To the editor:

I read with interest the Chicago Tribune's editorial of Wednesday, Feb. 17, "Global doubting." Although the editorial admitted that "the U.N. panel's credibility is heavily damaged," it later left open for debate the critical question of "what can and should be done to slow global warming."

The Tribune based its editorial on the 3,000-page U.N. issued report which was found to contain false claims after the U.N report had stated unequivocally that long-term global warming could not be disputed and that if left unheeded it would result in catastrophic civilization-destroying events.

Unmentioned in the Tribune's 2/17 editorial is the admission by Professor Phil Jones, Director of the prestigious Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, that there has been no statistically significant warming in the past 15 years. Jones further conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now, which suggest that global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon. This sounds like fraud to me and what appears to be a hoax on the American people.

More and more evidence is surfacing against global warming claims. Even so, those dedicated to the cause are not about to let it go. Global warming has become like a religion to them and a means through which to implement their ideology of socialism. This ideology calls for government control over the American people through regulation and taxes, directed toward the replacement of free enterprise and capitalism with government-owned entities.

Cap and trade, if enacted, would speed this nation along a pathway already advancing toward socialism and away from the principles of our Constitution.

For those individuals who are on the fence or just wish to learn the facts from experts about global warming, it would be wise to visit the Heartland Institute website at Chicago's Heartland Institute, a leader in exploring the issue of climate change, will be hosting its fourth international conference on climate change from May 16-19 in Chicago. This conference is open to the public and will feature 70 of the world's leading experts on climate change as speakers and panelists.

It is telling that on Feb. 17 there was news that ConocoPhillips, BP, and Caterpillar had dropped out of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. These prominent companies were part of a coalition of corporations and environmental groups that were pushing Congress to pass cap-and-trade legislation.

With this important defection from the USCAP, may other companies soon follow suit. Cap-and-trade legislation would unfairly penalize industry, impose huge taxes upon the American people, and result in the loss of jobs at a time when both jobs and the economy are foremost on the minds of the American people.

Nancy Thorner
Lake Bluff

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