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Published: Tuesday, June 25 2013 6:40 p.m. MDT

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Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

Time to act is now on unemployment, the economy and many other issues as well. He's just spewing more mindless rhetoric to appease the liberal masses.

Ett
Salt Lake City, UT

Several "green" company failures at the taxpayers expense and Obama thinks we need to act on climate change. This is not the time for another Solyndra or Aptera Motors. He needs to shelve his iffy climate policies. He's out of his depth.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

In a June 20 interview with Spiegel Online, German climate scientist Hans von Storch said that despite predictions of a warming planet the temperature data for the past 15 years shows an increase of 0.06 or “very close to zero.

“The climate system is not quite so simple as people thought,” said Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish statistician and author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist” who estimates that moderate warming will be beneficial for crop growth and human health.

According to Swedish paleogeophysicist Nils-Axel Mörner, who’s been studying and writing about sea levels for four decades, "the scientists working for the IPCC have falsified data and destroyed evidence to incorrectly prove their claims of global warming"!

A prolonged decline in solar output will begin sometime around 2040 and subject the Earth to global cooling that will last 200-250 years, scientists at Russia’s Pulkovo Observatory report.

Gee, it seems the only "scientists" still promoting the climate change hoax are Democrats here in the US!

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

Right on Pipes!

The Dear Leader is will do ANYTHING to take the heat off his myriad of scandals.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Do liberals have any idea how much COAL it took to build the United States to the point where most of us have access to health care, education, homes, running water, other infrastructure?

There are developing nations in Asia who NEED and WANT out coal to develop to the same degree we have.

Barack and liberals have some gall to tell these developing nations "go build wind farms"

We enjoyed the benefits of coal for hundreds of years to take this country to economic prosperity

And liberals want to tell everyone else "sorry only we get to use coal"

Now you have to use "clean" energy

Never mind they can't afford it. That's their problem.

Barack and liberals are fighting the export of coal to these nations

An I thought liberals took care of the poor?

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Mountainman,

Go to the NASA website for Average Surface Temperature. Look at the graphs and data for yourself. The trends are clear.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Twin lights. Read what German, Swedish, Danish and Russian scientist have published about the data you are referring to. The trends are clear.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

You have to be extremely naive to actually believe that we can pass more laws in this country which will unilaterally change the climate. Even if it worked (which it won't), Hello! Has anyone noticed that there are actually other countries and economies on the planet, and that they don't automatically buy into and adhere to all the political gyrations and machinations that come out of Washington? Like I say, extremely naive at best.

Woodyff
Mapleton, UT

Hey Twin Lights; NASA is part of our government's hysteria on global warming, and recent news shows we can't trust our government; read this
"Global warming stopped 16 years ago...." it is from the UK Daily Mail, Google it! You can't trust the US media lapdogs for Obama. We need jobs, families are struggling to make it, now Obama will raise the cost of energy.

Solutions not Stones
Spanish Fork, UT

‘Obama says time to act is now on climate change’

Yeah, before this fizzles out like so many other discredited green fallacies that litter the landscape.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Mountainman and Woodyff,

I am unconcerned about Pres. Obama or any other president. The issue is what we need to be looking at long-term.

Since you like Hans von Storch, here is a quote from the original Spiegel interview:

"SPIEGEL: Despite all these problem areas, do you still believe global warming will continue?"

"Storch: Yes, we are certainly going to see an increase of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) or more -- and by the end of this century, mind you."

The following is from Bjorn Lomborg:

"The president should instead ask the rest of the world to follow the U.S. lead on green innovation. Economic models show that this is by far the best, long-term climate policy. If we all invested far more to innovate down the cost of future green energy, we could outcompete fossil fuels faster and truly solve global warming."

Nils-Axel Morner does dispute sea level rise. He may have a point. He may not. But he also champions dowsing. Of the two (climate change or dowsing) I will go with the former.

Climate scientists worldwide are on the side of climate change.

Please, let's drop the politics.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

" . . . let's drop the politics . . "??? When you're talking about politicians and their agendas, it's ALL about politics. One reason we're in so much trouble in this country is that too many people fail to understand and recognize that government IS politics.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Fellas, the science behind the reality of human-caused climate change grows every day. How about instead of citing that thoroughly debunked Daily Mail article, you read the the findings of the National Academies of Science?

