Global warming nothing to laugh about
December 22, 2009 01:00 AM | 752 views | 5 5 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:
I enjoyed Bill Stafford's letter about climate change in the Friday Marietta Daily Journal. It made me smile. I certainly would hope that he is right and that the possible harmful effects of human-caused climate change are nothing to worry about, and that the whole idea of global warming and harmful climate change is just a liberal hoax and a scheme to exert even more control over every aspect of our lives. But I fear this may not be the case.

I certainly don't have the scientific background to evaluate or understand this whole global warming phenomenon in anything more than the most basic and elementary way. But from where I sit it appears as if there are multitudes of serious scientists and climatologists out there with no axe to grind or anything to gain saying that the threat of harmful, man-made, climate change is something to be taken very seriously.

I read the other day that two German ships sailed ice-free over the North Pole this past summer. This has evidently never been possible in historical times until now. Glaciers around the world are melting, the snow cap on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa seems to be disappearing, and the permafrost in Alaska is thawing. The long-term effects of these events and many others could be very harmful.

Whatever may or may not be happening to the earth's weather as a result of human activity will likely come to pass. It does not appear as if anything meaningful, the events in Copenhagen notwithstanding, will be done to curtail it.

Good luck to all of us. We may need it.

John B. Coffee
East Cobb

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Tom B
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January 01, 2010
Global warming protestors didn't show up because of the threat of a BLIZZARD......dang those silly weather patterns that keep getting in the way.
anonymous
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December 29, 2009
Funny how the GOP lie of "once was green, now it is not" keeps surfacing. In fact, Erik the Red coined the term "Groenland, (Greenland)" to attract new settlers. Some maps also referred to Greenland as "Gruntland (Ground-land)." Much of the southern part of Greenland IS green in the summer.

For the commenter who stated "the world average temps have indeed cooled for the last 11 years," I have yet to find the proof for that statistic. Please provide the source!
tech06
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December 28, 2009
Just remember, its called Greenland, not Iceland. Once was green, now its not, and someday it will be green again. all without man's aid.

funny how historical has been used to mean short-term instead of long term, like the earth has only been around 50 or so years. it was much warmer when the dinosaurs were alive. did their factories and cars contribute?
PLP
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December 23, 2009
Concerning the Climate Change debate, anonymous is correct. Solar activity is the cause for any changes in our earth's temperature. Those who believe in man made climate change point to small changes in temperature. That is not a lot to hang your hat on. You cannot compare the daily temperatures of any two years and find where the temperatures match up for each day throughout the year. Weather patterns and changes in solar temperature make each year different. To find the real driving engine behind the global warming hoax, all you need to do is follow the money. Money is to be made on research and continued research and not to mention the carbon credit ripoff. Al Gore is getting very wealthy pushing this agenda. It has been noted that the world average temps have indeed cooled for the last 11 years.
anonymous
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December 22, 2009
There are solar cycles that raise and lower the temperature of the earth. We are just now starting a cooling cycle. Of course Obama will take credit for it as will the inventor of the internet
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