May 2010, Vol. 22, No.5


Debating Climate Change

I just finished reading “Changes Ahead” (February) and can no longer resist the urge to comment on the climate change discussion. In light of the recent unethical activities of climatologists leading the charge of global warming, I wonder if the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is reconsidering its position.

With e-mails that document climate data is being manipulated and/or ignored, dissenting views are intentionally shut out of scientific journals, and now the admission that there has been no global warming since 1995, it seems to me that the human activity role in global warming is very much in question. I have noticed a trend over the last several years in WEF to promote the claims of global warming without mention that man’s role is still being debated. Cap-and-trade legislation is largely based on manmade global warming concerns. The cost increases that utilities, and ultimately rate-payers, will see from this legislation will be unprecedented.

I rely on the scientific method to ensure that I am doing the right thing, especially in regards to biosolids land application. It is evident that political positions have corrupted the (manmade) global warming research. If WEF continues to promote positions that have not been scientifically proven, how can I rely on its research on water quality issues? It would be beneficial for your readers to understand why WEF promotes a position that could significantly increase (waste)water treatment costs.


Brian Schultz
Wastewater treatment plant superintendent
Sidney, Ohio


Ed. Note: The views and opinions expressed within the magazine are not necessarily those of WEF. WE&T serves as a forum for a variety of viewpoints and welcomes discussion on all topics relevant to the water and wastewater industry. We will continue to cover global warming issues (for instance, see p. 8 for information on a new Water Environment Research Foundation report) as long as they are of interest to our readers.

As for WEF’s position, the federation has adopted a statement on global warming, which says in part, “WEF will work with all stakeholders to better understand the global implications of climate change on water resources, aid in mitigating future impacts, and adapt the nation’s infrastructure to meet supply challenges.” The full statement is available at

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