Global Warming

Marcos Singletary, Reporter

Global warming is perhaps the biggest hoax of the early 21st century.
Since most people in Joliet Illinois would conceive that opening statement as provocative, let me make my second statement the extension of an olive branch. I do accept the growing amounts of CO2 emissions as is expected with a growth in population, I also acknowledge the relatively current rise of the earth temperature, ‘relatively current’ being the key phrase in that statement. I only acknowledge the relatively current rise of the earth’s temperature because if you look at graphs that depict the change in temperature over the past hundreds of thousands of years you would see a cyclical increase and decrease in the earth’s temperature. Some deceive those numbers by only depicting the graph starting a few hundred years ago, and if you do, you can only see the current increasing cycle the earth happens to be in at this point in history.
The next falsehood of the global warming hoax is the great concern for the melting of the ice caps. NASA’s 2014 article says it all, titled ‘Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Max’, NASA states “Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s.” But if you listened to Al Gore over a decade back, he would have you believe that the ice caps would be completely gone by 2016.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m always in favor of a cleaner environment, but the solutions of more government regulation and subsidizing that we have been trying for the past 8 years (up until 1/20/2017) has failed miserably. Over Former President Obama’s tenure he spent well over $150 billion tax dollars in subsidizing the green energy industry, but the percent of the US’s energy that came from renewable energy moved only from 8.1% in 2009 to 9.8% in 2014 (U.S. Energy Information Admin.). The worst part of the whole deal is that over 35 of the green energy companies the former president subsidized went bankrupt, meaning all the money invested in those companies is just lost and unrecoverable with nothing to show for it.
The solution to getting our hands on a reliable green energy source lies in the will of the American people. We are the country known for inventing and innovating products that change the world. The beauty of Americas ingenuity lies within its people, the red tape and bureaucracy of the federal government just gets in the way.