To the Editor:
A few weeks back Tom West’s column about the “Winter Misery Index” contained a statement about global warming and that he was looking forward to its return.
This demonstrates that he doesn’t grasp the concept, or the implications of this serious subject.
Two weeks ago NOAA released a map showing what the average temperatures have been this past winter and just as the meteorologists have been telling us, the Pacific Ocean by Malaysia/Indonesia and the gulf of Alaska have set new record warm temperatures. This has caused the jet-stream to go north of where it normally is in winter, consequently keeping California dry and our region colder just as we’ve been told by reputable scientists all winter. This also proves their hypothesis that temperature extremes will be part of the phenomena as it progresses.
Burning fossil fuels releases carbon into the atmosphere that the earth sequestered into the ground millions of years ago. Carbon creates a greenhouse effect which is the cause of global warming. Carbon gases were proven to have this ability over 150 years ago.
Global warming hasn’t gone away. On the contrary, it’s doing what has been predicted. — Bruce F. Retka, Royalton