Accept what experts say on global warming and work toward solutions

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  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Nov. 19, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Michael Mann quotes? Here are two good ones:

    "Bring down Mike Mann and we can bring down the IPCC, they reckoned. It is a classic technique for the deniers' movement, I have discovered, and I don't mean only those who reject the idea of global warming but those who insist that smoking doesn't cause cancer or that industrial pollution isn't linked to acid rain."

    "Public discourse has been polluted now for decades by corporate-funded disinformation - not just with climate change but with a host of health, environmental and societal threats. The implications for the planet are grim."

    Your questions are good ones. I assume the scientific community has thought of them as well as a hundred others that will never occur to you and me because that is not our field.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    To "Allisdair" while you are at that, go see the quote from Michael Mann where he states that we have not had any statistically significant warming in a decade.

    Are we above average, or rising up to average? It all depends on your data point.

    If you go off the 10,000 year average, we are below where we should be. Why do you want to keep the world colder than what the temperature should be?

    Tell us, what should the earth's temperature be?

    What should the level of the oceans be?

    Since when has the global climate been a constant?

  • Allisdair Thornbury, Vic
    Nov. 19, 2012 12:16 p.m.


    Shall we check your sources which Met office is being cherry picked by the Daily Mail? The National Center for Policy Analysis' web page says a lot about their science! Also if you are going to refer us to NASA documents please go for current releases not ones from 2003.

    Currently we have had average or above average World temperature for 300 months in a row sine 2003. Tide gauges show a 7 inch rise in sea level over the last 100 years. The US has had its hottest July on record.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 10:28 a.m.

    This is what's happening...

    AM radio college drop-outs [and their NO Global warming phoopah]
    University, College, and Scientific acedemia.

    BTW - This is the very same Rush Limbaugh who keeps insisting tobacco doesn't cause cancer [contrary to 99% of all Scientists], and is actually GOOD for you - as he brags about with his nicotene stanined fingers.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 19, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    Lets do as the letter writer suggests. Lets see what the scientists are saying:

    From the Daily Mail "Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it"

    From WSJ "New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism" There we learn that the best models are still wrong.

    "WORLD MAY NOT BE WARMING, SAY SCIENTISTS" from National Center for Policy Analysis

    "The sun shines some light on global warming orthodoxy" National Post. There we find that the sun and cloud cover drive global temperatures.

    "NASA STUDY FINDS INCREASING SOLAR TREND THAT CAN CHANGE CLIMATE" from NASA's web site. This one again states that we have had increasing amounts of solar radiation for many decades, and that it effects cloud cover and temperatures.

    So, if we listen to the experts, we have 2 conclusions about global warming.

    1. We don't have a good model that can accurately tell us what is going on with the climate.

    2. The sun is a very significant driver of global temperatures.

  • Allisdair Thornbury, Vic
    Nov. 18, 2012 7:39 p.m.

    It is amazing to me that the evidence is clear, yet the deniers keep bring up the same rhetoric, cherry picking a bit of data here or there to concoct a story. The real question is why? Is it fear or greed that drives the deniers? If they accept that climate change is occurring and man is driving the worst of it, that will mean they will have to do something.

    So do they fear change, well many big corporates are changing already Walmart and 3M for example and making more profit along the way.

    Or is it greed, are they concerned that doing something will effect their comfy lives. May be their utility bills will go up or they will have to reduce the air conditioning.

    There is a third option they are being fed miss information by the press and not prepared to research it out.. I say this because the regular comments here seem to come from Fox. Interesting Fox is controlled by Rupert Murdoch who changed nationality for money and has been bought before the UK parliament for telephone hacking scandals.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Nov. 18, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    The concept that there is a worldwide scientific conspiracy including thousands of scientists who speak myriad languages and work for governments (both free and not) as well as universities and private corporations is laughable. What is the likelihood that they would keep the secret? That they would keep the great secret? What is the motivation to not break ranks? Money? You have to be kidding, the industries dependent on fossil fuels would fund your research until the end of time.

    If we fear climate change will result in a power grab, then let's put in place what will diffuse that. But let's not deny reality.

    BTW, unless you are trained in climate science, the likelihood that you can adequately judge the quality of the work is low. There are few endeavors where amateurs can gain that kind of expertise.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 6:53 p.m.

    I admit I'm not a scientist so I have no independent knowledge (i.e. I haven't personally read any of the studies or analyzed the data). However, given the choice of whether to believe 99% of scientists who study this issue vs. the Republican party talking heads (Rush, etc.) who have maybe at most an associates degree in communications or something, I'll go with the scientists.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 6:34 p.m.


    Warming did _not_ stop 15 years ago. Denialists are severely and unethically cherry-picking data to reach that erroneous conclusion.

    You heard the Mars excuse from the same denialists, and it is also erroneous. Solar output has been constant for at least the last several hundred years, and studying the climate of Mars is a separate discipline unto itself. Come on, we haven't even been studying Mars closely enough to even measure its climate until the last few decades.

    To you denialists here, cite the scientific research you claim show that global warming has stopped, or isn't man-made, or isn't significant. Commentary pieces from think-tanks and right wing blogs don't count. You need t show the actual research.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    Why do I keep hearing that the warming stopped 15 years ago? Why have I also heard that Mars also has undergone warming similar to earth? (this seems to imply the sun was behind the warning).

    Also, if warming really were a huge threat, why is no one besides me discussing making at least some use out of Yellowstone Geothermal?

