No conspiracy on climate change
A recent Herald-Leader article quoted the CEO of Murray Energy Corp. as saying "global warming is a hoax." It's good the company is privately held. Otherwise stockholders would clamor for the removal of a CEO who displays such willful ignorance, wishful thinking, outright dishonesty or all of the above.
Ninety-seven percent of the world's climate scientists have concluded the evidence for human-caused global warming is overwhelming. Deniers say climate scientists get more grants for supporting global warming. But what about the 99 percent of scientists in other fields who agree on global warming? What is their motivation?
Most scientists are motivated by a love for data, logic and discovery. They are not trained to be conspirators and would be easily found out.
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On the other hand, fossil-fuel companies are dedicated to one thing: extracting as much as possible of the fuels still in the ground. And if it leads to millions of deaths and trillions of dollars of losses from unchecked global warming, so be it.
The Pentagon has declared climate change to be a clear and present danger to U.S. security. I have seen calls to charge deniers with treason. Maybe wanton endangerment charges might be a starting point?
Test climate solution
What may be an oversimplified solution for global warming/climate change is to use vacuum to fuse carbon dioxide and water in the same manner that our upper atmosphere does.
This would generate CH²O and oxygen (O²).
Why this would be a simple solution is that by increasing the amount of O² in our atmosphere while decreasing the amount of CO², the upper atmosphere could generate more ozone (O³) by fusing O² molecules.
And as everyone knows, ozone helps to reflect solar radiation (sunlight) back into space.
With such a scenario, power plants emitting CO² as an exhaust gas would not need to lower their emissions by 30 percent, which is the current target.
Also, using vacuum to remove CO² while also fusing it could be an inexpensive way of out-performing the EPA's requirements.
A simple test would have a vacuum chamber with water filling 29 inches vertically and one inch of CO². Then draw the water down which will expand the CO². Periodic testing would show at what vacuum fusion occurs at when at room temperature (about 74 degrees).
If you would like to read a prequel to what ISIS has been doing open your Bibles and start with Deuteronomy and read through Judges. Looks like ISIS has been studying their Bibles.
No demon, Lerry
The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre recently presented Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
It is a cautionary tale of a barber who not only cuts his clients' hair but also cuts short their lives. Not the kind of barber I think any of us would patronize.
There is, on the other hand, another barber here in our own Lexington who is retiring this month and who deserves our commendation and respect.
Lerry Campell has been cutting hair for 50 years, since 1964 when he graduated from barber school. He started in Mousey and, after he served in Vietnam, came to Lexington and started his practice in Eastland Shopping Plaza, moving eventually to his present location on Family Circle Drive.
For hundreds of men and women in the Bluegrass he has been not only a barber but a confidant, confessor, advisor and sounding board. He is one of the last true Southern Christian Gentlemen.
So I say hail to you Lerry, supervisor of the scissors, commander of the comb, ruler of the razor, headmaster of the haircut. You will be missed.
Father Dennis D. Knight
A recent front-page article reported that the unemployment rate in Kentucky has decreased since the Affordable Care Act began.
Along with the article was a graph stating what the headline said, but the sentence under the graph states economists in the state believe there is no correlation to the ACA affecting the employment rate.
Then, when readers turned the page, there was another story saying the ACA is actually going to hurt the budget of the state after 2017, because the state will be forced to pay 10 percent of Medicaid payments it does not pay now.
So, is it that the ACA seems to be bad for the state and the paper is trying to cover it by printing a bogus story, on the same day, saying it has been good?
Come on. We aren't that stupid out here.
Fix our infrastructure
The water level in Lake Cumberland was lowered to repair the break in the Wolf Creek Dam that feeds it. Had the Corp of Engineers not repaired it, it would be in danger of breaking and totally flooding Nashville.
It was not lowered because of a "little fish" as stated by Mitch McConnell's recent ad. Don't be misled, he did not have the water level raised to stop the ruination of the businesses in the area.
The dam was aging like much of the infrastructure in Kentucky. We must not wait until a disaster happens to get to work on our infrastructure.