Jacology: Climate Change & Coal

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(KPLR) – In Monday's Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at why we need to declare a real war on coal.

The other day President Obama gave a major speech about climate change. Except for the Weather Channel, which did long specials about global warming before and after the president's speech, the mainstream media ignored it. The idea seems to be that we in the media either think the audience doesn't care or we're scared of the climate change deniers who think this is all one big liberal conspiracy.

The thing is, physical laws don't care how many anti-science ideologues say climate change isn't real. Ocean levels are rising glaciers are retreating ice caps are melting, ocean currents that control weather and climate are altering. This is physics. This is chemistry. These are scientific principles heating up the planet because of Co2 emissions.

The Obama proposals are modest enough. He wants to reduce the rate of greenhouse gas emissions by 20-20. Note that I didn’t say reduce greenhouse gases. Rather, he just wants to slow the rate at which they're being pumped out. Consider this, climate change is around 50 years behind the pollution that caused the change. So the heating and melting and extreme weather we're seeing now, is due to pollution produced roughly between 1960 and 1980.

Obama wants to reduce the rate of carbon emissions, especially from coal fired power plants. He's already being attacked for waging what opponents call a war on coal. The Obama proposals are far too weak to qualify as a war. But somebody needs to declare a war on coal and co2 emissions, if we're going to leave out kids much of a place to live.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.

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