John Ransom

Von wrote: Here's a clue, John, about the cost for climate change in the near future: PUBLIC WORKS! I should thank you since I'm going to be really busy. Unfortunately many places won't be able to pay for the costs so lots of people will die. --Settled Science Brakes Into Cold Sweat

Dear Comrade Von,

Wow, it's a wonder that I'm not deaf.


Truthfully, it looks like you have nothing but time since you’re writing here arguing with a guy who's never going to agree with you anyway.

Part of it is ideological. And part of it is neurological.

I think there's something wrong with your brain.

Because I'm not exactly sure what public works has to do with climate change; but then I'm not sure what climate change has to do with global warming. Tell me: are they still the same thing?

I missed the last UN report on climate change, so I'm not sure what it's supposed to mean these days.

On the other hand, let's talk about your brain damage: you could have some rare form of Tourette's where you shout out civil phrases like: POLICE CAR! Or AMBULANCE! Or CITY HALL!

Many places won't be able to pay for the cost of what? Climate change? Public works?

Many places can't pay for the costs of public works now.

But here's the thing: After 30 years of doomsday predictions about people dying from global warming, I don't think you can point to one documented death from so-called warming.

People die every year from heat prostration. But fewer people die from it than they did 100 years ago. And you want to give up all of that progress that we've made, just at a time when developing economies need the same amenities that developed economies have.

I can guarantee you that denying these developing economies cheap and reliable sources of energy have already led to deaths.

How many people you think die every day because certain countries don't have enough police officers, police cars or ambulances? If you were truly worried about the people you say you worry about you would address that problem today, rather than worrying about some mythical future that's always 30 years away.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.