. Empirically, this is quite true.
And so it goes.