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From page A4 | December 02, 2013 | 41 Comments

If you haven’t heard by now, a terrible typhoon named Haiyan struck in the central Philippine island of Leyte killing upwards of 5,000 people. Leyte is some 350 miles to the southeast of the capital city of Manila which is on the largest island of the Philippines, Luzon. Some are claiming it was the most powerful typhoon ever with winds that reached 235 mph. Photographs showed massive destruction of towns and villages, some even showed small ships that could be 200 feet long resting upright on land. It was a terrible storm.

Occurring at the same time of this storm was another U.N.-sponsored climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland. Since global warming has decided to take a hiatus for the last 15 to 20 years, manmade global warming is now called climate change. Because of the typhoon, the Philippine representative called the climate crisis madness and vowed to fast during entire conference, claiming that the typhoon was caused by climate change as a result of wealthy countries pollution.

Another group calling itself the Alliance of Small Island Nations is claiming the rest of the world is going to destroy them as a result of sea level rise caused by manmade global warming. What is happening is that poorer, third world nations want money from richer nations for allegedly destroying the climate and causing worldwide damage especially to these poorer nations. You could call this another form of “social justice” which is a term used in place of socialism. In many respects you could also say environmentalism is a euphemism for socialism as well.

Every recent catastrophic weather event has been claimed by environmentalists to be caused by human-caused global warming. Remember Hurricane Sandy? Global warming. Even Hurricane Katrina which hit landfall as a category 3 storm was, according to environmentalists, caused by global warming or climate change. Forest fires? Global warming.  Floods? Global warming.

Devastating typhoons and tropical storms have struck the Philippines and Southeast Asia for centuries. Hong Kong was hit twice with vicious typhoons killing more than 10,000 people both times. Once in 1906 and again in 1937. According to the 2013 World Almanac, the Philippines have been hit by massive typhoons since recorded history. Since 1952 there have been at least 20 typhoons severe enough to make their way to the list of notable hurricanes, typhoons, blizzards and other storms. Together these storms have killed tens of thousands of people with one storm 20 years ago along with flash floods taking 7,000 lives.

Dr. Ryan Maue said “over the past 1,000 years, the Philippines have been hit by 10,000-20,000 tropical cyclones. Don’t be so arrogant to believe man caused Haiyan.” Dr. Maue continued, “Haiyan is the 58th Super Typhoon since 1950 to reach a central pressure of 900 mb or lower from historical records. Fifty of the 58 super typhoons with pressures lower than 900 mb or lower occurred between 1950 and 1987, only eight in the past 25 years.

In 1970 alone (a period of alleged unexplained global cooling), three catastrophic typhoons hit the Philippines between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. Guess what was blamed? That’s right — global cooling. Some scientists at the time were scaring us with the next ice age. And if you want to know about killer typhoons, Bangladesh in 1970 lost 300,000 souls from a cyclone. In 1965 Bangladesh lost about 50,000 people from two massive windstorms in a 20-day period in late spring.

Perhaps the biggest disaster of modern times was the flood of 1931 in China along the Huang He (Yellow River) where massive flooding killed 3.7 millikon people. The same river flooded in 1332-33 and it was said to have killed 7 million people and again in 1887 where 1 million to 2 million died as a result.  If these events happened today, you could bet the global warming crowd would be screaming it was from global warming. What has helped the Huang He since 1946 is the advent of modern dams. Don’t environmentalists want to tear dams down?

With all modern natural disasters, including weather events, floods and forest fires (forest fires were far greater in acreage and intensity 100 years ago and the fires today are from poor forest management), alleged global warming or climate change have no cause and/or effect. And for these climate alarmists to claim such without any scientific evidence, not a shred, is intolerable. To play on people’s fears or to use them to advance a cause for the purpose of enhancing themselves through power and money (like asking for donations to their cause) is repugnant.

Science is rapidly advancing regarding the extreme complexity of climate and it will be shown (if the data aren’t there already) that the human imprint on climate from co2 is insignificant. What new cause will the climate alarmists take up next? How about the next ice age.

Larry Weitzman is a resident of Rescue.

 

Larry Weitzman

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  • cookie65December 02, 2013 - 5:54 am

    One of my personal favorites is the floods. Since well trained leftists have an inbred aversion to asking questions about anything they are told to believe I will ask one they don't want to know the answer to. Look at the floods that occur periodically along the Mississippi River. A thousand miles of some of the richest farmland in the world gets flooded whenever the Mississippi overflows its banks. My question is this.... Which came first the farmland or the floods? It is the same here in the central valley of California. Every time it floods the wackos scream "global warming". Guess what meatheads, the floods are what caused the farmland. Been going on for millions of years. EnvironMENTALism is the new home of communism. The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ends on Saturday, Nov. 30, had the fewest number of hurricanes since 1982.

