Climate change not happening way academics say it is
Over the past few years there have been numerous letters printed on this page concerning climate change and global warming. The vast majority have been pro-global warming and have ridiculed anyone who would dare to express a contrary view, including myself once. Of those many pro-global warming letters, a large number of them have come from members of the Union College geology department.
That strikes me as funny, since one wouldn’t expect a geologist to have too much knowledge on this subject. Sure, you can find out a lot about the Earth’s history from studying the Earth’s crust, etc. But I know something about geology myself.
I took a geology course in college 36 years ago and my sixth grade daughter is currently studying rocks and minerals in her science class. But one would think that if any one would be an expert on the matter of climate change/global warming, it would be a climate scientist, a meteorologist, a physicist or an atmospheric scientist. Yet there haven’t been any letters from any of those types of people in this paper supporting it.
Another profession that would be expert on the matter is engineering. There have been several letters against climate change/global warming. Like I said above, they have been roundly ridiculed. But you know, they were right. There is little to no global warming going on, and that little bit is hardly cause by human activity.
There are two prominent individuals that I will refer to that back up my statement. Roy Spencer is a climate scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He says that the National Climatic Data Center (part of NOAA) made large adjustments to past summer temperatures for the U.S. Corn Belt, lowering past temperatures to make them cooler. Adjusting past temperatures downward creates a significant warming trend in the data that didn’t exist before. NCDC temperature data downloaded by Spencer in March 2014 looked quite different from data he downloaded this month.
Another expert on climate is Richard Lindzen, professor of meteorology at MIT. He says that while there has been some minor global warming over the past 150 years, it hasn’t been steady. In fact, there was some warming from 1900 to 1940, then there was cooling until the early- to mid-1990s for a brief period. Since then, there hasn’t been any warming or cooling. He also says that whatever the cause of this slight warming, CO2 has not been a factor in it. He also says that anyone in academia who speaks out against global warming is ostracized by the government and other scientists who don’t believe in global warming.
Just to add more evidence against global warming, late last year it was reported that the Antarctic ice is the biggest it has been since records of it were started. And the Arctic ice is larger than it has been in a number of years. On top of that, oceans are not rising as all the alarmists are saying. And just a few weeks ago, the United States had snow in all 50 states in one day.
One more thing, who says that warming is a bad thing? A warmer climate allows for plants to grow better, which will result in more food. It is better for humans and animals as well. Cold kills more people than warmth.
Obamacare not sole cause for decline in uninsured
In a recent report, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) touted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) success in significantly expanding health insurance coverage. The number of uninsured Americans has fallen from 46 million to 41 million, and the ACA deserves some credit for those gains. But these numbers say little about the quality of coverage.
Sixty percent of these gains, or 3 million people obtaining coverage, are the result of Medicaid enrollment, and having Medicaid is not guaranteed access to care. Compared to private insurance, Medicaid pays physicians very little, so they are less likely to accept Medicaid patients.
In a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, Medicaid patients were six times more likely to be denied an appointment than people with private insurance, and those who are accepted wait 42 days on average to see a doctor — two times longer than private insurance carriers.
To make matters worse, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that several states have cut Medicaid reimbursement rates to deal with other fiscal problems. These cuts will further discourage physicians from accepting new Medicaid patients. Meanwhile, the number of Medicaid enrollees is expected to increase by about 20 percent by 2023. When decreasing supply meets increasing demand, significant shortages occur.
Expanded access to health insurance does not mean expanded access to health care. President Obama and the HHS are critically mistaken to believe that the ACA is successful simply because more Americans have a new plastic card in their wallets.
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