NASA is part of some kind of conspiracy? Seriously? Do you have the tiniest understanding of how the scientific review process works? NASA could no more muzzle its climate researchers than it could fake the moon landing. Oh wait, you probably believe in that conspiracy theory, too.

"You have to be extremely naive to actually believe that we can pass more laws in this country which will unilaterally change the climate."

Sure - just like we naively believed we could remove lead from gasoline, require cars to be equipped with airbags and seat belts, control CFC's through treaties to avoid the complete destruction of the ozone layer and pass laws to regulate how much toxic waste factories can dump into our rivers. Yep, that's naive all right.

county mom
Monroe, UT

Act Now....Hurry kill more jobs before the economy starts to recover!
After all why would this president want to save our economy?
Twin Lights, What do you do to make a living?
Are you just another EPA governmental worker? or are you one of the many paid environmentalists that we get to deal with?
Maybe you are one of those people who buy into the whole pack of lies and live off the grid?
Actually "NOT" you are writing on a computer and I am sure you are consuming things too.
Your point are not valid unless you practice what you preach!
Do not produce ANY green house gases and we will give you the time of day!

Max
Charlotte, NC

Maybe he is right, maybe he is wrong. A broken clock is right twice a day but does anybody rely on it? The problem is that he is SO done. Nobody cares what Obama says anymore.

Allisdair
Thornbury, Vic

I guess the Utah Flat Earth Society is in session.

I hope you enjoy the day.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Iowa gets about 25 percent of its electricity from wind. Oregon, Colorado, and Idaho get over 10 percent each from wind. Solar accounted for almost 50 percent of all new electricity capacity developed in the first quarter of 2013.

If renewables are such a failure, why are they working so well and literally booming in growth?

I look at eBay and Ikea here in the Utah with their giant solar arrays and the rapid payback those companies claim they're getting from those investments... even Walmart is aggressively pursuing renewables so that it can stabilize its energy costs (remember, renewable energy is price stable and predictable -- no volatile fossil fuel costs) and not have to rely on utility monopolies.

What is it that these states and companies see in renewables that folks in Utah can't see? Why is the GOP so concerned about protecting coal unions and unionized coal jobs?

Romney's siding with coal and rejection of renewable energy in Iowa and Colorado probably cost him those conservative states in the election... Renewable energy is pumping millions into those state's economies. Coal's pollution and black lung disease is simply creating more need for ObamaCare (and RomneyCare)...

freedom in 2017
paradise, UT

Barry is totally out of touch. Only 3 1/2 years left.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

This is a complete attempt to deflect attention away from his lousy performance as president. Terrible on the economy, scandals galore and the embarrassment of being unable to get the Russians to turn Snowden over.

1. I don't think we can do ANYTHING to change the climate.
2. Even if the climate is warming, I'm not convinced it is harmful. It's probably beneficial.
3. Instead of bankrupting ourselves trying to do something that's impossible, we need to adjust.
4. I've seen too may scientists who don't believe in global warming.
5. The climate has been changing for millions of years and we've always survived.
6. The climate was much warmer a thousand years ago and life was much easier for everyone.

I wish we could stop this hysteria, stop wasting a fortune on it and get on with life.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Cats

It may be such an attempt. But the issue precedes him and will survive him.

Can we change the climate? Yes. We have done so repeatedly in the past on a smaller scale. You live in Utah. Where do you get your water? How did the desert bloom? I have seen us say the same thing about rivers and oceans (too big to fill or impact). We were wrong.

Is warming harmful? Maybe not in tiny amounts. But the effect compounds. What about your grandchildren? Why would it be beneficial?

Yes we need to adjust. But part of that adjustment is to slow down our filling the atmosphere with our waste products.

There are few scientists (who are climate scientists) who don’t believe in climate change. Yes, there is disagreement on the pace and scope of change (which would be expected), but not the basic issue.

Survival is different from thriving.

county mom,

No I am not an environmentalist (my friends would think that description to be odd).

I do not advocate drastic or Luddite responses. But we need to get our heads out of the sand and get to work on the problem.

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