Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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No climate change?

EDITOR:

Major blocks of ice are breaking off the ice cap at the South Pole, receding permafrost is happening at the other end of the world as well as major melts in the extreme north and at Greenland. In Larry Weitzman’s column, he makes several good points that we should conserve our resources and not waste. I also agree we should not limit our development of conventional resources. Let’s become energy independent. That will be a boom to our economy and might even provide relief in our entanglements in the mideast.

But why not vigorously develop alternate energy resources simultaneously? Doing that should also help our economy and in the long term will also be able to replace conventional energy sources. It might even help climate change if mankind is contributing it (there is much evidence that it is).

In spite of what Weitzman claims, the scientific community almost universally accepts the evidence of global temperatures rising. When using scientific studies to support his opinion, such as Dr. Roy Spencer, he doesn’t bother to mention that Dr. Spencer is tied in with BP. Weitzman seems obsessive about “global warming” being a liberal conspiracy. That is hardly the case. Most studies go under peer scrutiny and some are shown to be faulty. His claims of lies and quasi-scientific studies (some probably are) seem to also apply to the evidence he uses to support his claims.

JOHN BLEVENS
Placerville

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Discussion | 21 comments

  • Alan ThompsonJanuary 06, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    Kudos to you. I read Larry's "in-denial" screeds and have to wonder what oil company he works for or owns stock in. He lists no professional credentials. Yet, in spite of that, he's given an open platform in the Mountain Democrat to repeatedly beat down any questions about man-made global warming. I think historians will look back to this period in our history and identify man-made global warming denial as the same mental blindness that once insisted the earth was flat.

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  • missing the pointJanuary 06, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    I don't think that anyone cares to argue climate change. The point is it man made? And or can/should man change it? 10,000 years ago right here was an ice age. Approximately the same time the volcano Mt Shasta exploded. Coincidence? I don't care. Just don't start charging me another fee for air.

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 10, 2014 - 9:51 am

    We did a science experiment in our science class at Sierra College a few years back (actually it was about 25 years back)... We made an artificial room with opened doors and windows.......... We set-up fans at one end and measured the air movement at the other side of the room at those windows. .......... Then we filled that room with smoke and compared the measurements ..... We found that air movement (winds) have a harder time moving through air with particles....... ....... Climate Change...... Maybe or maybe not "Man Made." .... But responsible people don't walk away from the messes we make ..... We weren't raised that way...

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  • cookie65January 10, 2014 - 5:50 am

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/what-catastrophe_773268.html?page=1

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  • cookie65January 10, 2014 - 6:16 am

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10560654/In-pictures-Niagara-Falls-freeze-over-on-US-side.html

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  • cookie65January 10, 2014 - 6:18 am

    http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/watch-lake-michigan-waves-birt/21899386

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  • Dee#1January 10, 2014 - 6:25 am

    This should do the trick------A group of Bay Area environmentalists wants to slap warning stickers on gasoline pumps, telling drivers that the fuel they’re buying is cooking the planet. The stickers would constantly remind consumers of the link between driving and climate change. --------- Image: 350.org “Human beings are not really wired for seeing the cause and effect of climate change,” said Jamie Brooks, with the Bay Area chapter of 350.org. “The cause is burning fossil fuels, but we’re not going to feel the effects until well into the future. There’s no immediate signal to a consumer of gasoline to show their effects on climate.” -------

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  • cookie65January 10, 2014 - 6:26 am

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-19/news/ct-lake-ice-boats-met-121713-20131219_1_ice-cover-great-lakes-coast-guard

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  • cookie65January 10, 2014 - 6:31 am

    http://mashable.com/2014/01/07/viral-photo-frozen-lighthouse-is-1-year-old/

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  • T-RayJanuary 11, 2014 - 11:49 am

    What is the earth’s ideal temperature? What is the ideal level of CO2 in the atmosphere? Why did man not perish during the Roman warm period? Why did man not perish during the Little Ice Age? Why did man not perish during the Medieval warm period? How can one put credence in a mathematical model that did not predict the last 13 years of stable temperatures? Why do we continue to blame statistically normal weather patterns on climate change? Why does the press continuously prey on the fears of the masses? Why does government propose to solve the problem with more taxes and regulations?

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 11, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Ask a West Virginia residents (http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/11/us/west-virginia-contaminated-water/)..... How important CLEAN water is?....... ask a mother in Los Angles how important CLEAN air is...... I don't care if the temperature is high or low.... I care if the rain clouds come to fill the lakes. I care if the air is dirty and we have to wear masks like in China... You can fight for the Koch Brothers all you want..... I will fight for my family and their health...

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  • T-RayJanuary 11, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    Clean air is a completely different topic. Abundant clean water is also a completely different topic. CO2 is not a toxic gas. These topics get linked to AGW for their fear factor. It is bait for the masses to cause panic, sell papers, and increase government involvement in our lives. I asked the above questions because if we do not know the answers to what the ideal control points are for CO2 and temperature, then all we will be doing is tinkering with the system. In industrial process control such tinkering is considered worse than no control at all. Over the last 100 years we have done many things environmentally that have resulted in significant unintended consequences.

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 11, 2014 - 1:10 pm

    So excess CO2 is GOOD for you to breath and your family to breath?

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  • EvelynJanuary 11, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Dink: The Clean Air Act list of Hazardous Pollutants (HERE) does not include CO2.

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  • EvelynJanuary 11, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    . . . Over 200 pollutants are listed.

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 11, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    Human -- Exhale CO2 Inhale O2 ....... Trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere ....... Expel O2 .......... and store large quantities of carbon in their tissues. ...... cut down trees..... Increased CO2..... Check out Sierra-Pacific-Industries website..... LEARN

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  • T-RayJanuary 11, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    Young forests sequester more CO2 than old ones.

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  • EvelynJanuary 11, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    While demonizing CO2 (vital to life) we ignore Fukushima. HERE: "California Official: Information on risk from Fukushima needs to be made public — State in contact with NRC — CBS: ‘Health Scare Over Possible Fukushima Radiation In Pacific-Caught Fish’ — Surfer: I’d never go surfing right now"

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  • MartinJanuary 11, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    If our founders would of started this environmental movement a few hundred years ago our planet would be secure from this global climate change, I am sure that earth would of reacted in a different way if they would of outlawed oil and fossil fuels we might even still have glaciers here in the good old USA, yes sir we sure have screwed up our planet! “by voting in idiots and money mongering fools to be in charge of our future.”

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  • EvelynJanuary 12, 2014 - 6:44 am

    BBC'S SIX-YEAR COVER-UP OF SECRET 'GREEN PROPAGANDA' TRAINING FOR TOP EXECUTIVES - HERE ********** Do you think it's different here?

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  • EvelynJanuary 12, 2014 - 7:05 am

    EPA/Dept. of Justice/Dept. of Interior (Obama administration) took a Whole Town, Riverton Wyoming through the "Clean Air Act" - 10971 population - HERE: "The mayor was shocked to find out the Federal government simply gave away the town. ... Understand they can do this. That is why your land is not really yours!"

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