Your Dec. 26 front page headline (Report: Faster climate change feared for U.S.) makes no sense. We can all feel how much colder the Earth has gotten in the past two years, and cooling is the opposite of the earth-ending warming you've warned about.
Is this new "study" just another effort to distract us from the reality that temperatures are defying the Greenhouse Theory — again?
CO2 didn't predict the strong warming from 1915-1940, or the moderate cooling from 1940-1975. Nor the non-warming from 1998-2006. Nor the sharp 0.6 degree C cooling since early 2007 that has taken our temperatures back to the level of 1940.
Sunspots, not CO2, started predicting the current cooling in 2000. The sunspots have a 79 percent success rate on such predictions, while CO2 forecasts have a dismal 22 percent success rate.
The ice in the Arctic didn't melt in 2007. NASA's press release 2007-112 says: "the rapid decline in perennial ice cover the past two years was caused by ... unusual wind patterns ... that sped its flow out of the Arctic." NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center shows 2008 Arctic summer ice was identical to 2002, 2005 and 2006. Glaciers grew this year in Alaska and Norway. The U.S. itself has been heavily covered with snow and ice — because it's been colder!
On April 21, NASA said its Jason satellite had confirmed the Pacific Ocean entering its cool phase, so this cooling trend is likely to last 25 years or so.Tree rings tell us there have been 10 of these Pacific Decadal Oscillations in the past 400 years. The Earth is always either warming or cooling. After this last country-wide bout of deep chill, readers might relish the prospect of a moderate, natural global warming.