I still disagree

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A recent PT Leader Perspective piece asked “Who Can You Believe About Climate Change?” (Leader, June 5). Certainly not its writer, as it is full of disinformation and gross inaccuracies.

The UN has not claimed that the “Earth has 10 years to avert climate change catastrophe.” It is politicians who are making this absurd claim. Stating that “This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization” ignores the Medieval, Roman and Minoan warm periods. NCA reports state that there is no convincing alternative explanation of temperature rise (other than our use of fossil fuels). However, they ignore the 60-year Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation and solar activity variations.

Sea level rise and glacier melting data shows each has changed with little variation in the rate since the little ice age ended in the mid 1800s. Global sea level has risen 7 to 8 inches since 1900. It is incorrect to state that “almost half of that rise occurring since 1993” (It was only 1.3 inches) The world’s most noted expert on sea level rise predicts a maximum of 3 or 4 inches by 2100.

The writer exaggerates ocean acidification, as the oceans are not turning acid, just getting less caustic. In recent history Ph has varied totally uncorrelated with CO2 levels and nothing catastrophic happened.

Since cold weather causes more deaths than hot weather, a warmer climate will have fewer deaths.

The forest fire statement is deceptive. National wildfire data shows the number of fires has not increased over the period mentioned. Acreage burned has increased most likely due to poor management of our forests and brush lands.

Temperature prediction models, using CO2 levels as a driver, have been shown to grossly exaggerate future temperatures.

The only climate change concern is politicians and bureaucrats trying to get more control using this manufactured crisis.

Gene Farr
Port Townsend

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Justin Hale

Exhibit A: Jay Inslee flying all over the country in highly polluting airliners while he claims to be the green candidate.

Wednesday, June 12
Tom Camfield

Your record is stuck, Justin. This flimsy straw-clutching doesn't cut it.

Wednesday, June 12
Tom Camfield

You appear, Gene, to have your head buried in the litter-box sand. Do you actually believe this avoidance material you are espousing—or are you just pandering to the ignorance of Donald Trump as human kind calls out desperately for intelligence?

Here are just a few comments from a Washington Post article today, as death stalks us all in the real world that doesn’t care much about the ancient Minoans right now. We’re in survival mode.

“Simultaneous heat waves scorched land areas all over the Northern Hemisphere last summer, killing hundreds and hospitalizing thousands while intensifying destructive and deadly wildfires.

“A study published this week in the journal Earth’s Future concludes that this heat-wave epidemic ‘would not have occurred without human-induced climate change.’

“The alarming part? There are signs record-setting heat waves are beginning anew this summer — signaling, perhaps, that these exceptional and widespread heat spells are now the norm.

“Just in the past few days, blistering, abnormal heat has afflicted several parts of the Northern Hemisphere, including major population centers.

“New Delhi, India’s capital, soared to 118.4 degrees Monday, its highest temperature ever recorded in June. Some parts of India have seen the mercury eclipse 122 degrees in recent days, not far off the country’s all-time high.

“On the other side of the hemisphere, the temperature in San Francisco shot up to 100 degrees Monday, its highest temperatures ever recorded in the months of June, July or August, or this early in the calendar year. . .

“Globally, heat spread unusually far north, even up into the northern reaches of Scandinavia. Mika Rantanen, a meteorologist at the University of Helsinki, tweeted last Friday that ‘[t]here are no known cases in Finland’s climate history when it has been hotter than now so early in the summer.’ Temperatures above 86 degrees penetrated inside the Arctic Circle, he noted. . .

“Last summer, exceptional heat affected 22% of the populated and agricultural areas of the Northern Hemisphere between the months of May and July, the Earth’s Future study said. The contiguous U.S. witnessed its hottest May on record, California endured its hottest July and numerous European cities notched their highest temperatures ever recorded, while cities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa also established new heat milestones. . ."

And much more. Hit this link:

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/climate-change-intensified-last-summers-northern-hemisphere-heat-wave-and-it-may-be-starting-all-over-again/

Wednesday, June 12
Justin Hale

I know it's hard for a partisan Trump hater to admit, but it's true Tom, hypocrisy runs in all political parties. Your boy Jay is just one more in the long line of hypocrites looking for power and position at our expense.

Saturday, June 15
Tom Camfield

Governor Inslee is not "my boy," Justin, just because he's a Democrat. I have mentioned him defensively a few times when you use him as a red herring to steer my criticisms of Donald Trump onto a detour.

I"ve never actually written much about state government, except in passing—although Jay Inslee and I have common views on Global Warming and Climate Change.

Saturday, June 15