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Letter: Warm/climate change, my eye

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opinion River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Dear Editor,

Climate change, my eye -- notice I didn't say global warming. No one says that anymore, it's passe. And we don't want to limit ourselves either. Warming, cooling, growing, shrinking - it's all bad, and humans are to blame! Rubbish.

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K. Spieler's letter on "global warmth" in the Feb. 5 edition of the Star-Observer is an indication that folks aren't willing to believe their own eyes. For example, 30 out of 31 days in January were below 32F, which would have been only the fifth time that has happened in the last century. The mercury also reached down to -13F in December. England is experiencing its coldest winter in over a decade, and there was snow in the United Arab Emirates.

Let's open our eyes and stop listening to the so-called experts in the media. A few minutes of googling will provide information on the expansion of the Arctic ice pack back to 1979-80 levels, and information on how solar radiation (sunspots) affects earth's temperature. Even the state of Florida is experiencing colder-than-normal temperatures.

See a pattern? Nothing is warming as predicted just a few years ago. Temperatures have actually cooled in many places in the world in the past few years. But global warming/climate changers will say that the timeframe is too short to be meaningful. We need to look at the larger picture.

That is exactly right! Any timeframe less than several thousand years is too short to be meaningful. There have always been, and will always be, warming and cooling periods in the earth's climate. Google a few things and find out for yourself. Medieval Warming (950-1300 AD), the Little Ice Age (1300-1850 AD), etc. Humans may be responsible for many things, but "global warming" isn't one of them.

Aren't there enough financial problems in the U.S. without crippling our economy with this carbon credit/footprint nonsense? Let's work on renewable fuels in a rational way, work to eliminate the need for foreign oil, and conserve where we can. Not because of global warming/climate change, but because it will save us money and increase national security in the long run. If we can make devices the size of a deck of cards that can send e-mails, play movies and surf the Internet, I'm sure we can find a better way to power them.

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