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Another climate change denier with his head in the sand

Another climate change denier with his head in the sand

*Another climate change denier with his head in the sand *Motorists must slow down around schools *U

Another climate change denier with his head in the sand

In an Aug. 26 letter, Vito Spinelli sent yet another shot across the bow of climate change science, evidence, and reason. Typical of many climate change deniers, he trots out the same old largely false or irrelevant claims.

Scientists in the 1970s were warning of an ice age? Well, a number of scientific papers considered the warming effects of CO2 [carbon dioxide] and the cooling effects of aerosols from fossil-fuel burning. Others looked at the extremely long-term pacesetters of the ice ages. The general consensus at that time, however, was that too little was known to make firm predictions for the next century. We know a lot more now.

A section of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report “proved to be fraudulent?” That refers to a two-sentence goof on melting Himalayan glaciers. In a report thousands of pages long, with hundreds of contributing authors, it’s not surprising some things slipped through the cracks. It was acknowledged as wrong immediately after the flaw was discovered. What fraud?

New icebreakers? For the United States, at least, reports on the aging of and mechanical problems in our icebreaker fleet have been widespread. A look at the wide range of U.S. icebreaker missions shows that “all they need to do is wait for the Arctic ice cap to melt. . .” is not a sensible policy.

Wind farms kill birds and elicit “not a peep out of any environmental group . . .”? Nonsense, as articles in this very paper have repeatedly shown.

And so on. The consensus of climate scientists, who do the actual work, is that temperatures are rising, glaciers and sea ice are melting, sea level is rising, and fossil-fuel burning and some other human activities are largely responsible. That’s not hubris, it’s just what the data show.

For those who are interested in the real world and in learning new things, a good place to start is realclimate.org, where actual climate scientists present and discuss their own work.

Kurt Hollocher

Schenectady

The writer is a member of the Geology Department at Union College.

Motorists must slow down around schools

As we are nearing another school year, my attention to school zone speeding is once again my concern.

Being a crossing guard in Schenectady, and having to dodge speeding cars while trying to safely cross our children, is unacceptable.

Numerous complaints to appropriate agencies complaining of under-funding and understaffing is frustrating. Many parents wonder why Curry Road by Mohonasen School or the Department of Social Services building on lower Broadway get blinking lights to warn motorists, but we get silence.

Speed cameras, which require just a setup cost and provide a steady stream of cash to city coffers, were shot down as illegal by Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett but, as your paper reported Aug. 27, are being used in New York City.

My question to lawmakers (who like me have witnessed speeding through intersections): Are we waiting for a kid to get hurt or killed before we act (as they did in front of the Elmer Ave. School in 2007)?

I am appalled at the lack of concern by local lawmakers, who apparently have no kids in school.

Howard Goldstein

Schenectady

United States needn’t always be ‘first in war’

Here we war again!

I can understand the atrocity of chemical warfare, but, once again, why do we have to be the world police? No wonder other countries think we are the aggressors. They do not see us as trying to help defenseless women and children, they see us as a totally military force.

Why can’t we wait for other countries to agree that, in fact, chemicals were used and join us? Why do we have to be the first to have battleships already there? Why can’t we wait for more United Nations intervention?

There will never be peace in the Middle East, there will never be a democracy as we know it in the Middle East. We have had our fill of wars there! Get us home, concentrate on our problems here and solve them before showing force somewhere in the world.

Save the billions we give to unappreciative nations, like Egypt, and feed the poor here, help house those who are still devastated from storms in New Orleans and New Jersey.

Stop the undeniable bickering between parties and make us a nation that is looked up to, not a nation ready to war but a nation strong in our freedoms.

Vincent F. Carelli

Amsterdam

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