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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2011 17:49:02 -0400
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Rich,    (01)

There are certainly many issues about regulation that need to be
changed.  I agree that the biggest problem is that the regulators
tend to get too cozy with the businesses they have to regulate.    (02)

> These compelling regulatory bodies are usually
> populated with people from huge companies in the
> industry being regulated.  Guess what?  The huge
> companies become huger and the smaller companies
> with better products and services disappear.    (03)

That is a serious problem.  There is also a lot of money that
passes under the table to avoid important regulations.    (04)

There is a large engineering company that designed many of the
bridges across the Mississippi.  The oldest ones in Illinois and
Tennessee are still in use.  But some much newer ones in Louisiana
have already been torn down and replaced.    (05)

The bridge designs were OK.  But some local contractors that paid
off the inspectors had watered down the concrete, and the bridges
were in danger of collapsing. (That's also a big problem in China.)    (06)

> Have you seen the recent NASA study that says
> global warming alarmism is not justified, and that
> the earth is emitting heat into space, and also
> adapting to higher levels of CO2 by emitting more
> heat and pushing the gas higher in the atmosphere?
>http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8278523/nasa_says_computer_models_wrong_about.html    (07)

I read that reference, and I also checked Google News for other
opinions on the subject.  Following are two:    (08)

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/07/29/no-new-data-does-not-blow-a-gaping-hole-in-global-warming-alarmism/    (09)

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/07/misdiagnosis-of-surface-temperature-feedback/    (010)

Apparently, the "scientific" study in question was written by
Dr. Roy Spencer with funding from Exxon.  Spencer is one of the
very few "scientists" who question global warming.  He is also
one of the very few "scientists" who question evolution.    (011)

Tobacco companies were notorious for huge amounts of pseudo science
since the 1950s, and now the oil companies are doing the same.
Fortunately, the longest ever heat spell of temperatures over 100
has hit the state with the largest number of oil executives.    (012)

John    (013)

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