Archive for Saturday, November 10, 2012

Letter: Wake-up call

November 10, 2012


To the editor:

Hurricane Sandy’s devastation of the East Coast of the United States is now followed by a early season Nor’easter, dumping up to a foot of snow on the already devastated area. The news media, the meteorologists, and our leaders in government all need to refocus attention on these severe weather phenomenon. Climate models predict that events such as Hurricane Sandy, the current Nor’easter, Western wildfires, insect infestations, and the drought here in the Midwest, will continue to occur with increased frequency and intensity as the levels of carbon increase in our atmosphere.

We need a solution now to address this troubling trend. Citizens’ Climate Lobby (, a non-profit group dedicated to addressing the human-based causes of global climate change, proposes a carbon fee and dividend as a viable way to turn this ship around.

I would suggest that we all do what we can to educate ourselves on this matter and that we ask our elected representatives to back just such an initiative. Hurricane Sandy is only the latest in a series of wake-up calls. There is no time to lose. We need to act now.


Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 5 months ago

I would ask that all climate change fighters unite today and stop using electricity that is not carbon emission friendly. If your house is using the local power plant, turn it off. Do not drive your car unless it is a non carbon emitting engine. The answer is to start at home. Join me today and stop using carbon emitting power sources. If you are using the power grid, you are the problem.


bballwizard 1 year, 5 months ago

so global climage change is responsible for Sandy???? What caused the dust bowl???? global climate change??? To talk so matter of fact that global change is causing these disasters is dumb founding to me. Whats your proof? Everything goes in cycles and can you prove that this is not just a cycle. If you build stuff right on the ocean front you are pretty assured you are going to experience a Tsumani or a Hurricane. Show me proof that our addiction to oil is causing climate change and i will listen but until then I am in favour of both alternative energy and fossil feuls.


Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago
This a crosspost from another thread.
Given the effects of the drought last summer, I'd say it's already come.
Most people on this forum know that I very recently moved from Kansas (where I lived most of my life) to SE Tennessee on the eastern side of the Appalachian mountains. (Literally. I live at the base of Lookout Mountain. I walk out my front door and it smacks me in the face.) In mid October, people here woke up and walked out their front doors into something they had never seen before; a strange haze hanging over the Tennessee Valley. Phone calls to local meteorologists sent them scrambling to NOAA and we got an answer. It was dust. Specifically, dust from the Midwest picked up by the jet stream, carried eastward across the mountains and dumped on us. There were a small handful of people old enough to have seen it before. From the Dust Bowl days of the Depression.


bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

becky, shame on you! people in several amrican states are suffering seerely, many have died if this had been a republican president the media would be screaming from the housetops.
there is human pain and misery and the best you can do is put up your slimey little idea for a regressive carbon tax?

shame on you.

the earth stopped warming in the '90s. nasa scientists and astronauts tell us that manmade global warming is a myth.

it is properly called "the greatest hoax" see the book of that name. the data has been cooked. the earth has been warmer than this in the past.

as to hurricane Sandy: the Atlantic is warm and the pacific is cooler, as in the '50s, but of course you are an historical illiterate, a necessity to believe in global warming/climatechange/climatedestruction or whatever the newest monicker is.

new york has been hit by hurricanes before.

now, please turn your efforts to helping those who are suffering, and not to adding a tax that will hurt the poor, kill jobs, ruin the american economy, etc. thanks.


tange 1 year, 5 months ago

tomorrow never knows
what it doesn't know too soon



Liberty275 1 year, 5 months ago

"We need a solution now to address this troubling trend."

Fine. Go find whatever solution you want. The have a pillow fight.

Just don't expect everyone else to pay for you adventure.


FlintlockRifle 1 year, 5 months ago

The "o" will fix everything in the next four years, he promised??? He even shed a """tear for you""


Moneyfornothin 1 year, 5 months ago

Rebecca, not to worry there is a green energy plan in place and has been since 2008 !


Les Blevins 1 year, 5 months ago

Solutions to massive carbon emissions into the atmosphere exist now and more are available. What we need is deployment of those solutions and even more innovative solutions that enable powering society less on emissions of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere but powering society more on extraction of carbon from the atmosphere and sequestering it in the soils to enhance water retention and thus crop production. One such solution has been invented, patented and developed here in Lawrence but is still being ignored by Lawrence leaders, our Republican leader in Topeka, and the Lawrence Journal World editors and staff writers who don’t even want the public to know about it because of their close ties to the fossil fuels, landfilling and utility industries which contribute to their political party of choice.


Saoul 1 year, 5 months ago

Not only that Rebecca but every 26,000 years the earth and the sun will be in Galactic Alignment with the birth canal of the solar system on 12/21/2012.

As you so critically thinking said...."There is no time to lose"!


Idiot_Majority 1 year, 5 months ago

The sky is falling!! The sky is falling!!

Get a life Rebecca Ryan. Cap and trade got deep-sixed, so what does our fearless re-elected leader do? Why I'll tell you what he does. He gives the EPA unbridled power. What did this do? This blew the coal/electricity industry into oblivion. What does this do? This makes your electricity bill go through the roof. And that's just but one of thus bum of a president's goals.


msezdsit 1 year, 5 months ago

In complete irony, I was watching fox (very briefly) and the pundits are complaining about how poorly obama has been about helping the recovery from the northeast's storms.They are complaining about how much it is hurting the businesses and the economy. Given that Fox has supported the candidates that push for the dismantlement of FIMA and generally against government involvement, they now choose to complain about the lack of government involvement. Given that Fox took President Obama's comment stating that "if you have a business and you use the roads and bridges, you didn't build that" and then changed his comment to say something he didn't say but what Fox said, "if you have a business, you didn't build that" I find it ironic that they now complain that the government is not moving fast enough to repair the infrastructure these businesses need to function.

And, in complete irony, Fox is against any and every discussion of global temperature increases while attacking the government's slow response to the problems that global temperature rises can predictably cause. And people listen to Fox talking out of both sides of their mouths.

Pitty the poor Fox junkies that are to smitten to be able see through fox's bs. They actually believe them.


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