POINT-COUNTERPOINT: Climate change major concern? NO

President Obama's speech at Georgetown University outlined the Climate Action Plan. The speech seemed disconnected from the reality of millions of Americans out of work, a crushing deficit, a dysfunctional tax system, mixed foreign policy, and reforms of the health care system. The speech denigrated climate skeptics by stating, "We don't have time for a meeting of the flat earth society," but was completely lacking in any substantial or factual arguments supportive of the concepts of climate change.

Does Obama believe that we have no input in a scheme that will potentially and massively re-order our future? Does he own the questions as well as the answers? I believe climate change is and always has occurred, but is now being capitalized to the worst possible scenario, marketed by a virtual army of climate advocates exploiting climate change as a pretext for their political agenda. I also believe the term "scientific consensus" is used as a method to stifle debate.

A subservient media has suppressed most petition projects. In 2008, the Oregon Institute of Science & Medicine initiated a petition project that has been signed by 31,000-plus validated scientists and others who are skeptics.

In November 2008, thousands of emails and documents were obtained from CRU, the British Climate Research unit, which is the major depository of world climate data, and resulted in the "climategate" scandal.

In "Lies & Damned Lies" M. Coffman wrote, "The general picture of the series of emails is one of collusion, exaggeration of warming data, manipulation of data and embarrassing information, and organized resistance to anyone who defies them." The political and redistribution goals of the climate change exploiters is best illustrated by a statement made by Dr. Ottmar Edenhoffer, lead author on the International Panel on Climate Change: "We redistribute de-facto the world's wealth by climate policy ... one has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy."

A summation of the climate change debate was written by Patrick Michaels in "A Climate of Extremes" Cato Institute. "Something about the global warming debate has changed, and changed for the worst," he wrote. "The debate itself has become a climate of extremes. Truth and fact no longer matter, outrageous exaggerations go unchallenged, unscientific speculation is unquestionably accepted, and non-believers lose their jobs."

It's been said that the best lies always carry an element of truth.

Glenn Helm has lived in Prescott for 10 years, served 6 years in the U.S. Army with the Military Police, and was with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and city police for 14 years.