Global warming myths
Dear Editor:If any of these authors (Jon Busch, letters, March 2; Bob Keenan, multiple letters) actually look at “global warming” data, instead of parroting people who have a transparent political agenda, they might find per Dr. Roy Spencer, a scientist at NASA/Marshall: “The temperatures we measure from space are actually on a very slight downward trend since 1979 in the lower troposphere. We see major excursions due to volcanic eruptions like Pinatubo, and ocean current phenomena like El Niño, but overall the trend is about 0.05 degrees Celsius per decade cooling” (see http://www.ghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/MSU/hl_temp_ud.html for the full article).If any looked at directly measured solar output from 1996 to 2000, they would find the sun increased its output in the time period from 1365.5 to 1366.7 watts/m2, an increase of 0.091 percent while mean earth temperatures (see the MSU site above) during the same time period increased by 0.2 degrees Celsius, or 0.09 percent. There is no evidence for human-caused runaway global warming effects.There is long-term global warming. CO2 is rising in the atmosphere, making the earth greener. Polar ice caps are melting. It’s just that global warming is not human-caused!If this isn’t enough, according to a Sept. 20 NASA news release, “for three Mars summers in a row, deposits of frozen carbon dioxide near Mars’ south pole have shrunk from the previous year’s size, suggesting a climate change in progress.”The only thing that global warming on Mars has to do with global warming on earth is that they share the same sun. Hysteria is counter productive to finding real solutions, like the combination of liquid-burning solid oxide hydrogen fuel cells and advance battery technology to cover both short and long trips. Like a crash program to develop oil shale that, combined with SOFC, could make us energy independent for the next 1,200 years. See http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2005/RAND_MG414.pdf. I just wish that authors to The Aspen Times would stop making “global warming” a religion, but rather study it dispassionately as the scientific pursuit it should be.Mike MasonCedaredge
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