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Published: Thursday, Dec. 6 2012 7:17 p.m. MST

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Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

Where does DNews get this garbage? This is pure nonsense. Print something factual - such as if the US does not get is spending under control, we face bankruptcy which will have a far greater effect on Park City's economy than any silly climate control fiction.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@Still Blue

Why doesn't a Republican actually give us a real live list of things to cut out of the budget. Why do we only get "cut deductions and loopholes" without actually describing one. Why do all we hear is CUT, CUT, CUT without anyone explaining what they want cut? The constant ranting of you guys decrying government waste with no plan or concrete examples is growing tiresome.

VST
Bountiful, UT

There are still some unanswered questions regarding evidence to support the hypothesis that Anthropometric Global Warming (AGW), via increased CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, is the main (largest) contributor to increased average global temperatures. One of these questions is:

"How sensitive is the earth's atmosphere to these increased CO2 forcings?"

Additionally, there are many other atmospheric forcings that can cause changes in average global temperatures. But it is difficult to isolate and measure the overall sensitivity of each forcing along with their respective interrelationships.

The answers to these questions are still under investigation by the REAL climate scientists. The net effect of all these interrelated atmospheric forcings is what ultimately determines the average yearly change in global temperatures and the overall impact that AGW has to those average temperature changes.

Right now, we do not know how fast will it be, or long term, in which direction.

SummitHigh
Salt Lake City, UT

My, how short our memories are. After one poor winter, did we totally forget the massive amounts of snow that fell multiple seasons of the last decade?

We can measure and quantify the results of the past decade, whereas for our future projections, it is extrapolation. Since when did extrapolation become a safe bet in scientific research?

We have recorded CO2 levels for the past decade, we have recorded our temperature, and we have recorded winter snowfall. Why would increased CO2 for the past decade translate to more snowpack, while for the decades to come it necessarily means less? How does this all add up? We just don't know enough about this tremoundously massive and complex climate of ours to accurately predict future trends, be it 5 days or 5 thousand.

If, for the past decade, increased levels of atmospheric CO2 and the reported anthropogenic climate change has meant multiple years of 700+ inches of snow at Alta, how can the Utah winter sports industry NOT shout with joy, "Sign me up!"???

conservative scientist
Lindon, UT

This article is making an emotional appeal to stop climate change in order to preserve ski jobs. The question then becomes: How many jobs would be lost be curtailing our oil and coal production in an effort to cut down C02 emissions? Some would argue that global warming is the real problem but then why the emotional appeal about ski resort jobs? Why not more articles on the many locals who have lost jobs in the Vernal area as this administration fights against gas drilling?

If we really wanted to slow global warming, shutting down our ski resorts would mean less people driving cars, less people flying, and less C02 emissions altogether. It could also convert much of out beautiful, pristine, mountains that currently have large scars on them from both ski lifts and runs, into a more natural and pristine state. The ski industry is not the most ecologically friendly and shouldn't get a free pass from environmentalists.

Additionally, last winter was the most heavenly winter I have ever experienced in Utah. The lack of water is concerning, but I will take the warm weather. Always something to complain about but better to enjoy the good things...

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