Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 26, 2013

Letter to the Editor: Doubts global warming

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — The climate change forum (Feb. 24) is scary. However, arbitrarily cherry-picking a short time period (“as observed over the past decade”) is inappropriate when a hundred-year history is readily available.

Lake Michigan levels have been continuously monitored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 1918. For instance, there was a five-foot water level drop from 1918 to 1926 and a subsequent recovery; other four- and five-foot drops from 1929 to 1934; 1952 to 1959, 1986 to 1990, and the present drop since 1997.

It’s hard to believe that the present drop is due to global warming or climate change, whereas the other drops since 1918 are due to Mother Nature. “Climate change is taking our water” needs to be revisited.

On a similar note, most people should know by now that global warming officially ended 16 years ago as was reluctantly admitted by the U.N. IPCC and by the British Meteorological Office.

Some claim the yearly increase in carbon dioxide from 1978 to 1998 (again, a cherry-picked period of time) caused the globe to warm. However, the same yearly increase in carbon dioxide (about two ppm) since 1998 has caused no warming. How can this be?

Tom Moore

Traverse City