by Art Hyland
Burt Rutan, born in 1943 in Portland, Oregon, is an aeronautical engineer, but a supreme general engineer first of all. Which means he thinks about everything that comes his way by analyzing its function, design, flaws and value, free of any predetermined conclusion. His fact-based effort to investigate creative possibilities has led him to great distinction in the flight world, as he has four of his designs hanging in the National Air and Space Museum. All of them are unique creations that exceeded previous expectations of what a plane is or can do. And, by the way, all were designed and built with private capital, free from government “help.”
So, someone like this needs to be listened to when he ventures out of his accepted expertise, because if he speaks at all about a subject, it’s likely he has something worthwhile to say. At his worst, he is eminently practical, and at his best he is perfectly accurate. He speaks as if he’s talking about how a pencil differs from a pen, meaning he doesn’t use technical terms to convey his message, thereby explaining to one and all what he is talking about. Generally called Common Sense, Burt Rutan explains things in ways everyone can say after listening, why yes, that’s how it is, I knew that all along.
So it was that Burt Rutan decided to talk about Climate Change aka Global Warming in 2010. Rutan designs airplanes–he’s not a public relations firm nor does he contract with one. There are a great many important things that can go unnoticed at any given time; we can’t be everywhere. Although over two years old, this talk is still fresh. Besides, Global Warming evangelists, mostly governments or government-connected entities, are still preaching the GW religion, so it’s as important as ever to discuss their heresy.
His talk is referenced below in a YouTube video. It isn’t the best of audio recordings, but the video is okay, and after a while you can ignore the audio hollowness. What he has to say is much more important than the quality of the recording, especially when you consider how much the governments of the Western world have bought into a theory that is costing every nation billions of dollars, and in the United States, trillions, virtually all of it down the rathole of wasted resources. The opportunity costs of this gargantuan spending is probably even greater than the actual costs of the projects, but let’s first explore what Mr. Rutan has to say about Global Warming, for that might begin to change your attitude toward letting governments decide anything for us.