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  • EnvironmentDecember 02, 2013 - 9:49 am

    I'm an Environmental Science and Management major (will be changing to Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology but still for the environment) and first of all, I take offense to "meathead" and "wacko". Second, I will give you the answer; floods of course. Third, I have have yet to hear anyone say the floods in California are caused from global warming.

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  • cookie65December 02, 2013 - 10:54 am

    "Climate change threatens California’s FUTURE Increases in global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) are leading to higher air and water temperatures as well as rising sea levels, with serious consequences for California. Air temperatures are projected to increase throughout the state over the coming century. Sea level is expected to rise 17 to 66 inches by 2100, and the frequency of extreme events such as heat waves, wildfires, floods, and droughts is expected to increase. Higher temperatures will result in more rain and less snow, diminishing the reserves of water in the Sierra Nevada snowpack. Even if all GHG emissions ceased today, some of these developments would be unavoidable because the climate system changes slowly." http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/report/R_113EHR.pdf

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  • cookie65December 02, 2013 - 10:57 am

    Let me give you a head start on your studies. As far as you being offended... GOOD!!!http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/vial/publications/AB32_background_paper08.pdf

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  • EnvironmentDecember 02, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    That is very interesting. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. As you said, I apparently like asking questions and receiving answers as I'm a "meathead". However, you appear to be very narrow minded and cruel as to saying that I should be offended. You are not representing your side very well in causing hatred. Unless you are trolling, in which then well done. I really wish though you wouldn't wish these things upon people. It just causes a greater rift in society and prevents people from working together (which is what should be happening in the government even though it isn't). Since you have proven that you are a cruel person (at least online) you deserve no further comments from anybody.

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  • Dink LaneDecember 02, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    Environment: Wow!

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  • kggDecember 02, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    envirornment wrote: "Since you have proven that you are a cruel person (at least online) you deserve no further comments from anybody." kgg writes: auguste robin said: "nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely." after trying to encourage the loon to see reason, some of us have used that experience in our decision to to stop responding to her/his inane ravings.

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  • Tom GibneyDecember 02, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    But you don't have anything else save for you feel offended? Nothing to refute then? Ok moving right along.

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  • cookie65December 02, 2013 - 7:41 pm

    Environment, there is no reasoning with leftists, there is no negotiating with them. You think what I do is offensive? How about people losing their rights to what they are allowed to do on their own private property? How about the continued taking of freedom and liberty over a fraud? Having trillions of dollars confiscated from people who earn it over a fraud? Should someone like me find that offensive? How about the continued abuses of the epa and other non-Constitutional agencies? The making of laws out of thin air? The all out assault against this country and the people who make it work? The endless regulations, mandates, fines and fees? Those are real issues, unlike you being a meathead. I find everything about the environMENTAL meathead wackos offensive.

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  • PatriceDecember 02, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    Environment, cookie no name is paid to cause divisiveness and be hateful. Besides he knows nothing else, and yet knows everything else. Many have stopped responding to the way his mind works. Myself, I do not even read his narcissistic ramblings.

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  • cookie65December 03, 2013 - 5:06 am

    “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

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  • rodDecember 03, 2013 - 1:04 am

    What, you don’t think our government has lied about environmental policy as well? Guess again. The taking of private property, the taking of legally deeded water and the taking of our public lands, all in the interest of ‘endangered species’ when many of these species really are not endangered at all… is a colossal lie. The increasing frequency of catastrophic forest fires “megafires” utterly incinerating all flora and fauna within them, including endangered species are the result of poor management or no management at all. Yet these agencies, EPA/USFWS, D of I, USFS/BLM, et al, have the audacity to blame it on ‘global warming’. EPA has handcuffed natural gas production on all federal lands in the interest of reducing CO2 emissions, yet at the same time, they quietly rubber-stamp six miles of coal filled railroad cars headed for Asian markets… every day! And so forth. By the way, coal produces twice the CO2 per BTU than natural gas. See any problems here? Maybe u should post about something interesting? Just remember, the more you learn about any discipline, the more you have to remind yourself to keep an open mind. Nothing is worse than educated ignorance.

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  • cookie65December 03, 2013 - 5:19 am

    Environment, just train yourself to repeat whatever they tell you to believe and you will graduate with honors. I guarantee it.

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  • cookie65December 03, 2013 - 7:28 am

    Environment, I don't have a crystal ball but I can see your education. "The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling." -- Thomas Sowell. BTW Dink, Thomas Sowell is not only one of the most outspoken critics of obama but he also a black man (NOT half) who was raised in abject poverty. Does that make him a racist?

