FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state legislative committee heard from
skeptics Wednesday seeking to debunk the notion that global warming
is a looming threat to the planet.
Many people are familiar with the theory that humans are
responsible for global warming that "Hollywood and the news
media" have put out, said state Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence. Not
so much with the opposing view point, he said.
"Is this science or hysteria? Is this an environmental fad or
do the scaremongers stand to profit from the millions of dollars
that are involved?" said Gooch, who is vice president of a steel
But as lawmakers prepare to deal with energy issues that could
come before the General Assembly, it was important to hear the
other side, Gooch said.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is meeting
in Spain this week, has issued reports on global warming, including
an assessment this year that human activity is likely causing an
increase in temperatures and changing weather. It also said
glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, storms are getting
worse and deserts are spreading. Tools exist, or soon will be, to
slow global warming, the panel has predicted.
Kentucky is the third-leading coal-producing state in the
country. Some scientists believe that carbon dioxide, which comes
from the burning of coal and other fossil fuels, is leading to
global climate change.