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The ‘real’ Dark Ages

Regarding “Just the facts, please — climate change is real” (Joe Henderson, Faceoff Global Warming,” May 5): Please turn off the imagination and hysteria. Years ago Al Gore said the oceans would rise and inundate us by now. The U.N. said Kilimanjaro would lose its snowy top. The BBC, in 2007, said the Arctic would be iceless by 2013. None of this has happened. Satellite data by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Center, plus the European Space Agency satellites, show ice is thicker in the Arctic than five years ago, and 50 percent thicker in 2013 than in 2012.

Britain had its coldest March in 51 years in 2013. China had its coldest winter in 100 years in 2012. USA Today, in 2013, said more than 3,400 cold records were set in the USA that year. God knows how many were set this year.

It’s like saying 2 plus 2 is 5. Still, our government, to save us from “climate change,” wants to shut down coal mines, stop drilling for oil in the Arctic and not build pipelines. Let the people starve for a greater truth, I guess. Welcome to the real Dark Ages.

Gene Dunn

Spring Hill

Not even a nice try

Man, what a Kool-Aid drinker Joe Henderson is. Please allow me to point out flaws in his assertions that we earthlings are headed for doom and gloom due to his so-called “global warming.” First, as all liberal/social engineers, Henderson has ceased the inane argument of global warming, as he has adopted the more acceptable “climate change,” which, of course, is rampant throughout Earth’s history. Note that he didn’t address the past prophecies of doom by his ilk, and why they didn’t/haven’t transpired.

As a credible source, he quotes some gross generalizations from a report in the N.Y. Times — a report from the United Nations. Now, there’s a source you can rely on — mainly a pitch for U.S. dollars.

FSU has “some” evidence that tornadoes are getting stronger? Since when? How measured? What evidence?

While he rants that certain human activities cause “warming trends” (nonexistent for two decades) from the expulsion of carbon dioxide, does he have any idea how much CO2 a volcano might belch? Does he know we poor earthlings need CO2?

I would say, “At least a nice try.” But it wasn’t. Lame!

Mike Jones


Conclusion seeking support

If Joe Henderson is presenting the “facts,” it seems he should note that world temps have been on the decline for the past 10 years, and as of the end of 2013, the polar ice cap had increased in size by 50 percent over the previous year. Anyone with any level of intelligence will acknowledge that the climate is changing — always. It cycles. Certainly, you don’t blame humans for the ice ages, the last of which occurred over 100,000 years ago.

Cow belching and flatulence causes significantly more atmospheric pollution than automobiles consuming fossil fuels, but there’s rarely any discussion about eliminating them. Seems to me Henderson’s column was based upon a conclusion looking for support.

Tom Peterson

Apollo Beach

Only part of the story

Tom Jackson is correct when he states that the planet Earth has been undergoing warming and cooling trends for billions of years (“Don’t sacrifice taxpayer trillions at AGW altar,” Faceoff Global Warming, May 5). What he fails to mention is that with each cycle, the dominant species on Earth went extinct, to be replaced by new flora and a new ecological system. There are no dinosaurs today because of a major climate shift. Are deniers of this cycle going to now claim that paleontologists are not really interested in learning about life eons ago, but instead are conspirators interested only in destroying American jobs?

Severe climate change leads to catastrophic consequences for life on Earth. Why would we want to pretend that this natural cycle would be different this time? Furthermore, why wouldn’t we want to do something to slow or delay this cycle?

It is interesting how many Americans argue that it is inappropriate behavior for the government to borrow money to benefit people today, passing the bill on to future generations, and then argue that we should keep current practices that air condition our homes and power our cable TV, passing the environmental consequences on to our children and grandchildren. High school students should be concerned. They have just learned that burning converts carbon and hydrogen into CO2 and H2O, whether we burn a tree or a gallon of gas. What are they going to breathe if all the oxygen is complexed with carbon instead of a free gas available for their next breath?

Global warming is only part of the story about how human activity is affecting life today and tomorrow.

Steven A. Enkemann


Weather Center