Denial won’t make global warming go away
October 11, 2011
To the Editor:
I’d like to reply to Mr. Schowalter’s letter (Oct. 5), claiming global warming as a hoax and wasting tax dollars, as one of the most unfounded statements on the subject I’ve ever read.
While I’ve found no evidence of a pending $3,000 energy cost increase for families in my research or claims that the Earth is cooling with increased CO2, I have found quite the contrary. CO2 parts per million in the atmosphere have close to doubled in the past couple decades and the mean temperature of the planet is averaging over a 1 degree Fahrenheit increase per year with 2010 being the warmest year on record.
Our lower atmosphere is warming while our upper cools, classic sign of greenhouse gasses. Not to mention animal migrations to the poles seeking cold, glaciers and ice caps disappearing, your admitted rise in sea levels, which has led to higher insurance rates on coasts, widespread droughts, increased ocean temperatures slowing currents that help cool the planet – and I could go on …
Why it is so easy for the deniers to disagree with 98 percent of the climate scientist on the planet is beyond me. It’s clearly a partisan stance with no fact check behind it. And it’s not just us; it’s been a United Nations cause for close to 15 years.
I will not doubt that some tax money has been lost in search for cleaner energy, but lets also note the millions that oil and fossil fuel companies have spent on research trying to disprove this “hoax,” eventually ceding to the fact that it’s indisputable. It’s happening.
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It is also true that Earth’s climate is cyclical due to its orbit and sunlight exposure (you got one right); however, these cycles normally occur over multiple centuries. Ours has happened in the 100 years since the Industrial Revolution.
And no recent rise in sea level? What a joke. Research concludes the seas are rising at an average of 3.1 mm per year and increasing. The average rise in the 20th century was 1.8 mm.
I’m not going to claim to know where all our tax dollars are going, but denying climate change as a political ploy is fruitless. Yet opposition will get louder as the proof stacks up.
Perhaps you may have noticed that a couple pine beetles have survived the warmer winters too. That must be the Democrats’ fault too, huh?