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Letters to the Editor

Climate concerns

November 26, 2011

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To the editor:

The United Nations weather agency announced this week that the three most prevalent greenhouse gases not only reached record levels but are accumulating faster than had been predicted. It appears that the goals for limitation of warming of the earth set just two years ago in Copenhagen already are unrealistic.

The Republican Party and especially its candidates for president have assured us that this global warming issue is just a plot of international climate scientists in order to ... well, I’ve forgotten why they are doing this. Anyway, I want to thank the GOP because otherwise I would be worried — very worried.

On the off chance that this isn’t just a liberal, Big Government plot, California has taken some vigorous steps toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions using several approaches including their recently approved version of cap and trade. A simpler and possibly more effective approach is being promoted by the Climate Change Lobby www.citizensclimatelobby.org. Stay informed. This may be the most important issue of the 21st century.

Comments

Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

"China has made a huge commitment to green technologies and its economy seems to be chugging right along..." Maybe not so much anymore. http://news.investors.com/Article/590968/201111081835/Chinas-Miracle-Next-Big-Bust-.htm

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Ken Lassman 2 years, 4 months ago

Hoo boy, the you-know-what has become so deep in this comment list so quickly that I really hesitate to step into it, but the odor is so strong I just have to turn on the fan a little just to clear the air.

The claim about how green governments are going broke--like we're in such good shape here in the good 'ol USA??? China has made a huge commitment to green technologies and its economy seems to be chugging right along. And Germany, one of the greenest in Europe is the strongest economy, as are the Scandinavian countries, while Greece and Italy, the economies on the ropes, have always lagged behind most other European governments regarding green initiatives, both public and private. Your conclusion is laughable!

10 years of flat temperatures?? Never mind that unlike the HADCRUT3 temperature dataset that omitted key arctic areas that had some of the largest increases in temps, the GISS and NASA global datasets showed 2005 as hotter than 1998, and the 12 month period from June 2009 to May 2010 was the hottest year on record. Also, such flat claims ignore the steadily increasing ocean heat content data, the sea surface temps, the decreasing arctic ice levels, etc. which, if looked at as a whole, shows unambiguously the warming trend despite cyclical fluctuations in the land temperatures. There is no credible evidence that the warming trend is reversing itself and to say otherwise is either purposefully deceptive or ignorant.

And removing thousands of buoys in cooler waters to skew the ocean data? Give me a break. If you look at the Argo data bouys, some 3000 of them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argo_%28... I certainly don't see any gaps that would justify such a claim. These were recently deployed, and when the data began coming in, it appeared that the oceans were cooling. But it just pointed out that there were calibration errors in the new network, which, once corrected, has showed a steady increase in ocean temperatures. Of course, the calibration was no doubt some nefarious conspiracy, as is the shrinking ocean ice data, the ocean acidification data, the sea level data, the snow cover/glacier data, and the rest.

Hoped that helped clear the air a bit to those who care. I'll be back if the stench gets too awful to ignore again.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

waagh maaath....you're sure good at the straw man thing....faux news and pillboy taught you well

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tange 2 years, 4 months ago

/ hmm... given some of the commentary above, you'd think one could see the whole world from Kansas.

// and I thought that Russia-from-Alaska thang was a stretch.

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its_just_math 2 years, 4 months ago

Why did NOAA remove thousands or temperature monitoring buoys from typically colder waters, thus jacking up the average termperature to make it appear the earth is warming?

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Les Blevins 2 years, 4 months ago

Kansas should seek role as national leader in energy field

By Dolph C. Simons, Jr. June 14, 2008 There is little question that our nation’s economy currently is Americans’ No. 1 issue or concern. Various polls tied in with the upcoming presidential election show the economy is the top issue, with Iraq, the environment and other matters fading into the background. A year ago, Iraq clearly was the No. 1 issue as critics of President Bush’s policies were having a field day saying the war was a lost cause, that there was no chance for an American win and that troops ought to be withdrawn as soon as possible. Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama even set specific timetables for when they would have troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Les Blevins 2 years, 4 months ago

We've had wind, we've had solar. I think it's biomass' time and a trend is emerging in the EU. Kedco announced last week that it has secured funding from Ulster Bank to help build a 4MW biomass electricity and heat producing plant in Newry, Northern Ireland. The facility will be built in two 2MW chunks, and the first is due to be completed by the middle of next year. Kedco has deals in place with four local wood suppliers as well as a power purchase agreement for the electricity. The company has also secured planning permission for a gasification plant in Enfield, north London estimated to be capable of generating 12MW of electricity and 10MW of heat, and has secured a supply deal with a company processing waste wood from construction and demolition. "We're in a sweet spot for biomass. We operate small plants that we can position in places that have existing feedstocks," Kedco's CEO said.

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its_just_math 2 years, 4 months ago

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." --Barack Hussein Obama, January 2008

That would be a cap & trade that even his most ardent left-wing of the Dem party supporters hid from. What's that say about Obama being a "centrist"? Not much. He's about as centrist as I am a left-winger.

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devobrun 2 years, 4 months ago

Meanwhile in Europe....the greenest governments in the world are going broke and curtailing alternate energy schemes, such as cap and trade. Energy costs in Britain are soaring and the populace is calling for the head of Chris Huhne. Windmill farm development is on hold because of the visual and auditory pollution.

And best of all: Concentrations of greenhouse gasses are at an all time high. They have risen for the past decade and.....the temperature of the planet has not. That's right, the temperature of the planet has been rising since the mid 1800s. The 1990s saw a rapid increase in temperature and we are now at temperatures not seen since the middle ages.
But the temperature has not gone up since the 1990s. Over 10 years of flat temperatures and rising greenhouse gasses. Maybe the computer models are wrong?

No, the computer models are wrong. They did not predict the flattening of temperature that has been measured. The only thing I worry about is that decision-makers have become so dependent on sophisticated computer models. Often these sophisticated models hide reality and eventually just obfuscate the truth. Think computer modeling of financial markets. Yep, those models really have been useful to governments around the world in controlling costs, risks and wise investment choices. Oh wait, those models lied. Never mind.

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Les Blevins 2 years, 4 months ago

Climate deniers like to nitpick on Al Gore but rest assured history will show he was right on the main issues.

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its_just_math 2 years, 4 months ago

Sure, let's emulate California. Joe, wow! Have some more Kool-Aid. Good job of weaving the GOP in this too! Obama's "green" initiatives would be some good fodder for an LTE. Maybe I'll fire one off here some day---replete with Al Gore references---the Godfather of Global Warming.

Yeah, this guy led the global warming charge. Nutcase.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't like the way the deck chairs on this ship are arranged, so I need your help to move them around.

It's so wonderful and exciting that we're crossing the Atlantic on the biggest ship ever built, the RMS Titanic!

I can't wait to get to New York!

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Les Blevins 2 years, 4 months ago

There is no doubt in my mind that we are downgrading the earth's life sustaining ecosystems every month that goes by and that future generations will suffer tremendously and die as a result. We are daily perpetuating a crime against humanity for the sake of our own comfort that will makes Hitler's worst seem almost like a harmless prank to those of the future who will be amazed and wonder at our callousness and lack of concern.

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