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Global warming: Ed Mann replies

To the editor: I respond here to my twin pro-global warming critics who attacked me in print in last weeks Addison Eagle. To Peter Macfarlane: There is nothing plausible about your scenario. It doesnt correspond to known facts. I excerpt the following: A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which is run by Al Gores chief scientific ally, Dr. James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record. This was startling. So what explained the anomaly? Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running. Heres the website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/11/16/do1610.xml. Yet last week's episode is far from the first time NASAs Hansen's methodology has been called in question. In 2007 he was forced by Mr. Watts and Mr. McIntyre to revise his published figures for U.S. surface temperatures, to show that the hottest decade of the 20th century was not the 1990s, as he had claimed, but the 1930s. Another of his close allies is Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC... (a former railway engineer with no qualifications in climate science). This is so much a Three Stooges-type comedy that one cannot make this stuff up. Mr. Macfarlane, do you really believe this stuff? As to your question of sustainability, why not cut your personal consumption by half each day? Perpetuity and cash savings await you; contribute these accumulations to the social net. Every one is a winner! To Steve Reynolds: Which media energy expert asserted that were running out of oil? What are his/her credentials? Is it some OPEC member yearning to get oil prices back into the stratosphere again? Copper prices are plunging like meteors in the sky; recycled metals are utilized everywhere. So, what is this were out of cheap copper? The price went up with the market and came down with the market. (There seems to be a superfluity of cheap houses now, too.) What we do have is an excess of folks caught in the beanie baby, dot.com, baseball cards, and now the house-flipping and carbon-credits schemes. The slicks got in, boosted the prices; the suckers bought in and the slicks got out. Pure Barnum, you will always get rich betting on human cupidity and stupidity. The dodo is gone, so is the passenger pigeon, and the moa bird. Gone, too, is National Socialism, Stalin, FDR, Bush, Hoover, Carter, Mussolini, dinosaurs, polio, LBJ, sabertooth tigers, Nixon and smallpox. Do you really want to resurrect them? Via sustainability, we still have Mugabe, malaria, Putin, socialism, dengue fever, Castro, politicians, Ebola and people who want to legislate a Nanny State. This list enumerates the virulent forms of pestilence that the world better eliminate. Sustainability doesnt lead to poverty, it is the lifestyle of poverty. Predicated on the belief that nothing is replaceable, we will use up everything or wear it away. (There isnt very much, so use very little.) Perhaps you prefer the word paucity instead of poverty? If that is true then the creationists are correctthe world is only 6,000 years old and is good for another 325 years, plus or minus five months. Dont buy any extended warranties. Let me know when all the environmental leaders are leading the scrimping life: Al the Gorbot, the Hollyweird elite, U.S. Sen. John Edwards, the Oracle of Ripton, Vt., and any others I may have missed. Meanwhile you live as they say and not as they do. Not me! Ed Mann Waltham

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