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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012 Comments Letter to the Editor The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few re- strictions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's per- son rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. From on July 10 by Dan Vergano of USA Today: Record heat, derecho storm: Climate change? So what's up with the U.S. weather this year, a warm winter, early droughts and a multistate "derecho" wind- storm before July: Is global warming cooking our goosewith extreme weath- er events, or not? It's complicated, but some climate scientists argue that stifling heat waves, drought and even June's derecho all. come out of the global warming playbook. At the same time, they caution against pointing to a warming climate as the direc cause of any one bit of wild weather this year, even as much of the nation sweated out a record-breaking heat wave through the start of July, one which finally broke on Sunday. "There is a little bit of truth in both views," says Princ- eton climate scientist Ngar-Cheung Lau. "What we can say is that the long-term trend is for heat waves to have longer durations and higher temperatures." While U.S. temperature records fall, this year has glob- ally only been the 11th-warmest one on record as of May, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin- istration. Still, there is little doubt that global warming is occurring, most likely increasing global average surface temperatures worldwide about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century, according to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2011, the academy concluded in a final re- port on U.S. global warming effects that "Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities, and poses signifi- cant risks." Extreme weather such as heat waves has been more challenging to tie directly to global warming. L st week's heat wave broke or tied 65 temperature records nationwide for July alone, according to NOAA weather station data. Al- though June last year was warm, "This June has blown the doors off the daffy record highs across the country," says NOAA storm expert Greg Carbin. Projections readily show some types of weather look in- evitably more common in a warming climate, including heat waves, extremes of both flooding rainfalls and drought, and temperature records, according to a report earlier this year from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research scien- tists Dim Coumou and Stefan Rahmstorf. Some climate scientists, such as Georgia Tech's Judith Curry, dismiss connections between global warming and U.S. heat waves. "We saw these kinds of heat waves in the 1930s, and those were definitely not caused by greenhouse gases," she noted recently on her website, Climate Etc. "I don't think that what we are seeing this summer is outside the range of natural variability for the past century." !'That such outliers are mere freak events, so called black swans, remains a possibility," -Coumou and Rahmstorf wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change about extreme weather events. "However, the recent clustering of outliers makes this highly unlikely." For more complex and local events, say storms or torna- does, it's even more difficult to point to global warming as the culprit. However, even June's derecho, a series of tbun- derstorm downbursts that unleashed 80 mph winds that knocked out power for millions from Ohio to Virginia, has been foreseen as a consequence of global warming. Derechos don't happen very often but with heat waves more common under climate projections, they would most .likely increase in frequency and severity, says forest ecologistChris Peter- son of the University of Georgia in Athens. He pointed to likely extreme-weather effects on forests in a 2000 study. while scientists study the question, the past six months have been the warmest on record for the United States, tak- ing into account the recent warm winter, Carbin says. "Last summer was hot, but I'm thinking it was just a warm-up for this summer." " On another note. if you think it's hot now, check out these high temps in times past (info from Wikipedia): 136 degrees in Aziziya, Libya on September 13, 1922. 129 degrees in Tirat Tsvi, Israel on June 21, 1942, 123 degrees in Oodnadatta, A stralia on January 2,. 1960. 118 degrees in Athens, Greece on July 10, 1977. 134 degrees in Death Valley, California on July 10, 1913. 120 degrees in Villa de Maria, Argentina on January 2, 1920. 113 degrees in Estanzuela, Guatemala on an unknown date. [ ] by Elizabeth Robinson In a recent campaign speech, presi- dential candidate Mitt Romney criti- cized President Obama for pUshing his agenda on healthcare when the econo- my is in such dire straits. "The Presi- dent's responsibility is to put people back to work, and to get people out of poverty, and to help people have good jobs and have prospects for a brighter tomorrow," said Romney. Even President Obama has said that it is his task to create jobs and stimu- late the economy. And it seems most average Americans believe this rhetoric; after all, somebody should do some- thing to get us out of this mess. Certainly, there are people in our nation and our state who truly need help. But is it really the job of the president or other politicians to create jobs? Frequently those wishing to exert political con- trol over the economy use moral arguments to win support by helping the less fortunate through gov- ernment programs, having the rich pay their fair share or acting on behalf of the common good. But the fruits of the government's actions for the "com- mon welfare" have potentially devastating results. Government intervention, even for the purportecl sake of the common good, completely ignores the idea of personal responsibility and the fact that every bailout, stimulus, and over-broad regulation has led us to where we are now: continued high un- employment, little investor confidence, and nearly $16 trillion in debt. Government job creation in the private sector is a convenient political myth supported by Repub- licans and Democrats alike. The only job that the government may directly create will be a job funded by the public. And there are a finite number of em- ployees needed to execute the legitimate functions ALABAMA P()LICY INSTITUTE of government. When the econo- my is struggling, directly engag- ing in government "job creation" creates an even greater economic drag by burdening the taxpayer with higher debt or more taxes. Renowned twentieth century Austrian economist and Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek as- serts in his 1944 book, Road to Serfdom, that it is the government's responsibility to create aft atmosphere in which competition will thrive. The government does not create jobs.In fact, the government often does an exceptional job of inhib- iting private sector growth. Some politicians may argue that "job creation" means they bring business to the state or country or that they create favorable conditions for businesses to operate. If so, the rhetoric is misleading at best. Busi- nesses locate where they receive the most significant economic advantage, and creating positive conditions is a far cry from directly putting someone on a private payroll. No person or group of people has enough informa- tion to make the decisions which would enable them to truly improve the economy through planning and control. As such, planned economic programs will bnly remove economic liberty and enforce the ideals of the political elites on the lifestyle and employment that is best for all. Instead, the president and anyone aspiring to political office should remember that indi- viduals make economic decision; individuals are able to most effectively make decisions that impact them and their families; and ultimately, enterprising indi- viduals generate wealth and create new jobs. Elizabeth Robinson, policy analyst and grant coor- dinator for the Alabama Policy Institute (API), joined API in the spring of 2012 after working in constituent relations for Governor Robert Bentley. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: The Florala News welcomes Letters to the Editor All letters will be published at the discretion of the edi- tor/publisher. No letter will be published that does not bear the actual name of the writer and their city or town of resi- dence. A contact number or e-mail address is required but will not be published. Letters cannot be returned. The Florala News All ad copy, text and photos o~ginating from. 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