Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: global warming

March
4th

ENVIRONMENT: Inhofe reflects broken process

Re: “A snowball’s chance” (Off the wire, 3-3).

I welcomed The Washington Post piece criticizing Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, and his latest circus act. The editorial, however, did not go far enough.

Inhofe is an anti-environment ideologue, and his presence as chair of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee renders impotent what should be a role of vital importance. That it is even possible, in these times, for this man to hold such a position reveals the depth of irrelevancy to which the 114th U.S. Congress has sunk.

The debate about whether global warming is real and fueled by humans

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Sep.
23rd

CLIMATE: The religion of global warming’s true believers

Global warming (climate change, whatever) is back. I guess leftists still think that it’s a winning issue in an election year that otherwise looks pretty dismal.

What I don’t understand is how people seem to want to believe in global warming so much that they’ll check their common sense at the door. The global warming crowd has had lots of fun disrespecting and dismissing skeptics as “science deniers,” but when the north polar ice cap is still around when it was supposed to have been gone by 2013, (larger then ever, actually) or the North Atlantic hurricane season hasn’t amounted

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Sep.
22nd

CLIMATE: Don’t downplay global warming threat

I eagerly went to my News Tribune this morning to read what I thought would be a report on the People’s Climate March in New York City. I was disappointed in not seeing anything on it in the front page or mentioned under “Today’s Top Stories.”

However on page A-8 I found an article on it. And I must say it was a good article given the space given to it.

In my opinion, climate change is one of the most, if not the most, important issues facing the world today. And people around the world are waking up

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Aug.
14th

CLIMATE: Has golden brown become the new green?

My dad called Washington state “God’s Country” because it was so very green. He would be surprised with the current look in many places.

This summer, high temperatures, forest fires, flash floods and mud slides reign. It’s feast or famine when it comes to rain-making. And our public places are now surrounded by “brownery.”

This new look is an interestingly odd contrast to the evergreen trees and bushes that juxtapose the monocots. Is golden brown the new green in the Evergreen State?

Future water shortages loom and make this an enduring fact of life. The sun saps the moisture and

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May
9th

CLIMATE: Suddenly we don’t believe the experts?

Re: “Skepticism isn’t so unhealthy” (letter, 5-9).

Is it or isn’t it? Destroy entire industries or save environmental polluters? Now add to those sort of questions whether being a skeptic is imprudent.

The author suggests that people are looking for proof rather than opinions. Might I suggest that the proof is there for anyone who wants to read the papers published – but that would require a level of training and knowledge that most of us don’t have. And it would require that people stop listening to the people who don’t want to lose their political position or see

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April
29th

CLIMATE: We need a carbon tax

A young man recently told me that he now accepted the fact of anthropogenic climate change because of the latest United Nations report warning of the disastrous effects of global warming. This gives me some hope; it is critical that we create the political will to take action.

Big money is doing all it can to stop action. The Union of Concerned Scientists has a slide show showing how special interests are funding a disinformation campaign using front groups like the Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

It is not surprising. Our economy is

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April
21st

CLIMATE: The more things change . . .

Global warming is, pardon the pun, a hot topic. While the debate rages and words fill in for actions, I came upon a pertinent statement which indicates the discussion may not be an entirely new one.

As Henry David Thoreau noted in the 19th century: “What is the use of a nice house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

To quote the Bible: “There is nothing new under the sun.”

April
14th

CLIMATE: IPCC’s message was misinterpreted

Re: “Scare tactics failing to spur action on climate change” (TNT, 4-6).

Economist Clive Crook misinterpreted the message of the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. Crook leaves the erroneous perception that scientists have exaggerated the risks of climate change, and the IPCC calls for only gradual action on greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change adaptation.

The real message of the IPCC Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability report is threefold:

• Climate change is already affecting us, and most of the effects are negative.

• The burden of climate change harm

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