Archive for Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Alternate theory

October 1, 2008


To the editor:

On the front page on Sept. 24, NASA scientist James Hansen accused fossil fuel companies of being guilty of "crimes against humanity and nature" due to carbon dioxide emissions causing global warming. There are a minority of scientists that are not in agreement, however, with solid reasons for their positions.

The reason is that northern permafrost is apparently melting from the bottom up, that the rapidly melting glaciers are melting from the bottom up, that the melting pole ice is disappearing faster than possible from just a minor temperature change in the atmosphere. Instead, apparently these meltings are caused by heat particles flowing from the center of Earth, possibly and disputably due to some causes stemming from changes in the solar system.

Unfortunately, the majority of related scientists are overlooking this contradictory heating source and thus establishing rigid postures, regarding logical global actions. There will be some embarrassed scientists and their defending politicians if emissions as the reason for global warming prove erroneous. Yes, we must reduce atmospheric pollution, but it only has a minor role in causing global warming.

Donald Smalter,



a_flock_of_jayhawks 9 years, 6 months ago

Well, ese, it's called conservation of energy. In this case, it is not adiabatic.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 6 months ago

Just goes to show you that those ideologically opposed to the possibility of human-induced global climate change will grasp at any old hair-brained alternative theory.

Ragingbear 9 years, 6 months ago

Heat particles? That is amazing, as heat does not come in particle form. After that, the letter just read "Dur dur dur dur!".

sci4all 9 years, 6 months ago

"apparently these meltings are caused by heat particles flowing from the center of Earth"WTH? "Heat particles?" Where did this person (not) learn thermodynamics?

RedwoodCoast 9 years, 6 months ago

Wow! Heat comes in particles and they can travel through the earth!? This LTE needs some professional help.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 9 years, 6 months ago

Donald has re-invented physics. I doubt he can find a legit scientist that would support his theory, if you can call it that. A true alternative theory would need a bit more basis than that to truly be considered an alternative.

Reason McLucus 9 years, 6 months ago

There are underwater (mud) volcanoes in the Arctic and near Antarctica. The ice shelfs that have experienced melting near Antarctica are near an underwater volcano.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 6 months ago

just another bozo on this emp-T,No room in your rigid brain for alternatives? Pretty dogmatic of you.

Trobs 9 years, 6 months ago

Global warming, now bringing you one of the mildest summers ever! Coldest summer in Alaska ever recorded FYI

RedwoodCoast 9 years, 6 months ago

Ill educated??? Well, I know that light behaves as both a wave and as a particle. I also know that people have tried estimating the age of the earth by trying to estimate the amount of heat that it might have lost since its formation. Thus, the interior of the planet should be getting cooler from the outside-in, not warmer from the inside-out. That's my understanding, but I also had a ill physics professor in college.But I just think you like to push my buttons.

sci4all 9 years, 6 months ago

"At a quatum level particles and waves are indistinguishable."This is too funny! And irrelevant as well.At the thermo level, where adding energy increases the translational motion of atoms/molecules, quantum effects can be ignored. Those effects are significant for electrons, not for much much larger particles.The fact remains that the letter writer is just another poor schmuck who's heard some pseudo-scientist rave on about those nasty, horrible elitist scientists who think they know something about how the planet works just because they've studied it for years.

Brent Garner 9 years, 6 months ago

NASA reports that the sun has been "spotless" more days this year than any year since 1954. NASA also reports that our solar observing satellites report lower energy output by the sun and a weakening in the strength of the solar wind. Simultaneously, we seem to be experiencing a downturn in global temperatures--not uniformly, true. Would it be too far fetched to assume there might be a link between lowered solar output and lower temperatures here on earth? If that link is true, then wouldn't the opposite--higher solar output corresponding with higher temperatures on earth--also be true? And, if this is true, just how much influence on the sun do we mere humans have? As for me, I think I'll make sure I have a good, warm coat/parka for this winter and may invest in more woolen socks as the Old Farmer's Almanac is calling for above normal snowfall for our area. May also need to invest in a new snow shovel or splurge and buy a snow blower. Just some thoughts.

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