Vail Daily letter: Sky is not falling |

Vail Daily letter: Sky is not falling

Ron Wilkerson
Edwards, CO Colorado

The letter to the editor Mr. Glasser wrote to the Vail Daily left out some important facts related to global warming. I’m here to contribute to the conversation.

This evil carbon dioxide that we are concentrating on to suppress is the chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and synthesizes into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.

According to historical weather records from the past 100 years, they indicate the earth has cooled .07 degrees – interpret that as you wish.

When the volcano eruption in Iceland occurred some months ago, in just four days of spewing CO2 it negated every single effort you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on the planet.

If you liked that, you’ll love this. When Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race has emitted in its entire years on earth.

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Should I mention there are over 200 active volcanoes on the planet? Let’s skip over the solar and cosmic activity that impacts our atmosphere daily.

Data collected from Mauna Loa Observatory (1958 to 2006) by the Scripps Institution indicates 30 billion tons of carbon emissions spew into the atmosphere yearly.

The atmosphere weights 5 quadrillion tons. Even 30 billion tons is insignificant when you consider these numbers; however -illion words are hard to comprehend. Therefore lets look at it by ppm (parts per million). Current concentrations of carbon dioxide are 380 ppm, which of course means that for every million molecules of air, 380 of them are carbon dioxide; or, for every 100,000 molecules, 38 of them are carbon dioxide. This tiny fraction scientists would refer to as “a trace gas.” The rate chart (which you cannot view here) shows mankind adds one molecule of carbon dioxide to every 100,000 molecules of air every five years.

Does anyone remember two years ago sensitive documents were lifted and published online after hackers infiltrated the Hadley Climate Research Center in Great Britain? Thousands of documents, including emails from climate scientists dating back a decade, were posted online. Hadley confirmed they were genuine, showed scientists discussing the cover up of cooling global temperatures, and making references to things like “hiding the decline.” Of course, this did not stay in the news cycle long.

The sky is not falling. Hysteria is leading to bad politics and poor scientific decisions. The majority of funds for climate research is provided by the federal government and outcomes are predetermined. Relevant facts are ignored.

This is a classic example of you come along to get along – you want your funding to continue, you need to submit the correct results that you know are required. As usual, this is all about power and, of course, an additional method to control our behavior and collect money (which, by the way, affects poor people considerably more than the rich). Look for carbon emissions taxes to be collected from your home and automobile in the near future. It’s a done deal, and legislation is ready to go forward after the next election, depending on who wins!

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