The high price of oil has caused those responsible for energy generation to think increasingly about coal as a fuel source, mainly because our nation’s coal reserves are much more abundant than our supplies of petroleum. However, fears of the byproducts of burning coal, most notably the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, have many people worried.
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced at a May 14 press conference that he is accepting the recommendation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
In 1943, when Germany had virtually no sources of petroleum to fuel its Luftwaffe, U-boats, and Tiger tanks, its scientists (arguably among the best in the world at that time) didn’t turn to solar and wind power. Evil does not equate to naïveté. Hitler’s technical advisers turned to another energy source to keep their Wehrmacht running steadily for several years without petroleum. They used the Fischer-Tropsch process to convert coal into diesel fuel and employed the Bergius hydrogenation (or liquefaction) process to convert coal into aviation gasoline and high-quality truck and automobile gasoline.
The past couple of years have seen many prominent scientists, including former leading global-warming alarmists, converting to the climate “skeptic” or “realist” camp. However, most Americans are unaware of these defections, since the major media censor these stories, while continuing to hype unfounded predictions of impending climate catastrophe.
On March 2-4, more than 100 scientists, many of considerable renown, attended a conference in New York, sponsored by the Heartland Institute, called the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change. Also in attendance were over 300 other delegates, including Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic.