The Herald, Silver Maples and Carbon
Avoid responsibility, blame "climate change".
The Omaha World Herald, like much of the legacy media, believes in man-made climate change and reports it as fact. There are only a few facts in the theory. Carbon dioxide has increased resulting in more plant growth. Average world temperature has risen about 1 degree over a century. However, there is no connection between the two facts and all other supposed problems are based solely on conjecture, not evidence, science or proof.
Yet the media runs with the theory. Few journalists have any experience in covering science issues nor spend any time reading books on the topics they are expected to cover. The Herald tried to blame an Omaha power outage on “climate change” while ignoring the negligence of property owners and OPPD in the care of softwood trees such as silver maple trees, which break, taking out power lines and blocking streets.
Much of the City east of 72nd Street was filled with large Dutch Elm trees back in the 1970’s which were killed by beetles, similar to the way Ash trees are now attacked by another form of beetle. These trees were often replaced with the fast growing, softwood, Silver Maple trees which often voluntarily grow like a weed. The Silver Maple is loved by wildlife from carpenter ants, honey bees, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, and woodpeckers but this weakens a tree. The Silver Maple can break a lot of branches off, still survive and keep on growing, but with every storm, loses more branches.
OPPD does trim trees away from wires, but when a tall softwood tree is nearby, a branch can easily break and fly right into the wires, and cutting power off. OPPD should encourage planting of hardwood trees like Walnut and Oak trees, and discourage Silver Maple trees and other softwood trees from being planted. The property owners need to be encouraged to maintain existing softwood trees or cut them down. Yet the Herald does not want to upset such tree owners so blame "climate change".
To make matters worse, the climate theory is pushed by those who can profit from it. People love the idea of free energy, and renewable energies make sense. However, industries want to guilt-trip people with the climate theory to get them to use the alternatives. Industries such as ethanol, nuclear, solar, wind power, electric cars and recycling are all in on it. Without the theory, the investors in such industries lose business.
Yes, NASA and IPCC will keep on citing their atmospheric data and claim the theory is proven, but they ignore the Earth sciences and astronomy which can explain away their concerns. The Earth has had more carbon in the atmosphere in the past compared to today. Unfortunately, few are willing to understand such information and even fewer are willing to debate because a simple question upsets the debate. How much carbon should be in the atmosphere? Without answering such a question, there is no way to know how much carbon is too much and no way to know when we reduced it enough.
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