Representative Dennis Hedke's Rebuttal
to President Barack Obama's 'Climate Action Plan'
(As presented at EPA Region 7 Headquarters, November 4, 2013)
President Obama has now launched his plan to cut "carbon pollution." However, he and those at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) do not make a distinction between the element "carbon," which can be a pollutant, and the gas "CO2," which certainly is not. Furthermore, they suggest that CO2 emissions drive temperature increases and are therefore a dangerous threat to human health and welfare.
However, the actual data shows that 28% of the CO2 increase since 1850 has occurred within the past 15 years — with NO WARMING. Since 1998, global surface temperatures have been in a level-to-downward trend, while CO2 concentrations have increased materially.
Something is very wrong with the modeling used by the Intergovenmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which the EPA has relied upon so heavily for the past few decades, in that it inaccurately ties CO2 to temperature increases.
In contrast with what the President is suggesting, here is what the actual data reveals:
- Global temperatures have been gradually increasing since the end of the "Little Ice Age," more than 200 years ago, and the upward trend has been virtually constant, with periodic reversals downward (such as we are currently experiencing) completely unrelated to human interaction with the environment.
- Sea level has been gradually increasing over the same period, independent of human activity.
- Arctic sea ice extent during August 2013 was at record levels since satellite data became available in 1979.
- Antarctic sea ice extent in 2012 also set records, and that trend continues.
- Heat waves and droughts in the contiguous U.S. have not increased since 1958. The worst drought years in this country since 1900 was during the "Dust Bowl" from 1930-1936, followed by the period 1954-1958.
- Tornadic activity, based on F3 or greater magnitude storms has been, if anything, on a level-to-downward trend since 1974, according NOAA data. In actual fact, the number of tornadoes in the United States during 2013 was at historic lows, dating back to the 1950's.
- Global tropical storms and hurricane trends since 1970 have been flat to slightly downward.
- The oceans are heavily alkaline, and acidity has not, and will not, increase during warming periods. As warming occurs, oceans transmit CO2 from the sea to the atmosphere, making the oceans more alkaline.
Projections show that President Obama's proposed regulations to fight climate change will cost as much as $7 trillion in lost economic output by 2029, or $1,480 per person, per year, for every American. Another study indicates the EPA's proposed regulations will result in up to 1.4 million jobs lost by the end of 2014.
The EPA and the President have a responsibility to be truthful with the American people, as well as with all global citizens. The magnitude of current misinformation and lack of vetted scientific inferences related to earth's naturally changing climate can and will, if not properly redirected, lead to improper policy, and exorbitantly increasing energy costs, hurting the most vulnerable in our society.
Note: Graphic supporting documentation, as provided to EPA National Headquarters, appears in the
EPA Comments document.