Sen. Brian Schatz is incorrect ("Schatz talks climate change at Maui refuge," The Maui News, Aug. 26).
Climate change is real (Earth's climate has been changing for 4 billion years), but there is no credible scientific study that proves human effects or carbon dioxide is causing catastrophic global warming. To the contrary, the climate of the last two decades has deviated from the U.N. model to such an extent that even the authors from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cannot explain this deviation. Recent studies, among them one from the University of Georgia, are showing the Earth to be cooling in the last 20 years.
In the past, the Earth has been warmer than it is today, long before the advent of man-made CO2. There is no study that can prove that CO2 is a leading or lagging indicator of temperature rise. And none can prove it is the cause.
To recommend expensive funding, such as a carbon tax, will only result in making energy, and therefore life, more expensive. This will have a devastating effect on the middle and lower classes. Climate change (the new name for global warming because global warming is not happening) is just a way for the U.S. and world governments to take more control over our lives, liberties and redistribute wealth.
His proposed efforts on this issue are not only misguided, but detrimental to society.