In the fog of scandals, it has fairly well been lost that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rolled out new regulations setting in motion coal’s destruction as an energy source in the United States. We continue to be told that no respectable scientist argues against the case of climate change. Some have even argued the scientific debate is over (as if any scientific debate can ever be over). So we set out to find a legitimate scientific expert who argues against the current mantra. We searched far and wide (not really -- it was easy) and found two climatologists.
This all happened because of the Obama Administration’s organized assault leading up to the EPA rule changes. They even dragged in Secretary of State John Kerry, making it a matter of national interest. Kerry stated, “If we make the necessary efforts to address the challenge – and suppose I’m wrong, 97% of them are wrong -- suppose they are, what is the worst that can happen?” Obviously Mr. Kerry never met an out-of-work coal miner who is part of a devastated community shut down by the new rules. The campaign resulted in the release of the National Assessment on Climate Change, which casts a long shadow over anyone doubting there is climate change (which technically no one could doubt as there is always changing climate).
I contacted Dr. Patrick J. Michaels after reading his column on the matter. Dr. Michaels is no pedestrian climatologist. He is the former president of the American Association of State Climatologists. He was a research professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Virginia (that school Thomas Jefferson founded) for 30 years. Michaels was a contributing author and reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2007. Dr. Michaels’ first assignment was for me to read the analysis he did with Paul C. Knappenberger of the draft report of the National Assessment. I had to read all 133 pages.