Last week the Chico News and Review published an editorial (A smoked Red Herring) with my name right at the top, lambasting me for my investigations into climate change. That’s fine, but the editorial implied that I have no interest in alternate energy or reducing air pollution.
That’s not the case, I’m very pro alternate energy, and am a member of NSRE as well as the City Sustainability Commission. I’ve stated repeatedly that pollution reduction is a good thing.
Today is the 1 year anniversary of the solar power project I spearheaded as
a CUSD Trustee for Little Chico Creek School.
The project has exceeded production and financial expectations, producing 186,646 Kilowatt hours of electricity, and offsetting 231,441 pounds of CO2 emission as of this morning. You can watch the progress in real time on the schools solar energy webpage.
My skeptical interest in man driven climate change has to do with my meteorology background. If we are going to make wholesale policy changes based on the science, it needs to be bulletproof. When science becomes politicized, we have to look closer. That’s what I’m doing. Right now I’m finding some holes in the theory that CO2 is the sole reason the earth is heating up. I’m finding sloppy science in the most basic measurements of surface temperature, upon which the entire global warming issue is built. See my series “How not to measure temperature“
Also I’d point out that the premise of “Smog is Smog” posited by the Chico News and Review is incorrect. CO2 is not a major component or initiator of “smog”. Ozone, nitrous oxides, particulates, and water vapor are the major components, and I’m all for eliminating smog.