Dire climate predictions not reality on ground

info@islandpacket.comOctober 15, 2013 

I just read the story "Fighting climate change" in Sunday's newspaper.

We are told that Bill McKibben, environmentalist extraordinaire, will be here Oct. 18 to promote his beliefs -- and presumably his books -- about global warming.

"Beliefs" is the operative word here. In the story, he is quoted as saying "... there's nothing theoretical. The Arctic melted, the temperature is rising, the sea is rising, and on we go."

Really? Who knew? Perhaps McKibben should spend less time fear-mongering and more time pursuing facts. He could read the front-page story in the Sept. 25 edition of "Investor's Business Daily," complete with NASA photographs that show what is really happening. I will quote the caption to the photos, "The most recent NASA image (Aug. 15) shows an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe. Instead of seas rising to swallow places like Manhattan, 19,000 Manhattans of Arctic ice have been added in the last year, even before the autumnal refreeze. Some experts say the warming of the '80s and '90s is over, and we may be seeing a cooling trend similar to '65 to '75."

How inconvenient for McKibben. Nevertheless, I am sure he will have an answer. These folks always do. Anyone shelling out $30 to hear him should take it all with a grain of salt. Perhaps a saltshaker full.

Don Poinsette

Hilton Head Island

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