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Letter to the Editor: Climate picture

September 25, 2012

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To the editor:

With summer’s heat behind us, it’s a good time to reflect on the emerging picture of our climate. The National Climate Data Center says this was the third-hottest summer in the U.S. since 1895, and more disturbing: ALL of the 10 hottest global sea and land temperature anomalies since 1880 have occurred since 1997. An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control 2012 report concludes that extreme weather intensity and frequency is increasing, including both catastrophic flooding and droughts like the one we’re still in.

At www.Climate.gov you can monitor the changing carbon dioxide levels, ocean heat, acidity and sea levels, shrinking arctic ice and glaciers. The American Meteorological Society released a statement last month that climate change is real, is caused by human activity, and that “(a)voiding this future warming will require a large and rapid reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions. The ongoing warming will increase risks and stresses to human societies, economies, ecosystems, and wildlife through the 21st century and beyond, making it imperative that society respond to a changing climate.”

Every major scientific organization agrees. Fossil fuels are the major source of greenhouse gases. The G20’s “Analysis of the Scope of Energy Subsidies” estimates that fossil fuels receive $400 billion to $500 billion annually. Our political leaders need to show some real leadership and question this practice. Another promising possibility is a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend returned directly to the people, who can then choose to support low-carbon energy sources. The longer we wait, though, the more expensive and less effective it will be.

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Ken Lassman 1 year, 6 months ago

Seems that after all the heat of argument displayed in the comments above, that the points in this LTE still stand. There was no serious threat to the legitimacy of the data provided up by the websites listed, nor any more compelling alternatives offered to supplant the conclusions of those various scientific organizations. The need for leadership to stand up and formulate an effective response while there is still time is the only open question; that and the voters' willingness to hold their representatives' feet to the fire.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 7 months ago

um....leader of the trolls....your Britaingate assertions were debunked but you still repeat them as if rush didn't end at 2pm today on KMBZ. When does dumb hit the wall of denial and accept reality? I know of probably 40,000 Inupiat peoples in Alaska, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Greenland who love to take denying trolls along with Senator James Inhofe and tie all of you on a piece of diminishing sea ice and see the denying cowards howl for help.....I wish you could faces the consequences of your denial firsthand.....

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citizen1 1 year, 7 months ago

The point is "Green House Gases" & specifically CO2 are not the issue. CO2 still composes only about .035%-.04% of the gas elements in the atmosphere. Nitrogen & oxygen make up about 99% of all the gas elements in the atmosphere. Thus CO2 is not the problem he mentions.

That said, do we need to clean things up, you bet. But lets just do it in a sensible process where real results can be achieved effectively, economically and as speedily as possible, yet not under the cloud of hysteria.

With regard to man made we can trade reports, but that gains nothing.

Standing back we can note that the earth has had violent temperature for various reasons, most not man made, during earth's history. I suppose during the 30's we thought there was global warming yet by the 70's we were predicting another ice age.

Al Gore is going to have another show titled "Dirty Climate", he changes the name of his cause every year or so. He is excited about getting his green house gas $ via trading credits.

Society just needs to act responsibly.

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citizen1 1 year, 7 months ago

Eco-warriors attention! Research released in 2009 shows that atmospheric levels of CO2 have effectively remained unchanged since the advent of the industrial revolution, 1860.

Scientists (The report's author, Wolfgang Knorr) at Bristol University in the UK say that, despite rising emissions, the world is still able to store a 'significant' amount of greenhouse gases in its oceans and forests and has continued to absorb more than half the carbon dioxide produced by humans over the last 160 years.

This is despite emissions of CO2 increasing from two billion tonnes a year in 1850 to the current 35 billion tonnes. The report is based on historical records taken from Antarctic ice core samples rather than unreliable climate models.

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words 1 year, 7 months ago

Distraction plain and simple Distraction. Let's take a look at what is going on in the world. It's not climate that will be our doom.

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words 1 year, 7 months ago

Distraction plain and simple Distraction. Let's take a look at what is going on in the world. It's not climate that will be are doom.

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Armstrong 1 year, 7 months ago

Tange it looks like you now have a challenger for most Youtube posts. What are you gonna do ? C'mon man !

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georgeofwesternkansas 1 year, 7 months ago

Hey, my dad has a full set of tools, lets go make a Carbon Atom.

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

HEdoublehockeysticks 10 minutes ago

"I think Al Gore should have dropped the "stick" from "hockeystick" and just leave it at: hockey. As in horse hockey. What a pathetic fraud. I pity the fool who swallowed his hoax hook-line and sinker."


Time for another round of ...

"CRACKPOT TROLLS TODAY!"

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HEdoublehockeysticks 1 year, 7 months ago

I think Al Gore should have dropped the "stick" from "hockeystick" and just leave it at: hockey. As in horse hockey. What a pathetic fraud. I pity the fool who swallowed his hoax hook-line and sinker.

