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Vail Daily staff
Vail, CO, Colorado

Wrong name, and we helped

I have a correction for the article in a recent edition about new construction in Intermountain called “Larkspur Lane humming with construction.”

The builder quoted many times in the article is Dave Hilb, not Dave Hill. This may have been confusing for some as Dave Hilb is well known in Vail as a developer and builder of high quality homes and has been for years.



And since I have the opportunity to set the record straight, I would like to mention that my architecture firm Martn Manley Architects is the firm involved in both projects pictured in the article and we are proud to be part of the uptick in construction in various neighborhoods of Vail.

John G. Martin Eagle

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Just spewing, from what I can tell

People are entitled to believe what they wish. However, it would be prudent to know some facts before you decide. No matter what you believe about humans causing global warming, please don’t believe everything you read, including this letter. Find out for yourself.

In Friday’s letter, Mr. Ron Wilkerson states that one volcano has spewed more CO2 in a year than humans have since our existence. Please research this information and you will find out that this is just sensationalism.



According to the USGS (unbiased scientific research) indeed humans release far more CO2 in a year than all of the volcanoes combined. We’re just talking about CO2, not all greenhouse gases. Just Google it.

I can’t say for certain how we humans are affecting the Earth’s climate, but in this and any debate it is extremely important to learn all you can from a variety of sources before forming an opinion. Doing otherwise leads to opposing opinions that lack foundations and just spreads ignorance.

Tom Thompson Gypsum

It’s sun spots, not man

If it were not for Al Gore, there would may not have been so many researching the truth about global warming. However, scientists around the world have blindly bought into the IPCC models that exclude sunspot activity as an influence on our climate.

This is even reflected in our science magazines. If one goes against this “religion” this individuals is labeled rather badly, even by Mr. Gore, who has financially gained from man-made global warming philosophy. I call it a philosophy, for it blocks all of the sciences.

Let’s start over with the Milankovitch Cycles, which have also been discredited by the man-made global warming alarmists, but available on line and in most ice ageand glacier textbooks. The earth is slightly out of perfect orbit, wobbles a bit and the polar regions flip from time to time.

The missing element is sunspot activity, and that began to pick up in 1700. The next two centuries were weaker than the 20th century.

Sunspot activity should receive the credit for putting an end to the mini-Ice Age. What people don’t know is the Glacier Bay glacier began to melt sometime in the 1700s.

Up till then, it extended out to sea and. Now, it is back to the headwaters. That should be credited to 300 years of some type of normal sunspot activity.

The 20th century also had modern science for measurements. But even then, key items were observed not by scientists but the people who came before the scientists. The first study of artifacts began in the early 1800s. The first ice agestudies began about the time of Darwin and one noted British subject, Sir Richard Gregory, noted that Lake Victoria’s water levels matched sunspot activity.

His chart can be found in “Through Space and Time,” by Sir James Jeans of the Royal Society.

What we need to understand is that we are in a fine line between global warming and global cooling. Each century dictates which way we are going.

We are now in a solar sunspot minimum and it is roughly as strong as the two at the start of the 1700s and 1800s. What will it erase and what will it grow?

We already see a downward trend in hurricane activity. Our winters are picking up strength.

For those who say I am lying, people are now skiing year round in the Alps, which was not true just a few years ago. Some glaciers are showing growth.

Another common feature of the lack of sunspot activity is the lost of upper atmosphere humidity and that brings on drought, which kicks up dust and springs forth heavy rains and floods. Millions are affected worldwide due to the drop of sunspot activity per Sir Gregory’s work.

In summary, we only left the last ice agesome 10,000 years ago and according to true science, about 10,000 yeas from now, the Earth begins a slide into the next. We need to work past this hoax.

Paul Pierett Auburndale, Fla.

We don’t know, period

Regarding global warming and the comments by Mr. Glasser, I appreciate his concern. However, there are a couple of problems with his analysis.

1. I don’t believe anybody predicted anything about this summer. The only predictions were that it is getting warmer. However, and how quick we forget, last winter was one of the coldest on record.

Truth: annual weather and global climate change are not related. For deniers to say that last winter was proof of anything has no more validity than supporters saying a hot summer is proof of anything.

2. There is no such thing as scientific consensus. This has been proven time and time again. In fact, the concept itself is extremely unscientific.

3. Today’s scientists are essentially the priest class of the modern era. This is especially true of those scientists who hold influential positions in the numerous scientific bodies that exist to assure proper government funding for their scientists.

4. It’s the mavericks we should be paying attention to. They are the ones searching for the truth, while the rest spend there time trying to spin their proposals so they will be funded by government agencies with their own agendas.

5. Finally, the models are not predictive and do not include critical data; i.e., the relationship between sunspot activity and climate change, the temperature and tree ring data are suspect, and there is a good chance that some of the rise in CO2 is due to warming seas, rather than visa versa.

There will climate change, but currently there is no compelling evidence that humanity’s actions are having a significant effect.

The knowledge is too immature to be making major policy decisions.

Brad Fregger Austin, Texas

No, these are the facts

Ron Wilkerson’s letter regarding global warming (Sept. 16) was extremely misleading.

Wilkerson states that the Earth has cooled by 0.07 degrees in the last hundred years. In fact, the average global surface temperature has risen by 1 degree (F) in the last century.

Wilkerson points out that carbon dioxide is a very small proportion of the atmosphere, which it is. However, the vast preponderance of gases in the atmosphere, (nitrogen, oxygen and argon) do not reradiate heat. If the atmosphere were composed entirely of those gases (nitrogen, oxygen, argon) with none of the greenhouse gases (water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, etc.), the Earth would be an iceball.

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, though small, is critical.

Why would someone jump to the conclusion that we can significantly increase them without affecting the earth’s climate?

Wilkerson’s implies that volcanoes are emitting more carbon dioxide than people. In fact, humans are contributing around 35 gigatons of extra carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year, and the total global contribution of volcanoes averages around 0.26 gigatons per year.

Volcanoes spew out other greenhouse gases besides carbon dioxide (mostly water vapor) but those clear out of the atmosphere much more quickly than carbon dioxide does.

Wilkerson’s charge that scientists at the University of East Anglia (Hadley) Climactic Research Center covered up or falsified data has been debunked by multiple investigators. The “hide the decline” phrase in an email was referring to the width of tree rings, not temperatures, and is completely taken out of context.

Thinking that the position taken by 90-plus percent of the world’s atmospheric scientists needs to be considered seriously is not “hysteria.”

Ron Wilkerson’s idea that scientific research results worldwide are controlled by some multi-government conspiracy is jaw-dropping paranoia.

Cynthia Lepthien Eagle


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