Global warming real, but nothing we can do about it
March 25, 2014 12:00 AM | 1628 views | 7 7 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Letter writer William Lewis (March 16) made some good points, but still questions whether global warming exists. I believe that it does indeed exist.

To clarify, I can remember reading in a geology textbook — back in my Georgia Tech days in the 1970s — that, based on geologic evidence, we are in the “fourth interglacial warming period.” The textbook was, of course, written by well-respected geologists, and it was published in 1955. It said we can expect, as in previous warming periods, global average temperatures to rise, polar ice caps to melt, and sea levels to rise about 200 feet.

More recently, a research geologist (ironically, also from Georgia Tech) discovered and established that the Himalayan Mountains put out gas carbon at a rate greater than that produced by all the fossil fuels burned in the world. It has also been established that North America acts as a net carbon sink — general atmospheric movement over the continent is from west to east, and carbon levels are lower on the East Coast than on the West Coast.

All this forces me to conclude that a) global warming is real, b) human activities do not cause it, and c) there’s nothing we can do about it.

I can remember thinking years ago, “Let’s see … sea levels rising by 200 feet would be enough to submerge New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, and bring the beach up close to Macon … bring it on!”

Eugene W. Turner III

Marietta

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Still rising
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March 25, 2014
Warming has not flatlined. The heating has slowed but still rising. Stop watching fox and listening to wsb for your news. Please show your evidence if you don't believe in science.
CobbCoGuy
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March 26, 2014
I'll give you that one, Still rising. "Flat-lined" is going too far, the warming has not increased as expected, notwithstanding the additional CO2. Good call.

That said, why didn't the climate models predict this? Why were the climate scientists taken by surprise?

To save time, I'll go ahead and answer this for you.

Because all the factors and interactions and feedback loops are still not understood. See Monte Morin, LATimes, September 22, 2013.
Ben Twomey
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March 26, 2014
How about you show your evidence?
CobbCoGuy
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March 25, 2014
Bingo, EWT III; however, I would add one slight modification to your conclusion. The impact from human activity is immeasurable.
Great logic
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March 25, 2014
Typical nonsense from a member of the tea party.
Ben Twomey
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March 25, 2014
@ Great Logic: Typical meaningless drivel from a liberal loonie.
CobbCoGuy
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March 25, 2014
Great logic,

Do you have anything of substance to contribute? Anything at all?

Perhaps you have an answer for the fact that the warming has flat-lined for the past decade notwithstanding the additional CO2 in the air.
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