Dear Ms Hirono,
Your email reply to me dated 5/5/2016 is sadly very misinformed throughout. (copied below for your convenience.) Can you please allow me to arrange for you to meet scientists that understand the issues and science of global warming? There are many thousands of us.
Here is a link to a post on my blog that includes statements and names and location of thousands of scientists who dispute the unproven claim that CO2 is dangerous. In the words of Ivar Giaever, PhD (physics), Nobel Laureate in physics speaking to a meeting of other Nobel laureates, President Obama is “dead wrong” on climate change. The link to the video of his entire speech is in this post on my blog.
EPA has never produced the data, methods or references that would enable another scientist skilled in the art to replicate its CO2 Endangerment Finding. That is a basic requirement of science as well as the law known as the Clean Air Act. The current and the past top administrators of the EPA have repeatedly refused to produce the documents required by Congressional subpoena that would show the EPA scientific methods used by EPA to make the administrator’s final determination that CO2 is an endangerment to the public under the Clean Air Act. You and your colleagues in Congress are allowing a federal bureaucracy to operate outside the law.
Where is the endangerment from CO2? From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25. An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or amount of leaf cover, over the planet’s vegetated regions. The greening represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees equivalent in area to two times the continental United States.
Important note: In the NASA information release at the link above, NASA offers no evidence or references for this paragraph: “While rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the air can be beneficial for plants, it is also the chief culprit of climate change. The gas, which traps heat in Earth’s atmosphere, has been increasing since the industrial age due to the burning of oil, gas, coal and wood for energy and is continuing to reach concentrations not seen in at least 500,000 years. The impacts of climate change include global warming, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and sea ice as well as more severe weather events.” NASA cannot provide evidence because there is no real world evidence to prove any statistically significant risk of increasing CO2 concentration when that risk is weighed against the real world evidence of benefits from increasing CO2. The computer models of climate used by proponents of the failed global warming hypothesis have never been able to validate against known real world data. There are no validated climate models. Climate models are not evidence, they are hypotheses until they are validated against real world empirical evidence.
The effects of CO2 on climate have been overestimated in the climate models and they still do not know how to fix their model, despite the expense by the federal government of more than $30 billion on climate research … that is money that is being borrowed since the federal government is spending in deficit. There is no justification to pushing Hawaiians further in debt to support unproven claims by politicians, media, NGOs and a small group climate scientists who work on government-funded grants.
CO2 is greening the planet not endangering the planet. “The extra growth is the equivalent of more than four billion giant sequoias,” according to the lead scientist. The study by a team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries, many of them climate alarmists, using 33 years of satellite imaging data has discovered and reluctantly reported significant greening of the earth due mostly (70%) from increasing CO2, 8% due to climate change, 9% due to more nitrogen in the environment and 4% due to land management practices. http://www.nature.com/articles/nclimate3004.epdf?referrer_access_token=bsod7odsulSxIrimOL0GIdRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0OYJHZxvEebXSMq9zMi6Q2vWe61M7QFieokWQcY1PQbxR4gAi8CQShwirX-GNMfMbB7JlnUTFMOkqRUD6C92ct5jwqJe4v6nhm8R7B81mKAzqkObeKxK01RqfFTnwncQKs6DkC-5KJuC9JKCVhDiM_L&tracking_referrer=www.bbc.com
In fact, the scientists at the UN IPCC admit they are unable to predict climate change or climate events, but President Obama is so certain climate change is a problem that he sends the UN millions of borrowed dollars and promises the UN hundreds of billions more borrowed dollars, pushing Americans and their children and grandchildren further in debt.
UN IPCC “The Scientific Basis:” “In sum, a strategy must recognise what is possible. In climate research and modelling, we should recognise that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible. The most we can expect to achieve is the prediction of the probability distribution of the system’s future possible states by the generation of ensembles of model solutions. This reduces climate change to the discernment of significant differences in the statistics of such ensembles. The generation of such model ensembles will require the dedication of greatly increased computer resources and the application of new methods of model diagnosis. Addressing adequately the statistical nature of climate is computationally intensive, but such statistical information is essential.”
The IPCC scientists continue: “Extreme events are, almost by definition, of particular importance to human society. Consequently, the importance of understanding potential extreme events is first order. The evidence is mixed, and data continue to be lacking to make conclusive cases….”
It is unconscionable that you and the rest of Congress have allowed the balance of power between Congress and the Executive to be so abused. Congress specifically voted against further funding to UN IPCC. Yet you and your colleagues have allowed President Obama to send $500 million of taxpayer money … borrowed money … to be paid to the Green Climate Fund under the UN’s Paris climate agreement. This organization and this agreement will harm U.S. and Hawaiian interests. You should act to stop it.
The Obama administration claims: “Climate change is real, man-made, and happening now. The stakes are too high not to act.” The facts say otherwise. Climate change has always been occurring. Nature controls climate change, not man. The benefits of increasing CO2 outweigh any negative consequences.
Hawaii has other workable and proven solutions to its energy needs that are not currently being addressed. I would be happy to discuss this with you and/or your staff.
Mr. Clare L Bromley
Your letter of 5/5/2016
Dear Mr. Bromley,
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about climate change. As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I share your concerns about the serious impacts of climate change and appreciate hearing from you on the issue.
Scientists around the world largely agree that the Earth’s climate has been warming at an unprecedented rate due to human activity. We in Hawaii know that climate change poses a significant threat to our safety and our way of life. Our islands are among the places most vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. We face a variety of climate change related challenges like sea level rise, beach erosion, coral bleaching, and the degradation of habitats for native plants and animals, among others.
On June 25, 2013, President Obama released his action plan to fight climate change. The President’s plan consists of executive actions with three key objectives: cutting carbon pollution in the United States, preparing the United States for the impacts of climate change, and leading the international effort to combat global climate change and prepare for its effects. You can learn more about the President’s plan online at: http://1.usa.gov/1GF8m4E. You can also learn about some of the President’s other climate change initiatives online at: http://1.usa.gov/1Exn4Lz.
The President’s climate plan recognizes that electric power plants are the largest concentrated source of carbon pollution in the United States—accounting for roughly one-third of domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Consistent with this finding, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Clean Power Plan rule for existing power plants on August 3, 2015. The Clean Power Plan builds on State efforts to reduce carbon pollution and gives States plenty of flexibility while maintaining access to reliable, affordable energy in communities across the United States. The EPA issued the final rule after reviewing nearly four million comments from the public. You can learn more about the final rule online at: http://1.usa.gov/1VQpq03.
In crafting the Clean Power Plan, the EPA concluded that it did not have adequate information to determine the potential for emissions reductions in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Therefore, Hawaii is not covered under the Clean Power Plan at this time. However, Hawaii is already a leader among States in the effort to reduce carbon emissions and generate more of our electricity from clean, renewable sources.
I am working in Congress to fight climate change by supporting the President’s Clean Power Plan and other measures to reduce carbon pollution. I am also working to promote more renewable energy, protect public lands and natural resources, preserve the health and vitality of our oceans, and responsibly planning for climate-induced impacts on our communities. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind as I continue to work on these efforts during the 114th Congress.
Again, thank you for contacting me. If you would like to stay in touch with me on this or other issues of importance to you, please visit my website at: http://www.hirono.senate.gov. Please do not hesitate to contact me again in the future if I may be of assistance to you in any way.
Mazie K. Hirono
United States Senator