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Krauthammer’s column on climate was off base

I found considerable fault with Charles Krauthammer’s July 6 column in which he ridicules President Obama’s proposal for combating climate change. First, Krauthammer asserts that global temperatures have been flat for 16 years. This claim is blatantly untrue. According to the World Meteorological Organization, global warming has actually accelerated during the past 10 to 15 years.

Second, Krauthammer greatly exaggerates the economic costs of reducing our dependence on coal. He ignores the opportunities for job creation in new green-based energy technologies. With proper government investment, employment in new energy sectors will offset the anticipated job losses in the coal industry.

Finally, Krauthammer insists that any efforts to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are futile because China and India are increasing their emissions to accommodate their growing economies. Krauthammer fails to note that China is now taking a leading role in developing renewable energy sources. Furthermore, the severe air pollution problem in China’s cities, caused by overuse of fossil fuels, is discouraging further economic investment. China therefore has growing incentives to reduce its own emissions.

Robert A. Krohn

Amherst