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Letters to the Editor from May 19

Sun, not man, responsible for global warming

The Daily Triplicate's series on the effects of global warming have the tone of "the sky is falling." From 900 to 1300 AD the earth's temperature was about 5 to 7 degrees warmer than it is now. In one decade, the temperature dropped to about 3 degrees cooler than our present temperature and we had what is called the little Ice Age. This continued until about 1860. The 1 degree increase since then is seen as caused by man and is presented by some as the end of the world.

Would you believe that the temperature has been increasing on Mars and Neptune also? Could it be that the sun is the source of increasing heat and not man's carbon dioxide output? Human carbon dioxide output is a about 3 percent of total natural source output. In 2002 and 2003, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observatory in Hawaii recorded increased of atmospheric carbon dioxide of 2.43 and 2.30 parts per million – a 55percent increase over the annual average of 1.5 ppm. In 2004, this increase fell back to 1.5 ppm. Human output did not increase and decrease by that amount. NOOA concluded the change was caused by natural processes.

Renowned meteorologist William Gray says, "I'm not disputing there has been global warming. There was a lot global warming in the 1930s and 1940s and then there was global cooling in the 40s to the early 70s. Nearly all of my colleagues who have been around for 40 or 50 years are skeptical about this global warming thing. But no one asks us." He is skeptical about human caused global warming.

In 1997, Frederrick Seitz, past president of the National Academy of Sciences invited colleagues to sign a petition based on Arthur Robinson's work at the Oregon Institute of Science whose research refutes the thesis that global warming is human induced noting the relationship between the solar magnetic cycle and global temperatures over the last 250 years. The petition was signed by over 20,000 people most of whom hold advanced degrees in relevant fields of study. The petition stated in part: "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future cause catastrophic heating of the earth's atmosphere and disruption of the earth's climate."

Would The Daily Triplicate please present the other side of the argument as fully as the "chicken little" side has been presented, complete with front-page colored pictures?

Glenn Felix

Crescent City

Help end blight by reporting

it to proper county officials

As a long-time visitor to Klamath and now a resident, I am continually awed by the beauty of the surrounding redwoods, national parks and the hearts of many of our residents. I am equally astonished and embarrassed by the few people in our communities that insist on allowing the trash to collect in their yards that the rest of us place in garbage cans.

The number of non-operational cars and RVs turned into planters for wild undergrowth, piles of tires, mattresses and debris are only fit for vermin to nest and infest the surrounding neighborhood.

In accordance with county requirements, I have filed formal written complaints with the Del Norte County blight officer and with our local County Board supervisor. We have been successful in getting few of the abandoned vehicles removed.

However, when it comes to an individual's property, I have come to the understanding that they neither exercise all options available to them nor do they have the tenacity to hold these few accountable. I have found that fines are almost as rare as hen's teeth. Is it not sad that a few people can spoil such a beautiful area and then go unchecked?

This is obviously a situation where the squeaky wheel gets the oil. If we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem. If a community is tired of the filth it has to see everyday in the yards of our neighbors, we need to speak with our neighbors.If that doesn't work, we need to report these irresponsible and thoughtless neighbors to our Del Norte County Community Development Department or to your local Board of Supervisor representative to enforce local ordinances.

Paul Crandall

Klamath

 

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