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  • cookie65December 02, 2013 - 8:09 am

    http://www.climatedepot.com/2013/11/29/nearly-1000-record-low-temperatures-set-as-another-round-of-arctic-air-forecast-to-deep-freeze-the-u-s/

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  • kggDecember 02, 2013 - 10:22 am

    larry wrote: "Science is rapidly advancing regarding the extreme complexity of climate and it will be shown (if the data aren’t there already) that the human imprint on climate from co2 is insignificant. " kgg writes: "Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities,1and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position." climate.nasa.gov

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  • cookie65December 02, 2013 - 11:30 am

    You are beyond help.

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  • Jeff ScottDecember 02, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    That's it, Cookie! Way to go! You quote and put up links to all sorts of articles constantly, but when someone else puts up some information, you disregard it because it doesn't go along with your trolling. You are the worst kind of hypocrite.

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  • cookie65December 02, 2013 - 7:53 pm

    Jeff Scott, the "97%" has been a lie from day one and many of the "scientists" who signed on to the possibility of man's activities have withdrawn their support. Yet here is kgg still trying to use it. Like I said he is beyond help. Here is what he says, "Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities". Please explain to me the scientific definition of "very likely". I would love to hear it. I will tell you, it means we don't know but this is a theory we are pushing because it allows us to confiscate money and dictate freedom and behavior. Tell me how they know what the weather is going to be like 20 years from now when they don't know what it is going to do next week? I have been listening to the global warming fraud since they first created it in 1975. As soon as algore bulldozes his house and moves into a yurt I will listen.

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  • T-RayDecember 02, 2013 - 8:51 pm

    Many decades ago, I student taught high school trigonometry. I leaned trig from an old school teacher who drilled the fundamentals into us. By the time I was a senior in college, math education theory had moved to newer methods. Like days of old, the students were required to work on trig identities. However, their textbook instructions were to “Prove the following trig identities.” I decided they needed extra work so I created a set of mimeographed (pre-Xerox for youngsters) identity problems with the instructions to “Prove or disprove the follow trig identities.” The next day I had a roomful of irate, frustrated students. They had worked for hours on the on the problems and failed to find solutions for several of them. So they challenged me to solve them. I went to the board and wrote out the first problem substituting in pi/2 for the angle on each side of the equation. After reduction it yielded 1 = 0. QED. It’s not an identity. The students were livid with the ease of the solution but I am sure they remembered that lesson. ---- A scientific theory can never be proven. It can be shown to be true under the current known conditions and test methods. It makes no difference if 99.999% of the scientists believe it to be true. It only takes one scientist with one counter example to disprove it. Science is not done by consensus.

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  • cookie65December 03, 2013 - 4:28 am

    T Ray, my favorite trig problem from an old school instructor was this. if you had a string wrapped around the circumference of the earth at the equator how much longer would the string need to be to sit one inch above the earth all the way around?

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  • Dink LaneDecember 02, 2013 - 11:31 am

    Since when did Larry and this "Dr. Ryan Maue" [a weatherman] become the LEADERS in the Scientific community?...... Back with the Catholic Church condemned Galileo, the Church was sure they knew all the answers "because the bible told them so."......... Intelligent people got away from the idea that one person's theory stands on it's OWN..... TODAY....the Rest of the Scientific Community MUST be able to "recreate" the evidence...... NO one has been able to RECREATE Larry and Ryan's facts.... So citing a "knuckle" head.... doesn't make it a scientific FACT!

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  • Tom GibneyDecember 02, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    Fecal matter occurs. But yet the Enviro community does never admit to stepping in it. The Global warming crowd are no better than Weather reporters. They still can't decide what's going to happen next. Personally I would focus blame on China, Russia and India...who have done little to curb their pollution. Meanwhile the EPA in this country acts as if they are God and are on the verge of enacting Eminent Domain for the sake of the environment. ... Enviro Nazis . I love when the liberal crowd become all they despise...just amazing...

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  • plan fDecember 02, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    Working together to a liberal=fall in step. They've managed to turn science into a relgion.

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  • plan fDecember 02, 2013 - 6:07 pm

    *religion

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  • T-RayDecember 02, 2013 - 9:26 pm

    You meet a man that says he has a theory that can predict the next 100 rolls of a pair of dice. He wants to sell you the theory so you can take it to Red Hawk and make a fortune. Now you are not stupid. You want proof. So you ask the individual to predict the next 15 rolls of the dice better than simple probability theory. He takes the challenge. After 15 rolls of the dice, probability theory wins. The individual still claims that his theory works and only needs some minor tweaking. You’re a doubter and walk away. The predictor then goes to government and sells the idea to them. It’s sure fire, everyone will win. The government in turn decides to pay the theorist his due and reaches into your pocket to find the collective loose change to pay off the seller. The government then taxes you more to lay the bets. Since the bets are sure fire, they redistribute some of the money to the less fortunate. How confident are you that this theory that could not predict 15 rolls of the dice will predict 100 rolls? Are you willing to bet your retirement on it? How about your children’s retirement?

