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Tuesday, April 21
Re: “Evidence of global warming all around us,” letter to the editor, April 9.
Editor:
Mike MacDonald has once again posted a letter to the editor, this time repeating climate change talking points from MSNBC. He claims that 97 percent of scientists agree, that “manmade climate change is occurring.” This simply is not true. There are thousands who do not believe it. Much of the evidence, originally posted by East Anglia College and accepted as truth by the UN, turned out to be falsified. Grants from government and environmental organizations may influence research and can lead to a skewed result that manmade climate change is occurring. The real truth is that the jury is still out and nothing has been proven.

There is certainly not enough evidence to justify raising taxes, energy costs and increasing regulation while destroying our fragile economy simply because some alarmists says so. Manmade climate change is a theory, not a proven fact. Einstein posited the theory of relativity, not the fact of relativity. Science is not determined by consensus; it is determined by proven facts. One scientist can be right and a hundred can be wrong. For every scientific success there have been far more failures.

MacDonald cites Hurricane Sandy, drought in California and other such recent events as evidence. There is a huge area in British Columbia near lower Alaska that today is desolate and barren, with miles of crushed rock and stunted trees. The area was covered by a glacier millions of years ago that at some time had receded. Was this caused by climate change? Maybe, but it wasn’t manmade for man had yet to appear on earth.

We know that the dust bowl drought of the 1930s was followed by years of normal rainfall. These events have been occurring far longer than man has recorded history and climate. The hurricanes that sank Spanish galleons off Florida’s coast, for example, occurred many times and long before the Industrial Revolution.
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Tuesday, April 14
Editor:
In his letter to the editor, April 9, Mike MacDonald asserts with apparent delusional authority that the issue is not about global warming, but about climate change.

The issue/topic is the same, but the nomenclature has been changed. Why? Because the fanatics who bought into the fallacy of global warming came to realize that every prediction of the global warming fraud has been proven false. The reasons are simple: the core foundations of these predictions were based on 73 climate models, which we now know were based on false global warming theories rather than factual data. All 73 of those models have now been totally discredited by the actual data, with no measureable change in climate in the past 18 years. As reported in Environment & Climate News, “The US Historical Climatology Network thermometers, which have been measuring U.S. temperatures since the 1890s, show no long term trend in U.S. temperatures.”

Further, Space and Science Research Corporation chief, John Casey has stated, “There is overwhelming evidence that global warming no longer exists and that the use of CO2 and the greenhouse gas theory by the UN and our own government represents what I and other scientists believe is the greatest scientific fraud in history.” Oops! The truth is out. It ain’t getting hotter! Better change the name to “climate change.” That covers all bases. But wait regardless of what it’s called, it’s based on the greenhouse gas theory that scientists now call a giant fraud! And the absurd “97 percent consensus” claim (97 percent of all scientists support claims of global warming/climate change) is as phony as the original data used to create the wildly incorrect climate models. And as reported in a recent article of the New American, the 97 percent consensus is “ a monumental lie not even remotely based on reality.”

The natural disasters cited by Mr. MacDonald are exactly that, natural disasters, and are accurately known as “weather.” Weather is cyclical, and the recent phenomena are typical in similar cycles/events throughout our climate history. Only our present extensive 24/7/365 media coverage gives the false impression that today’s experiences are unique in weather history. The religious-like fanaticisms of the “warmists” blind them to the realities of weather cycles. Instead, they believe they can keep the lie alive simply by changing the name.  In the ’70s an impending ice-age was all the rage!  By the ’90’s it was global warming. Now, since both cooling and warming climate fear mongering have proven false, it’s climate change. Of course! Hey Mike, ever heard the expression, “If you don’t like the weather just wait a day, it’ll change.” That’s what weather has done for as long as earth has existed. It changes. That’s a fact! So what’s new?
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Tuesday, April 7
Editor:
We have been wintering in Indian Rocks Beach for 10 years now and this is our most used route for getting to our cottage near the beach. Yes, Gulf Boulevard can get very busy and congested especially in March. A tee junction may just add to the problem. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The proposed rerouting project is going to cost a bundle, which could perhaps be avoided by trying a much cheaper alternative. How about putting signs to remind drivers that pedestrians have the right of way at intersections, certainly when the walk light is active? A simple sign is suggested: “Yield to pedestrians.”

Some people are careless, some are stupid, but these traits are almost impossible to cure. What is really a dangerous road design is the newly built roundabout on Indian Rocks Road. Never have we seen a pedestrian crosswalk at the exit (or entrance) to a roundabout.

