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By From page A5 | October 02, 2013

EDITOR:

Common sense would tell you that the global warming theory is a connived tactic to make the rich richer and the poor poorer; 500 prominent scientists have declared global warming isn’t caused by CO2 emissions. In fact NASA, reports that it has a cooling effect which is backed by the fact that Antarctica is having the coldest temperatures on record.

One of the “Fathers of Meteorology,” Dr. Reid Bryson, the founding chairman of the Department of Meteorology at the University of Wisconsin (now the Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences), was pivotal in promoting the coming ice age scare of the 1970s (see Time Magazine’s 1974 article “Another Ice Age” citing Bryson, and see Newsweek’s 1975 article “The Cooling World” citing Bryson) and has now converted into a leading global warming skeptic.

On Feb. 8, 2007 Bryson dismissed what he terms “sky is falling” man-made global warming fears. Bryson was on the United Nations Global 500 Roll of Honor and was identified by the British Institute of Geographers as the most frequently cited climatologist in the world.

“Before there were enough people to make any difference at all, two million years ago, nobody was changing the climate, yet the climate was changing, okay?” Bryson told the May 2007 issue of Energy Cooperative News. “All this argument is the temperature going up or not, it’s absurd. Of course it’s going up. It has gone up since the early 1800s, before the Industrial Revolution, because we’re coming out of the Little Ice Age, not because we’re putting more carbon dioxide into the air.

“You can go outside and spit and have the same effect as doubling carbon dioxide,” he added. “We cannot say what part of that warming was due to mankind’s addition of ‘greenhouse gases’ until we consider the other possible factors, such as aerosols. The aerosol content of the atmosphere was measured during the past century, but to my knowledge this data was never used.

“We can say that the question of anthropogenic modification of the climate is an important question — too important to ignore. However, it has now become a media free-for-all and a political issue more than a scientific problem,” Bryson explained in 2005.

Bryson signed a 2007 open letter called “Over 100 Prominent International Scientists Warn UN Against ‘Futile’ Climate Control Efforts.”

“Attempts to prevent global climate change from occurring are ultimately futile, and constitute a tragic misallocation of resources that would be better spent on humanity’s real and pressing problems,” the letter signed by the scientists read. The scientists, many of whom are current and former UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) scientists, sent an open letter to the UN Secretary-General questioning the scientific basis for climate fears and the UN’s so-called “solutions.”

“It is not possible to stop climate change, a natural phenomenon that has affected humanity through the ages. Geological, archaeological, oral and written histories all attest to the dramatic challenges posed to past societies from unanticipated changes in temperature, precipitation, winds and other climatic variables,” the scientists wrote. “In stark contrast to the often repeated assertion that the science of climate change is ‘settled,’ significant new peer-reviewed research has cast even more doubt on the hypothesis of dangerous human-caused global warming.”

Why is our government pursuing the Al Gore theory? It has been debunked by their own climatologist but yet our government is vigorously pursuing cap and trade causing untold amounts of hardships on our shrinking economy. Most of the body of this letter was copied so you don’t have to remind me that it isn’t my own words.

MARTIN SCHUMANN
Placerville

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