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  • cookie65December 03, 2013 - 5:26 am

    T-Ray, somewhere in there the predictability becomes an obvious failure so the need arises to relabel it in order to keep confiscating other peoples money.

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  • rodDecember 03, 2013 - 1:01 am

    WELL DONE LARRY!

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 03, 2013 - 5:09 am

    3.14 "

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 03, 2013 - 5:10 am

    I loved the smell of math in the morning, Cookie.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 03, 2013 - 5:19 am

    CORRECTION - 6.28" how embarrassing! (it's early?)

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  • cookie65December 03, 2013 - 5:22 am

    Very good Phil. 6.28" in. is correct. It is a problem that illustrates how simple trigonometry is.

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  • cookie65December 03, 2013 - 5:32 am

    If some commenter on a tiny local paper pointing out the evil lie of leftism is offensive what would you call a government that has engaged in the biggest fraud ever concocted against a free people? Here is one way to define it....“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” ― C.S. Lewis

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 03, 2013 - 5:32 am

    Cookie, it's a problem that demonstrates how important it is to write it down. Write down "pi times D" rather than "thinking" "pi times r" . . . . but . . . wtf . . . I'm still old . . . so that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

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  • cookie65December 03, 2013 - 8:06 am

    Phil, writing it down has untold advantages based on how the mind works. This format of conversation for example takes away the strategy used by leftists as a means of silencing people who expose their loonacy. For decades the strategy imposed by the left has been to scream at, shout down, intimidate, accuse, slander, talk over, interrupt and basically deny opposing points of view. In this format however, that tactic doesn't work. Through the written word everything they believe gets exposed as the evil lie that it is without interruption. They still try with their accusations of racism, hatemonger, and all the other formerly effective strategies but in this venue it loses its effectiveness and what we are left with is what has always been there. Their complete and total inability to defend through logic and reason all the nonsense they have been trained to believe. And it happens in front of an audience who get to see what fools they left make of themselves when they can't silence those who stand up to their idiocy. They expose themselves as nothing more than the lockstep, groupthink, school of fish lemmings they have always been. And we get to have fun doing it......

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  • R SmithDecember 03, 2013 - 8:42 am

    You cannot control what you cannot occupy. Fortunately, for freedoms sake, the communist laden environmental movement has not impregnated the minds of Larry, Cookie65, myself and many others.

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  • Dee#1December 03, 2013 - 8:51 am

    R--Hear, hear! You are so correct !

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  • Dink LaneDecember 03, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    You know I am beginning to understand why the US is no longer the country of "Exceptionalism".... Out of 34 countries the US came in ....... 15th!....... Below Vietnam, Finland, Ireland, Poland and Korea........ Why? ..... Just look at some of these posts.... Some people are so SCARED of a different ideology...... that they will say STUPID things...... I don't even believe they believe it...... You want to take Larry's "weatherman's" FACTS.... and ignore the other 103 countries + 1000s of trained & educated scientist...... That's your privilege.... but you have to admit you have put yourself on a lower education level than Russia (13th)...... Do any of you guys even READ scientific magazines?

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  • Tom GibneyDecember 03, 2013 - 6:08 pm

    Dink..... Not that the story on Education is relevant here, you might want to think again as to WHY this country is raising a bunch of under achievers. Now don't strain yourself but let me help you.. IT'S BECAUSE OF THE IDIOT LIBERAL HIPPIES WHO HAVE HIJACKED THE EDUCATION SYSTEM TO CREATE A BUNCH OF KIDS WHO THINK THEY SHOULD GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING AND HAVE GOOD SELF ESTEEM ABOUT IT. There... I think I put that into perspective... Now then I do believe it's going to be getting a might chilly the next few days...That must mean that AlGore finally stop talking for a bit....

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  • T-RayDecember 03, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    Every day

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  • MartinDecember 03, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    "More than 31,000 scientists across the U.S. – including more than 9,000 Ph.D.s in fields such as atmospheric science, climatology, Earth science, environment and dozens of other specialties – have signed a petition rejecting “global warming,” the assumption that the human production of greenhouse gases is damaging Earth’s climate." Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2008/05/64734/#WdzaJUu34dWOhAzQ.99 I Guess this is a stand off, I kind of believe in common sense.

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