Editor,

I would like to bring attention to my neighbors that we are possibly enjoying the coolest year of the rest of our lives. Water shortages, heat domes, farming and fishing disruptions are only going to become more commonplace. It doesn’t have to be, it must not be the world we leave to the young. We must change the direction of our country now before we create the heat of our own hell.

David Brubaker

San Bruno

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(7) comments

edkahl

The Pacific Oscillation caused the same heat waves and droughts we're having now as it did in the 1970s and over the last 10,000 years. Current levels of CO2 and temperatures are by far the lowest in 600,000 years. Experiments by solar physicists at CERN show the Sun’s cycles control our climate. Science shows that higher levels of CO2 trap less heat because existing CO2 levels already trap most of the Sun’s heat causing waves. Increased CO2 has beneficially greened the earth as seen from space since the 1960s.

Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace, said the CO2 levels were so low in the Little Ice Age in the 1500s, that it dangerously reduced plant growth causing millions to starve to death in Europe. We are not in a climate crisis and our technology will soon eliminate fossil fuel use when efficient battery storage makes green energy less expensive.

ellynjd

The CERN experiment only tested one-third of one out of four requirements to blame global warming on cosmic rays. At least two of the other requirements (strengthening solar magnetic field, fewer cosmic rays reaching Earth) have not been met over the past 50 years. The lead scientist in the CERN CLOUD experiment explicitly stated that the experiment "actually says nothing about a possible cosmic-ray effect on clouds and climate." Many other studies have concluded that cosmic rays play a minor role in cloud formation, and have not contributed in any significant way to the global warming over the past 50 years.

Terence Y

Mr. Brubaker – if people believe in this man-made global warming thing, then yes, they should change their direction. Unfortunately, the li'l old USA can’t go it alone so instead of trying to just guilt Americans, you may want to change the direction of the world, especially China, Africa, and India. Until then, the li'l old USA won’t make much of a dent.

D Gilbrech

Mr. Y, Any dent is better than NO dent. We as a Country can be the leader that brings the rest of the world to a better day.

I notice that most of your comments have to do with your wallet and not the well being of humanity.

We can either be leaders or followers.

Terence Y

Mr. Gilbrech - thanks for your comment. I like your optimism and that you think this country, currently, is a leader. Unfortunately, your thought of America as a leader may not be shared by the countries I mentioned, especially China. These growing countries are not going to reduce their energy needs in their march to industrialization just because the li’l old USA wants them to reduce emissions. Of course we could try and pay them, but that would only go so far and at what final cost? Probably not enough to make a dent.

Since Mr. Brubaker isn’t providing any alternatives or ideas, maybe you could provide a few examples of what you or like-minded folks are doing to reduce their carbon footprint. Are you and your family and friends refraining from using the thousands of products that use petroleum in their manufacture? If so, what alternatives are available and since I’m wallet-conscious, what are the associated costs? What’s your stance on nuclear power as a replacement for “dirty” power? How about CA’s mismanagement of forest fires that canceled out a majority, if not all, carbon conservation efforts in the past year? How about companies appearing to be environmentally responsible by buying carbon credits? But which allow them to pollute as much as they want as long as a few new trees are planted in a forest somewhere on Earth? If somebody becomes a leader and starts providing viable solutions, I’ll listen to them. As long as it doesn’t adversely affect my wallet, I’m happy to try alternatives. If I buy a few carbon credits, will that make you feel I care about the well-being of humanity? I still have a few Biden bucks left over.

D Gilbrech

Mr. Y, I would love to share my comments listed above with you. But before I do, I would like to know your full last name. Not just a "Y".

Terence Y

Mr. Gilbrech - I don’t mind if people don’t stand on ceremony. Please call me Terence. I look forward to your comments.

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