Letter to the Editor

Changing the world’s climate

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Is “climate change” guaranteed to bring us higher temperatures? Can man change the world’s climate? Back in the 1950s, we tried to create rain by seeding the clouds. We were not successful then and haven’t been more successful since in trying to control the weather.

Today, the best weather predictions can only predict the weather for the next two weeks. How can anyone predict the weather 20 or 30 years from now? If our weather forecasting is that good, please tell us the weather for the Iowa Great Lakes in July and August. How about predicting the lake level by the end of the summer?

Renewable energy is a great idea. We should pursue it when it is viable. The most viable renewables are wind and solar. Our inability to produce all the electricity we need from wind and solar is a well-known problem. Even if wind and solar could produce all the power we need, there is no method to store the huge amounts of electrical energy when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine. Energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances have helped reduce our energy needs, but we will still need natural gas and coal for the foreseeable future.

According to Article II, Section 2 of our Constitution – to become a treaty of the United States – the agreement must be approved by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. Neither President Bush for the Kyoto agreement or President Obama for the Iran deal and Paris accords submitted them to the Senate for approval. The reason they were not submitted is that – it was known in advance – they would not be approved.

Under the Paris accords major polluters – China and India – do not have to make any climate improvements for 20 years. Many developing countries are expecting huge payments from the developed counties before they participate. For example, India does not have to do anything until they are paid 2 billion dollars. Who do you think is going to pay that cost? All three of these deals have fatal flaws that would not stand up to critical scrutiny in the Senate.

In two previous Letters to the Editor the states’ approval requirement for a Constitutional Amendment was incorrectly stated. The correct requirement is that three-fourths of the states must approve a Constitutional Amendment before it is in effect.

Phil Petersen

Okoboji