Bush Does Not Refute that Global Warming Is Caused by Human Activity
For Immediate Release.
June 4, 2002 In its
report to the United Nations on climate change, the White house on June
3, 2002, defended the administration’s about-face stance on global warming.
Washington Times reported on June 4, 2002, that the Bush administration
said in its U.S. Climate Action report 2002, “Greenhouse gases are accumulating
in the earth’s atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing global
mean surface air temperatures, and subsurface ocean temperatures to
This is the first report
from the Bush administration that agrees with the environmental activists’
viewpoint that heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere created
by the human use of fossil fuels are the cause of global warming.
The controversy over
the report issued on May 31, 2002 by the United States Environmental
Protection Agency (US EPA) was addressed by White House spokesman Scott
McClellan. “(There remains) considerable uncertainty in
current understanding of how climate varies naturally,” said McClellan
pointing to its language and reiterating the administration’s stance.
Such uncertainty supports
opposition to the Kyoto Treaty’s goal of reducing US carbon dioxide
emissions by seven percent from their 1990 levels between 2008 to 2012
says the administration. The
report also endorses the President’s plan for voluntary measures by
U.S. companies as the best way to significantly reduce the growth of
greenhouse gas emissions,” while investing in new science and technology
to curb them said McClellan.
However, the President
does not dismiss the fact that there is no “scientific basis” that anthropogenic
activity results in warming. In
fact by endorsing voluntary measures to reduce anthropogenic greenhouse
gas emissions, he admits that the administration does believe that human
activity causes global warming.
Despite the President’s
wavering on this issue, it is highly likely according to several scientific
studies using proxy data that natural changes are responsible for these
small global temperature increases observed over the last quarter century
and over the last 100 years. In
fact, scientists have estimated that annually some 140 billion tons
of carbon dioxide cycle through the atmosphere.
And the U.S. and Canada emit about 1.7 billion tons relating
to human activity or about 1.21 percent.
Thus the remaining 98.79 percent is emitted by natural sources.
There is little reason
to believe that the ongoing increase in the atmosphere’s air carbon
dioxide concentrations may lead to catastrophic global warming. It is climate change that drives changes in
the air’s carbon dioxide concentration and not vice versa suggest several
observations of historical changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration
and air temperature. For example, air temperatures always rose first followed
by an increase later in atmospheric carbon dioxide some 400 to 1000
years later according to a study of the global warmings that signaled
the demise of the last three ice ages.
Similarly, air temperatures consistently declined prior to the
air’s carbon dioxide content causing carbon dioxide decreases to lag
behind by several thousand years according to a study for all glacial
inceptions of the past 500,000 years.
In their search for
the true cause of climate increases, many scientists now consider the
natural alterations in global ocean currents as a possible cause to
this small warming that has been observed over the years.
Once again President
Bush has decided to use double talk and not come out and openly refute
that global warming is not caused by anthropogenic activity. He has put politics ahead of sound science. His actions only empower proponents of global
warming as the President continues to compromise on core conservative
issues using a triangulation strategy in hopes of attracting moderate
to liberal voters.
President and his strategists do not realize that as he becomes more
of a pseudo-democratic he continues to alienate his conservative base,”
said Dr. Joel Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of
Public Policy. “Somehow they
have falsely convinced themselves by referring to opinion polls that
these conservatives, which will help him win an election, will support
him no matter how much he compromise issues important to them.“
The 2004 elections
are a long way off and anything can happen between now and then. However, the President should use history as
his guide in making his decisions.
For it was not too long ago that another President Bush enjoyed
a short-lived popularity as President after the Gulf War.
Bush’s father took conservatives for granted, they responded by staying
away from the polls at the next Presidential election," added Dr.
Rutkowski. "George H. Bush abandoned conservatives and became a
pseudo-democratic. And when
the American people had the opportunity to vote for a pseudo-democratic
or a real democratic, they voted for the real Democratic — former President
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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