How They Are Turning Off the Lights in America

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On October
31, 2009, the once largest aluminum plant in the world will shut
down. With it goes another American industry and more American jobs.
The Columbia Falls Aluminum Company in Montana will shut down its
aluminum production because it cannot purchase the necessary electrical
power to continue its operations.

How did this
happen in America? America was once the envy of the world in its
industrial capability. America’s industrial capacity built America
into the most productive nation the world had ever known. Its standard
of living rose to levels never before accomplished. Its currency
became valuable and powerful, allowing Americans to purchase imported
goods at relatively cheap prices.

America grew
because of innovation and hard work by the pioneers of the industrial
revolution, and because America has vast natural resources. A great
economy, as America once was, is founded on the ability to produce
electrical energy at low cost. This ability has been extinguished.

Columbia Falls
Aluminum negotiated a contract with Bonneville Power Administration
in 2006 for Bonneville to supply electrical power until September
30, 2011. But, responding to lawsuits, the 9th US Circuit Court
ruled the contract was invalid because it was incompatible with
the Northwest Power Act. Therefore, the combination of the Northwest
Power Act and a US Circuit Court were the final villains that caused
the shutdown of Columbia Falls Aluminum.

But the real
reasons are much more complicated. Why was it not possible for Columbia
Falls Aluminum to find sources of electricity other than Bonneville?

We need to
look no further than the many environmental groups like the Sierra
Club and to America’s elected officials who turned their backs on
American citizens and in essence themselves, for they too are citizens
of this country. These officials bought into the green agenda promoted
by the heavily funded environmental groups. Caving to pressure,
they passed laws and the environmental groups filed lawsuits that
began turning off the lights in America. The dominos stated to fall.

They began
stopping nuclear power plants in the 1970’s. They locked up much
of our coal and oil resources with land laws. They passed tax credits,
which forces taxpayers foot the bill for billionaire investors to
save taxes by investing in less productive wind and solar energy

In 1988, the
Environmental Protection Agency called a meeting of atmospheric
scientists and others with environmental interests. I remember well
the meeting I attended in the San Francisco Bay Area. The meeting
was in a theater-like lecture room with the seating curved to face
the center stage and rising rapidly toward the back of the room.
Attending were many atmospheric scientists whom I knew from Lawrence
Livermore Laboratory, Stanford Research Institute and some local

The room became
silent when a man walked up to the lectern. He told us that the
next big national problem was global warming. He explained how human
carbon dioxide emissions were trapping the earth’s radiation like
a greenhouse and causing the atmosphere to heat beyond its normal
temperature. He said this will lead to environmental disasters.
He finished by saying the EPA will now concentrate its research
funding toward quantifying the disasters that would be caused by
our carbon dioxide.

The room was
silent. I was the first to raise my hand to ask a question, “How
can you defend your global warming hypothesis when you have omitted
the effects of clouds which affect heat balance far more than carbon
dioxide, and when your hypothesis contradicts the paper by Lee in
the Journal of Applied Meteorology in 1972 that shows the atmosphere
does not behave like a greenhouse?”

He answered
me by saying, “You do not know what you are talking about. I know
more about how the atmosphere works than you do.”

Not being one
to drop out of a fight, I responded, “I know many of the atmospheric
scientists in this room, and many others who are not present but
I do not know you. What is your background and what makes you know
so much more than me?”

He answered,
“I know more than you because I am a lawyer and I work for the EPA.”

After the meeting,
many of my atmospheric science friends who worked for public agencies
thanked me for what I said, saying they would have liked to say
the same thing but they feared for their jobs.

And that, my
dear readers, is my recollection of that great day when a lawyer,
acting as a scientist, working for the federal government, announced
global warming.

Fast forward
to today. The federal government is spending 1000 times more money
to promote the global-warming charade than is available to those
scientists who are arguing against it. Never before in history has
it taken a massive publicity campaign to convince the public of
a scientific truth. The only reason half the public thinks global
warming may be true is the massive amount of money put into global-warming
propaganda. The green eco-groups have their umbilical cords in the
government’s tax funds. Aside from a few honest but duped scientists
living on government money, the majority of the alarms about global
warming – now called “climate change” because it’s no longer
warming – come from those who have no professional training
in atmospheric science. They are the environmentalists, the ecologists,
the lawyers and the politicians. They are not the reliable atmospheric
scientists whom I know.

our politicians have passed laws stating that carbon dioxide is
bad. See California’s AB32 which is based upon science fiction.
(For readers who take issue with me, I will be happy to destroy
your arguments in another place. In this paper, we focus on the
damage to America that is being caused by those promoting the global-warming

In the year
2000, America planned 150 new coal-electric power plants. These
power plants would have been “clean” by real standards but the Greens
managed to have carbon dioxide defined legally as “dirty” and this
new definition makes all emitters of carbon dioxide, including you,
a threat to the planet. Therefore, using legal illogic, the Sierra
Club stopped 82 of these planned power plants under Bush II and
they expect it will be a slam-dunk to stop the rest under Obama.

And now you
know the real reason the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company had to
shut down. America stopped building new power plants a long time
ago. There is now no other source where the company can buy energy.
Our energy-producing capability is in a decline and it is taking
America with it.

I used to belong
to the Sierra Club in the 1960’s. It used to be a nice hiking club.
In the late 1960’s the Sierra Club began turning its attention toward
stopping nuclear power. Then I quit the Sierra Club. It continues
to prosper from the many subscribers who think they are supporting
a good cause. What they are really supporting is the destruction
of America brick by brick. The Sierra Club and similar organizations
are like watermelons – green on the outside, red on the inside.
They are telling us we have no right to our own natural resources,
and in doing so they are sinking America.

Inherent in
ecology are three assumptions: “natural” conditions are optimal,
climate is fragile, and human influences are bad. Physics makes
no such assumptions. By assuming climate is fragile, the global
warming supporters have assumed their conclusion. In fact, the climate
is not fragile. It is stable. The non-adherence to physical logic
in the global-warming camp is what makes many physical scientists
say that global warming is a religion.

So we have
a new age religion promoted by environmentalists, incorporated into
our laws and brainwashed into our people that is now destroying
America from the inside.

Like a vast
ship, America is taking a long time to sink but each day it sinks
a little further. The fearsome day awaits, when America, if not
quickly recovered by its real citizens, will tilt its nose into
the water to begin a rapid and final descent into oblivion … her
many resources saved for whom?

24, 2009

X Berry, PhD [send him mail]
is an atmospheric physicist and certified consulting meteorologist
with Climate Physics, LLC in Montana. Visit
his website.

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