Letter to the Editor

Already warming

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dear Editor,

While it makes a good opening for an article on the findings of climate scientists, "things are about to start heating up" is a pretty misleading sentence (Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, "Panel: Climate changes threaten Nebraska's water resources"). The mercury's been rising for quite a while now, as witness this single statistic: July 2012 was the 329th consecutive month to exceed the global average temperature for the twentieth century. While this increase is bad news for us all, we can still make it worse -- by rejecting the reality of global warming, and by blocking action until catastrophic consequences are unavoidable.

It's impossible to imagine a more cynical and destructive approach to governance than the deny-and-delay strategy that is the modus operandi of conservative politicians when it comes to addressing the climate crisis. Self-styled "deficit hawks" who claim that reducing our greenhouse emissions would be prohibitively expensive are essentially telling us that prevention costs more than cure -- a notion both logically absurd and morally bankrupt.

We cannot afford further inaction on climate change.

Warren Senders

Medford, Mass.

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    Good Heavens!! We have been seeing warming and cooling periods on this earth for ages.

    As late as the 1970's scientists were warning us of global cooling. Obviously since the latest ice age we have had a warming trend but that hardly could be blamed on mankind.

    There are so many factors that contribute to global warming that to blame it all on mankind is incredulous.

    -- Posted by ksfarmer on Thu, Oct 18, 2012, at 8:44 PM
  • If you are really concerned with global warming a global effort would be the most logical solution. "Reducing our greenhouse emissions" would do nothing but handicap U.S. business in the global marketplace and therefore degrade our global influence. In the long-run, hurting the cause you pretend to champion Mr. Senders.

    -- Posted by Bruce Baker on Mon, Oct 22, 2012, at 9:33 AM
  • July was also the 864th consecutive month of positive upwards adjustment to the U.S. temperature record by NOAA/NCDC.


    Please try to have more honest statements in future letters Mr. Senders.

    Very misleading to say the least.

    -- Posted by Husker23 on Mon, Oct 22, 2012, at 10:30 PM
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