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    Sandy, UT

    "Only a fool can say there is no change going on in our environment such as warming. The only argument is what is causing it. " That is exactly the issue, is it natural or not.

    "What I can't understand is why, especially in Utah, that people who are "encouraged" to prepare for catastrophic events would bury their heads so deep in the sand to ignore all avenues to correct these issues. " Could it be that the only method proposed is one of taxing the poor and middle class with higher costs of food and heat.

    The earth warming as it has at least twice in the last two thousand years, the Roman warming period and the medieval warming period, warmer than it is now, is by no means a catastrophic event. The only heads in the sand are those supporting cap and trade because liberals say it is so. Notice how gw'rs promote the tax by fear mongering and ridicule of opposition.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    Two periods in the past two thousand years have been warmer than now“we have a substantial body of evidence for the natural non-CO2-induced millennial-scale cycling of climate that alternately brought Asia, and most of the rest of the world as well, into -- and then out of -- the Roman Warm Period, the Dark Ages Cold Period, the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age. And this wealth of real-world observations gives us every reason to believe that (1) this natural climatic"
    References are on the internet.

    How did the CO2 affect the 1938 hurricane which hit the east coast and did major damage. How did CO2 levels cause the great droughts of the thirties . Including the dust bowl that devastated the mid west? And finally Blue what is the correct temperature mankind should be trying to maintain? Evolution wise remember mankind is not a reason, only the total earth rates in this discussion.

  • Sensible Scientist Rexburg, ID
    Nov. 18, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    What climate change? There hasn't been a global rise in temperatures in over 14 years. Check the charts.

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    Only a fool can say there is no change going on in our environment such as warming. The only argument is what is causing it. What I can't understand is why, especially in Utah, that people who are "encouraged" to prepare for catastrophic events would bury their heads so deep in the sand to ignore all avenues to correct these issues. No one knows if it is possible but at least make some effort. Can't we prepare and correct at the same time? What happened to multitasking?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 18, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    Take away the tax on carbon and then see who still believes in man-made global warming. Follow the dollar. Follow the pay check stubs to see who benefits. See who has been paid to promote the man-made global warming theory. You'll end up with the "usual suspects", a bunch of liberals who never worked a day in their lives scheming to find a way to make the rest of the world pay their "tax" and a bunch of "bought and paid for scientists" who would fabricate anything to get more government money.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    Mr. Folland advises, "Let's accept what the majority of experts are telling us about human-caused climate change and work together for solutions."

    Hmmm. I don't think science by consensus is really the best kind.

    Mr. Folland is from Sandy. I live there too. It doesn't take much digging past the couple of inches of top soil in my yard to figure out one good reason for naming it that.

    That's because much of Sandy rests on the remains of a glacial moraine (sand and gravel) that was formed from the many miles-thick and tens of thousands of miles broad ice caps that once encircled the Northern latitudes or our continent during the last several hundred million years. Yet, most of that ice is no longer there.

    In fact, every time someone drives up Big Cottonwood canyon, they're doing it because the thousands of feet of glacial ice largely responsible for forming the gone! Melted! Many thousands of years ago!

    I wonder how much exhaust from SUVs or coal-fired power plants it too to do that? Maybe a vote will tell us.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    DougS: "What experts? Most, including Al Gore have been shown to have used skewed data in their findings."

    That is completely untrue.

    The scientific evidence connecting fossil fuels to global warming is mounting every day. Seriously - this is no more up for discussion than whether or not the Earth orbits the Sun.

    CO2 is a greenhouse gas. That's an established fact.

    There's more CO2 in the atmosphere now than any time in the past several hundred thousand years. That's a scientific fact.

    Isotopic analysis of atmospheric CO2 has shown that the source of increased CO2 is the combustion of fossil fuels. That, too, is established fact.

    Global temperatures are rising, and fast. 2012 is about to become the hottest year on record for the United States and much of the world. Again, that's an established scientific fact.

    A hotter Earth means more energy in the oceans and atmosphere, magnifying the effects of weather phenomena.

    Stop denying reality, and start dealing with reality. You can do a lot to fix this problem without destroying the economy -but we've got to start working together on this _now_.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    But if our political parties start working together looking for solutions, they'll lose most of their political clout.

    What's more important, solutions or keeping the arguments going?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    If denying man's influence on global climate patterns means we don't have to do anything about it, we'll be there, and no science is going to get in the way.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Nov. 18, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    There not experts

  • ron holdaway Draper, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    Of course the climate is warming. It always has and always will during inter glacial periods. We are, geologically speaking, barely out of an ice age (of which there have been many over tens of million of years. Whatever we do the climate will continue to warm, in a jagged upward line not a smooth upward line, until the onset of another ice age. Scientists have various theories what triggers these climate changes, tilt of the Earth, sunspots, volcanoes,etc. but they do not really know. Nor do they know the rates of change during these periods of warming and cooling. Those among them who claim to "know" that man made causes are the principal cause of the current warming when they do not know the rate of change caused by natural warming or even what causes the natural warming or simply making educated guesses. In short the Earth's weather is never in stasis. Incidentally the earth's climate between 800 A.D. and 1100 A.D. was much warmer than it is currently.
    They were even farming on the edges of Greenland. Don't confuse hypotheses with ceertainty.

  • DougS Oakley, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 7:15 a.m.

    What experts? Most, including Al Gore have been shown to have used skewed data in their findings. Had there not been global warming since befofe man, we would still be in an ice age.The cost of "solutions" is too great and will be largely ineffictive due to natural causes.