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Let’s keep changing climates in perspective

Empower Wisconsin | March 9,  2020

By David Hoopman

MADISON — As an unreserved admirer of Holman Jenkins’ skill in keeping his eye on the ball, I’m mildly perplexed by his suggestion that aerosol manipulation of the earth’s atmosphere “to offset the warming seen so far” might not be prohibitively costly (“How Bezos Can Influence Climate,” Business World, Feb. 26). I can only repeat the question I’ve asked over and over again in my professional capacity during the past 20 years: What if we tried something like that, and it worked?

To the extent that global average temperature is a creditable concept, the planet is probably about two degrees (Fahrenheit) warmer than during the mid-19th century. Considering that those decades saw the early stages of recovery from a nasty cold spell called the “Little Ice Age”—something you don’t hear about much these days—I would be hard-pressed to call two degrees of warming a bad thing.

Changing climates are indeed cause for concern. Far and away the greatest concern is the destructive idiocies governments might inflict on humanity, using climate as the excuse.

Mr. Hoopman’s commentary is in response to an article in the Wall Street Journal, and first appeared in that publication last week. 

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