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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Here’s why I don’t believe global warming is man-made.

There is no consensus of scientists. 31,000 scientists have signed a petition stating that there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of CO2, methane or any other greenhouse gas is causing, or will cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere.

The amount of CO2 that man produces is a minuscule portion of green house gasses. Water vapor makes up 90 percent of green house gasses, followed by methane, sulfur and nitrous oxides. Of that, 4 percent is CO2, and of that 4 percent man contributes a little more than 3 percent. 3 percent of 4 percent is .12 percent and for that .12 percent we are willing to damage our economy and condemn generations to debt?

Nine thousand years of ice core temperature records and CO2 content records show that CO2 increases follow, rather than lead, atmospheric temperature changes. The ocean is the primary source of CO2, and warmer water temperatures spur the release of CO2. Temperature records of the last 5000 years show that today’s temperature is below average. Temperature fluctuations during the current 300 year readings correlate almost perfectly with fluctuations in solar activity. This correlation long predates human use of fossil fuels.

NASA satellites measuring the Earth’s atmosphere found 2008 to be the coldest year since 2000, and the 14th coldest year of the past 30 years. NASA has determined that during the time the Earth was warming, so were Mars, Pluto and Jupiter. A recent study of 246 glaciers around the world between 1946 and 1995 indicated a balance between those that are losing ice, gaining ice and remaining constant.

There is no global trend in any direction. The overall polar bear population has increased from 5,000 in the 60’s to over 25,000 today. Only two populations are in decline, and come from areas where it has been colder than average.

And the best for last – no computer model ever used to compute climate change has been able to calculate our recent past Earth temperature, though all measured data inputs were known and available ….

Joe Blanc


I am as saddened and dismayed as anyone else in this community about the vandalism Mr. Rachesky reported in his July 4 letter, “If you disagree, don’t resort to violence”. For many, the amount of damages he has incurred would be staggering, especially in these tight times. I profoundly hope the perpetrators are caught and charged immediately.

There is one thing though. In his July 4 letter, Mr. Rachesky seems to imply that the vandal(s) targeted him specifically because of what he writes in his letters to the editor of this paper. How does he know this? Did the vandal(s) leave a note?

Mr. Shroll sends in a letter on July 6 bemoaning the loss of Mr. Rachesky’s civil liberties. Are we really sure that Mr. Rachesky isn’t merely a random victim, as many others across the region who have been vandalized are? Mr. Rachesky himself, in that same July 4 letter asks, “… Anyone who knows who did this should come forward …” My own vehicle was vandalized last year, and I still don’t have a clue as to “whodunit.” It could simply be that Mr. Rachesky’s citizen’s rights (to live in peace and be free from harm), were violated, but his civil rights remain intact. Not every act of vandalism is a hate crime, or is intended to intimidate/silence the owner of the damaged property. In other words, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Again, I am sorry Mr. Rachesky suffered any damages at all and I hope he never suffers any damage in the future. But without greater, and factual information, I cannot leap to the same conclusion as Mr. Rachesky and Mr. Shroll have done.

Becky Penn

Glenwood Springs

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