Thanks Beach Bee; we like your newspaper and find it in many ways superior to The Tampa Bay Times.
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Re: “More serious worries than global warming,” letter to the editor, April 2
Editor:
What is happening to Earth is not about “global warming” despite Sen. James Inhofe’s clownish act of a Senate snowball: it is about climate change.

It is foolish to ignore 97 percent of the world’s scientists who endorse climate change, which has been reported by prestigious publications like National Geographic, not to mention every conservation group, and hosts of others around the world.

The evidence is all around us every day: Hurricane Sandy; 7 feet of snow in Boston; drastic water shortage in California; acidified, warming and rising oceans; high tides in the streets of Miami Beach (five South Florida counties working to mitigate climate change); calving ice sheets and melting glaciers; increasing loss of plants; species migration; the impacts go on and on.

“Belief in climate change is optional, but participation is mandatory.” - Jim Beever. Especially if one lives on barrier islands or along coasts. It is already happening despite denial. Hear those crazy noises in your head? Turn off Fox News!
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Tuesday, March 31
Editor:
Every tax-paying citizen should read the letter published March 19 from James Bowers of Seminole. Our government’s efforts to raise taxes and impose more restrictions based on “global warming” and “rising seas” is deplorable, and should be exposed for the farce that it is.

As a lifelong resident of both the east (St. Augustine) and west (Treasure Island), coasts, I’ll admit to some concern when I recently read an account of changes in the Arctic. The article went into great detail about “melting icebergs, retreating glaciers, and accounts of native fishermen and seal hunters having to move much farther northward, due to giant schools of fish and marine mammals, including whales, re-locating, due to the change in conditions!”

I felt reassured, however, when I reached the conclusion of the alarming article. It was published in leading newspapers of the time and carried by the Associated Press in 1922 95 years ago!

As we see and read of record snowfall (even on the first day of spring), I think we have many more serious worries and dangers facing our country, namely treaties with enemies who have not the slightest intention of honoring them! Will we never learn from past history?
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Tuesday, March 24
Editor:
Gulf Boulevard use to be a major north-south artery. After center islands were put in the roadway in Indian Rocks Beach, a dear friend who grew up on these beaches told me, “Watch what this road turns into.” She was the local historian, as we drove up and down the beaches, of what was what and where and when in the 1950s and ’60s. Her prediction has come to fruition.

Those center islands are distracting. Service trucks and construction trailers are parked in the middle turn lanes to unload. Flashing crosswalks stop vehicles, sometimes just yards from a stoplight, confusingly flashing long after the pedestrians have vacated the walkway. Other beach goers and restaurant/bar patrons cross anywhere they want anyway.

There are bicycle lanes, trolley stops, bridges opening and closing lost on the barrier island. The fish mile markers, which are a good concept, are too small. The myriad of distracting signs includes for sale, for rent, candidates for office, businesses and municipal buildings. Then there’s Florida’s only resource, tourists from every state of this union, every province in Canada and communities worldwide with obvious different driving patterns. And gawkers!

To top it off, Treasure Island, during this unusually busy tourist season, feels the need to blacktop their portion of Gulf Boulevard. I’m sure this is scheduled now because there is too much snow at other times.
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Tuesday, March 17
Editor:
Human beings are not as dumb as we often seem. We are dumber!

If that statement fails to provoke the reader to explore its implications, then I have proven my point.

To illustrate, we are the only species in the history of the planet gifted with an intellect, yet one must wonder what other members of the animal world would think of us, had any others been so gifted.

Our progress in applying this remarkable talent to make this earth a better place than when we found it is marked by our abject failure to do so.
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Editor:
The recent syndicated column Debra Saunders published in the Beacon was the first time I have read anyone or either side of the global warming controversy state what the drive force is.

I happen to have a doctor of science degree from Washington University, although that is not necessary to see through this farce. However, having taught at three major universities did put me in position to see how and why these driving forces originate and thrive.

Professor must publish or perish. Therefore, they write proposals based upon what the in-crowd wants to hear. So, if the government propagandists are pushing global warming for their own unrelated political reasons, then of course most of the professors will be singing the same tune, as they laugh behind their backs.

I saw all of this first hand less than 40 years ago, when much of the media were pushing global cooling. Stories exclaiming that we were entering the next ice age were common - so at that time many of the professors’ proposals were written to verify this weather trend. Amazing how we quickly forget.
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