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What do you think?

August 06, 2006

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week's poll question was: Do you think the heat wave is related to global warming?

Ah, the pleasure of a narrow world view. Up here in Alaska, we've scarcely had a summer - the weather has been abnormally cold, rainy and cloudy. I visited South Africa this summer, and the weather there was also abnormally cold and cloudy. I also grew up on the East Coast, and my memories of late July and early August are filled with thoughts of lying in bed without air conditioning sweating like a pig listening to the katydids in sweltering 90+ degree air. The fact is that there is more carbon dioxide in the air since 1800. What that means remains to be seen. Hot summers are normal. Neither your summer nor my summer here in Alaska can be reasonably seen as an example of long-term change. Of course, if you want to panic, use the weather as an excuse to hate capitalism or your culture, or just wring your hands, go ahead.

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There have been weather and environmental cycles for millions of years. So the earth is warming ... or the earth is cooling. SO WHAT if Al Gore thinks it's our fault or that we can stop it. Why doesn't he get a real job and leave the rest of us alone to enjoy life?




From what I gather from reading and watching programs on this topic, I think the general consensus is that IF global warming DOES exist, any kind of effort to reverse it on our part won't actually do any good within our lifetimes anyway. If it does exist, it's been thousands of years in the making. We aren't going to be able to reverse it in a decade.




I voted Global Warming is a myth. I will however change my vote if it is this HOT in December.




I think it was the Discovery Channel that had a program about it. It is happening, at a blazing speed of 2 degrees every 100 years. So on this date 100 years from now, it'll be 102 degrees instead of the comfy 100 we have today.

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