We are told by the scientific community that the world average temperature has increased one degree Celsius over the last 100 years. In other words, the increase has been so minute that it is not something we could perceive except with instruments. We are told by the majority of scientists that the increased temperature has been caused by CO2 emissions. That conclusion requires that all other potential causes have been eliminated. Have all other possible causes been eliminated? The same scientific community says there have been dramatic shifts in world temperature in the distant past. We are told that the canyons and gorges in the Columbia Basin were caused by melting glaciers. Clearly there have been huge shifts in temperature in the past that had nothing to do with fuels.
There are those in our country who want to eliminate carbon fuels. Governor Inslee wants to impose a carbon tax sufficient to substantially shift public use away from carbon fuels. OK, to what fuel? There is no other fuel. Assuming that many more dams were built and batteries were improved so that we could use electricity, the expense would be substantial. It would be equivalent to reducing a family wage by 20 to 40 percent depending on the cost. But of course, there are not enough rivers. Even if we plastered the countryside with windmills and solar panels, it would not begin to be enough, and the batteries would have to be infinitely better.
If politicians are really serious about the danger of carbon fuels there is at least a partial solution, and it is fairly obvious. We know that plant life depends on carbon dioxide. Without carbon dioxide all plant life would die and then all animal life, including us. In fact, if more carbon dioxide is available to plants, they will use more. Greenhouse owners actually pump carbon dioxide into their greenhouses because the plants use up the carbon dioxide in the air.
Here is a possible solution: The Columbia Basin project is only half completed. The Wahluke Slope already has the water available. Why is it not being farmed? The same people who want to impose a carbon tax are the same people who designated that choice farmland on Wahluke Slope to be a park for coyotes and other desert animals. These same people want to take out the dams on the Snake River.
Both political parties should be in favor of farming all of Wahluke Slope and there is no reason it cannot be done immediately by a simple vote on a bill to remove the lands from parks and make it available for farming.