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consumer1 1 year, 7 months ago

I am still laughing at "Ooga Booga". I love it".

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Constitutional_Malfeasance 1 year, 7 months ago

There is abundant and demonstrable evidence that climate data has been manipulated on many levels in order to drive the global warming theory, which it is; a theory. I'm not going to waste my time providing the endless amount of data and anyway because everyone knows it's out there. Trying to change the minds of global warming alarmists is impossible anyway. Ocean temperatures are at the core of the intentionally faulty data, and it was and has been intentionally altered to sway the numbers to indicate total global warming.

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Chris Golledge 1 year, 7 months ago

Tell us Liberty, what exactly do you know that has been overlooked by the last 100-150 years of research?

Every one of your claims is a zombie that should have quit walking around years ago. It is only people like you who are afraid to believe that something bad will happen to them, and that they are responsible for their own fate that keep bringing them up.

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Liberty_One 1 year, 7 months ago

(from 2009) Al Gore claims the Polar ice may disappear in five years...

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Liberty_One 1 year, 7 months ago

Big Warming folks caught trying to erase public knowledge that the Earth was warmer in the past than it is today.

http://www.wnd.com/2009/12/119745/

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Liberty_One 1 year, 7 months ago

Antarctic sea ice at above average levels for 2012....

You see, it's stuff like this that the Big Warming folks always forget to mention that makes me think they're not being 100% honest with us.

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SnakeFist 1 year, 7 months ago

Isn't it strange how uneducated uber-far-right conservatives, like SageonPage, have opinions about absolutely everything? Even worse, they insist they're absolutely correct and the experts - people who have studied these things for decades - are not only wrong but purposefully misleading everyone. The incredible arrogance of a group that thinks Sarah Palin is an intellectual star never ceases to amaze me.

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Trumbull 1 year, 7 months ago

To those who think man can have no damaging impact on climate and/or our environment, I point to the Dust Bowl era of the 30's. Soil erosion helped by farming practices created devastating dust storms that were so bad it altered much of the midwest for the better part of a decade.

But here is the hope. Man can also make changes for the better, as the US did when it implemented better land management policies.

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Kansasblowsmeaway 1 year, 7 months ago

*ALL of the 10 hottest global sea and land temperature anomalies since 1880 have occurred since 1997. *

And this would be approximately the time NOAA decided to start monkeying with their temperature buoys around the globe to manipulate numbers.

This does not stop some from claiming its still warming. “The world’s ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for July, breaking the previous record set in 1998”, reports NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. To enable them to make the case the oceans are warming, NOAA chose to remove satellite input into their global ocean estimation and not make any attempt to operationally use Argo data in the process.

http://climatechange.imva.info/cooling/cooling-oceans

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 7 months ago

We don't need no science. We have ideology that allows us to get anything we want merely by repeating the right incantations (along with the proper clicking of heels, of course.)

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Les Blevins 1 year, 7 months ago

The idea that; "God gave us fossil fuels to use and to make life better with" comes from a total lack of any grip on reality. God gives us clean energy from the sun. The devil down in hades offers fossil fuels and tempts us with pleasures like the luxuries of air conditioning which currently is derived from fossil fuels and only adds to the intensity of droughts and heat waves like we've seen this summer which requires even more air conditioning. It's a feed-back-loop that leads us ever deeper into using the power of our economy to finance suffering and death for humanity of our own making.

“Climate change is a growing and pressing problem. It is now clear that if we continue on our current path, we run the risk of dramatic disruptive changes to our climate in the lifetimes of our children and our grandchildren. At the same time, we face immediate threats to our economy, our national security that stem from our dependence on oil,” ~Secretary Steven Chu

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Les Blevins 1 year, 7 months ago

OK we've now heard from the flat earth society. Now lets hear from someone with an IQ of over 100..

“Insanity is repeating the same behavior over and over and expecting different results”
~Albert Einstein To put it another way; it’s insanity to believe we can solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. ~Les Blevins

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atiopatioo 1 year, 7 months ago

Global warming is an excellent meme for global control of mankind. Gloom and doom prognostications always get the attention of those that can afford to pay attention.

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Liberty275 1 year, 7 months ago

If these same followers of the global warming lie were alive in Lawrence a half million years ago, it would have been a daily occurrence to hear one of them say "Ooga booga, big ice cube fall from glacier into Kaw. We must extinguish campfire now! Ooga booga.".

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SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

Remember that childhood story about Chicken Little? I'm often reminded of that when I hear the shrieks and wails of the eco-terrorists from the looney left. The ebb and flow of a dynamic earth is nothing to lose our heads over. God gave us fossil fuel to use and to make life better with, we are doing so. What do the 'chicken little's of the left do with the ever INCREASING glaciers happening now? http://www.iceagenow.com/List_of_Expanding_Glaciers.htm

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