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I first thought that the International Climate Change Summit would be a complete waste of the president's time, but it seems like things have changed overnight with the recent findings by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that said the greenhouse gases are a danger to public health and welfare. This finding will lead to new emission standards on its own; the president will no longer need Cap- and -Trade legislation to back up his rhetoric; leaving him more room to negotiate. Business Week reported several months ago that petrochemical companies we're not really against carbon offset legislation, but they just wanted to know what the legislation will entail. This morning, CNBC reported the companies would rather have a Cap-and-Trade where there might have some say on how it will be implemented, than a flat out EPA standard.

Yesterday, I just shook my head in amazement listening to KTSA's Trey Ware using the same tired old talking points as an excuse to boycott the summit. He was using the same old Al Gore, Hollywood stars, and the Kennedy family hypocritical stances as one of the main reasons to ignore climate change. Of course he left out the oil and the petrochemical lobbyist hypocritical stance. Blind in one eye and can't see out the other. I didn't have to wait long for him to pull out the Fox News report that the 3,000 emails that were hacked exposed climate change as being a hoax. The controversial emails centered on tree ring measurements, nothing else, so there really is no evidence support claims that the emails showed the climate scientists were fudging data. I think that we should have a thorough investigation and let the facts come out but I seriously doubt the results will impact decision-making.

As I have said many times I am not a climatologist nor do I pretend to be one, I leave science to the scientist. Having said that I don't find it too difficult to believe the solar activity influences the tropical Pacific Ocean or that the cosmic rays help seed the clouds in the lower atmosphere, I think we should continue exploring the data. I'm not at that point where I believe we will get 20 foot tidal waves, but I have seen evidence that an Arctic melt is real. On the home front, I have seen the effects of dirty coal, petroleum, and other greenhouse gases. I can see the world “going green,” why should we be left behind?

Many have said that controlling carbon emission will bankrupt this country but what is the cost of inaction? How long will our coal- fired electric grid holdout? How much are the blackouts in the populated northeast costing us? How much will the green innovations that Southeast Asia and our European counterparts develop, going to cost us? Mistakes of the past let Germany have our solar technology because we did not have any use for it and although Jimmy Carter was terrible president, we should have taken his advice in the 70s when he said that we should switch to alternative fuels.