Representative Sean Casten 429 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Casten
I read your statement for the Democratic Weekly Address, and as expected your continued simplistic clinging to the theory that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are a first order cause for climate change at the very least disappointing. Richard Feynman stated “I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” You might do well to follow that advice.
You continue to make outlandish statements that are not supported by facts as in the following:
“The climate crisis is the greatest test we have ever faced” - The evidence of the reduction of poverty throughout the world, increased crop production thanks to fossil fuels do not point to a crisis.
“Several feet of additional sea level rise are already guaranteed” - Where are your facts for this? Historical sea level rises are on the level of a few millimeters, not feet Despite predictions from catastrophic climate alarmists, you can still go to the beach on the Maldive Islands.
“Lowering carbon pollution saves money. Every solar panel, every electric vehicle…provides a more stable climate for our children” - If solar panels and electric vehicles saved money, you would see significant numbers of panels and electric vehicles. But you don’t. Solar panels are not economic in the upper midwest and are a toxic waste disposal issue at the end of life as well as electric vehicle batteries. Nobody wants to look at the real life-cycle costs for these items. Windmills present an even worse disposal problem.
Your obsessive focus on CO2 as the control knob of climate is so simplistic and ignores:
Solar cycles - we are currently entering a sunspot minimum, which would point to a cooling of the planet. Some scientists are predicting that we may be entering a new Maunder Minimum (aka: Little Ice Age)
Orbital Mechanics - you might want to refer to Milankovitch cycles and their effect on climate
Geophysics - earthquakes and vulcanism
Oceans and Ocean Currents -
Atmospheric aerosols (i.e., clouds)
And so many other factors that are a part of climate.
If you were really serious about a policy look at climate, you would be examining:
The potential effects of a colder climate and the infrastructure needed to prevent electric and natural gas outages during periods of high demand (e.g., polar vortex). Will the natural gas utilities be able to maintain pipeline pressure with increased demand from the residential, commercial and electric utility customers? Do we need to look at other fuel sources for reliable electrical production?
The potential catastrophic effects of a major solar coronal mass ejection on the nation’s infrastructure. In 2012, the earth missed by a matter of a few days being hit by a massive coronal mass ejection. The effects could have been devastating with electrical outages, electrical equipment shorting out (think your cell phone, vehicle, etc. completely useless because the electronics shorted out) as well as the electrical utility outages. If an 1859 Carrington Event were to hit the earth again, that would truly be a catastrophic event with millions of lives lost from an infrastructure collapse
You stated in your closing that “We have the ability - no, we have the moral obligation - to lead in this moment as well.” Leading to an abyss like a pack of lemmings is not an obligation, it is a fool’s errand.
John J. Tatar
Update 12/10/2019 I received a reply from the Congressman’s Office. The email starts as follows: “Thank you for contacting me to express your concern about the ongoing havoc that climate change is wreaking on our planet. Your views are important to me, and I appreciate your [sic] taking the time to share them.” There was no attempt to address either of the two issues presented in the letter above. Obviously nobody in the Congressman’s office even glanced at the letter. Sean Casten is wearing his binders and doesn’t want anything to disturb his pre-conceived views. Well, we can fix that in November 2020.