If Joe V. Ratliff suspects that “if any” global warming is occurring [DRC, Aug. 9], would he be willing to provide evidence that it may not be with the preponderance of climate science that affirms it is?
Would he also be willing to provide arguments to support his notion that some facts “are actually in question?” I would be happy to play the devil’s advocate to his view that there is no need to panic.
The single fact he puts out there to support his doubts about man-made global warming falls seriously short of the depth of knowledge available to us today.
It’s true, as Mr. Ratliff informs us, that “global warming and cooling have been occurring since long ages before there were people.”
But missing in his limited information is that an abundance of data from highly advanced technology and improved models used by specialists today who study this phenomena, now verify that the rate of change for global warming has never occurred faster than it has over the last 250 years — the time period that mankind has been spewing CO2 into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels.
Furthermore, we know this increased CO2 is the result of fossil fuels burned because they have a different isotope number than CO2 coming from natural photosynthesis.
I think I’ll take my chances with legitimate authorities on this issue rather than someone whose information is severely limited. We needn’t fear all knowledge. Just those who don’t know how to use it.
Help when we can
I am writing to one single point of view: the community of the United States.
I think we all have a “commitment to community.” (Note: This is the “herd instinct” — it is in our genes, or in some of us, I guess.)
A commitment to help when we can with work, money and whatever it takes for the benefit of everyone, including the poor, sick, elderly, those needing health care (not just veterans, but everyone).
I think much has developed along these lines, especially since the years of FDR by giving more responsibility to the national government.
I think that those who would limit that power are dead wrong. The power we need to limit is that of the super PACs and those powerful banks, especially those who took stimulus grants. People of wealth should willingly give more to the cause and I hope they will. However, I think that they should be required to pay a more fair share in taxes.
As a school teacher of 30 years and a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and 11 years in the active reserve, Democrat (the party always, voting first for Harry Truman in 1948), I am a loyal, patriotic American wishing us all well.
Many of our civilian citizens did not agree with the Bush administration and wanted a change. This change came to our nation through a smooth-speaking individual, and he was elected president.
We did not know anything about him, but over the past 3.8 years, we have learned. We have let this individual almost destroy our government, politically and financially.
He does not respect or want our military and is working to lower our standard to a Third World military.
We are now with less than 100 days remaining before we are capable of making another change. It is time to ignore the many lies being told by some in this current administration trying to keep this president in his position. Regardless of your political party, consider our country and future.
Now is the time for a change with someone that we know is American and with American knowledge to work toward saving our country.
I ask you to think hard and consider voting in November to improve our country so we can have a future for ourselves and our children.