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Again front -- -- pull -- -- -- -- -- our Jeff -- told us earlier about the USDA declaring a drought disaster in 26 states.
Extreme heat has been sweeping the nation making it -- -- -- six months on record.
Scientists some blaming global warming back next guest says not so fast Manhattan institute's senior -- Robert -- joins us now from Austin, Texas.
Robert because you kids and -- goods big issue is you can't say that on carbon dioxide is did direct calls of this Kenya.
Well -- -- that the short answer is we simply don't know.
When it comes to this issue of CO2 in climate change I'm an agnostic or.
Tell me CO2 is good tell me it's bad.
If you believe it's bad then what's the answer and I think that that's the key question that very few people are really willing.
To address particularly -- it comes to the scale.
-- our global energy consumption so I guess that for me the punch line is okay we can say global warming is the issue here but.
Correlation does not prove causation that's one of the oldest maxim is in science -- -- back and look at other droughts that we've had and also.
On predictions that we had about extreme wing extreme weather like hurricanes just in the last decade or so.
They did not come -- fruition.
Sure and and there even some of that the best from known best respected scientists on this issue were urging caution.
Roger -- junior at the University of Colorado has done a lot of work on this very issue.
Looking at these predictions that that climate change is going to result in in more extreme hurricanes for instance.
-- and just very recently pointed out that we haven't had a major hurricane make landfall in the United States and more than six years so.
It's easy to say okay we can blame carbon dioxide this climate change.
But that it can you say the same thing looking back -- the 1930s that the dust bowl at the 1950s.
For the drought we -- here in Texas I mean you know these are obvious questions.
And outlook the dust bowl story of the sidelined because they were hearing called in Washington and to all of the dust bowl and they had to cancel on the 'cause the Washington DC was covered -- a big dust cloud that's how -- was -- it's hard to imagine that now.
If they're -- -- -- on carbon dioxide.
Directly to global warming it would still be an out of our control out of the United States control -- keep it.
Well that's a key point and and I -- it.
A couple of things -- respond one is OK so.
If carbon dioxide is -- is clearly the culprit here and we're facing catastrophic climate change.
Then what are we have to do what we have to go nuclear and a big way.
For for -- as one response.
But what are the responses of the big environmental groups Sierra Club Greenpeace -- that are there ardent ardently anti nuclear.
But then let me return to the issue of scale for just a moment -- get -- that is if we just look at electricity demand globally.
Since 1985 we've been adding about 450 terror watt hours per year of new -- that's one Brazil per year.
Just to meet incremental demand that is and not replace any coal or natural gas fired electricity.
We would have to be adding over a -- about a hundred square miles of new wind turbines.
Every day just to meet incremental demand so.
The idea that renewables are gonna say this is simply false.
Progress great to -- thank you so much Robert Bryce and I by the way can stake in.
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