Ellen Douglas submitted a letter to the editors
about Climate change. Ellen said that those that don't believe in it are the ill informed and loud minority. Funny, seems to me the "loud" is coming from global warming proponents. She goes on to say that 97 percent of scientists that study climate change are in consensus and 3 percent are not. And, many of the 3 percent have little or no training in climate related sciences. I wonder how she knows that? Ellen also said that the vast majority understands that climate change is real. How does she know that? And, if this is all true, why did Ellen feel so compelled to write the letter in the first place? Why isn't she satisfied knowing the vast majority agrees with her? Does she feel threatened? Why the condescending tone? Why is there such a feeling of urgency and desperation in her words?
Ellen went on to say that, "as for those who are confused about climate change, this is quite understandable because it's a complicated issue." Well, Ellen, good for you that you understand this complicated issue so well. Please be patient with the ill-informed as we struggle to reach your level of intellect.
Ellen also said that those who grew up in New England will tell you that the climate is very different now than it was when we were children. Really? It is? How so? Apparently, Ellen has personally polled everyone in New England. Ellen, you must be exhausted. Well I grew up in New Hampshire, and I haven't noticed any difference. Ellen offers no facts or resources, so I will. Go to the Web site, the Northeast Regional Climate Center, for a little information on this past winter. On the home page is the headline, "A Long Cold Winter." In the ensuing article it said several Northeast cities had averages that were in the 20 coldest on record. Hmmm, global warming?
In her attempt to educate us, Ellen urges us to go to two Web sites. So I did. One is ClimateChoices.org. Guess what? It's a project of the Union of Concerned Scientists. About as left wing as you can get. No politics or sensationalism there, just the facts!
The second Web site is back-yard pond-hockey. On this Web site Ellen wants us to watch a video produced by Earthtec that features comments about global warming by UNH Professor Cameron Wake. An interesting backdrop for the story. A frozen Lake Winnipesaukee, covered with bob houses, numerous vehicles, dozens of people skating, playing hockey, children running through a foot of snow, people sitting in front of a campfire getting warm, and someone saying, "ahh, it's 8 degrees in the sun." This must be what Ellen meant when she said, "Climate change is clear and all around us." In Professor Wake's comments about climate change he said New England winters are coming later and later, the chance of Christmas without snow is increasing, and ice-in at Lake Winnipesaukee is happening later and later. He went on to say that ice-out on the lake over the past century has been happening earlier and earlier. Sorry, Professor, that simply is not true. Google Lake Winnipesaukee Ice Out Records, and this is what you will find. Records have been kept since 1888. On three occasions early ice-out has occurred in March. 3/28/1921, 3/30/1946, and 3/24/2010. Yes, that is the earliest on record by four days. On 11 occasions a late ice-out has occurred in the month of May. The first was 5/12/1888, and the most recent 5/2/2001. Yes, that's 2001. For the rest of the period, ice-out ranged from April 1 to April 30. Other recent examples are: 4/25/2003, 4/20/2004, 4/23/2007, 4/23/2008. Absolutely nothing unusual about the fluctuation of ice-out dates on the lake. The professor also went on to suggest that we could experience an ice-free Lake Winnipesaukee in the future, and what a tragedy that would be. Professor, your self-serving, politically motivated remarks about the global warming issue are misleading, irresponsible, unprofessional and a disservice to society.
Two other points on global warming. One, if anyone wants to believe that climate change had anything to do with the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, think again, no connection. Thank you Deborah McDermott for pointing that out. Secondly, two years ago, Portsmouth High School showed Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" to the student body. Did the school attempt to provide opposing views? Not a chance. Don't encourage our young people to explore all aspects of important issues. Don't provide them with the opportunity to form their own opinions. Just brainwash them. That will improve America.
I urge everyone to look at all issues concerning climate change. Go to the Web sites Ellen suggests. Then google Professor Robert M. Carter for a climate change perspective that is quite different than that of Professor Wake. Go to the Wikipedia Web site on carbon dioxide, and see the role it plays in our atmosphere and daily lives. Go to the Wikipedia Web site on greenhouse gas, and learn about the cause and effect of this naturally occurring phenomenon. Try the New Hampshire Sate Climate Office Web site for more New Hampshire climate facts, just to mention a few. There is a lot of good information out there. Try it, it's very interesting.
Ed Beauregard is a resident of Greenland.