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Letter: Medford resident has doubts about climate change

On May 6, the White House announced with great fan fare, and the support of major media, the results of the latest climate change assessment stating that, “climate change is here and will only worsen. Get used to more flooding, wildfires and drought, depending on where you live. CNN reported “in a ‘wake-up call,’ climate change scientists contend a new century of disasters if Americans don’t act.”

The new dire assessment ignores facts that many of the leading so called scientists had disavowed their earlier claims of global warming. The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that its evidence of 20 years of global warming was overestimated. Also other reports indicated that in the past 100 years there was no evidence of significant increase in forest fires, hurricanes, flooding, or drought portended by the new evidence of climate change.

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While highly questionable all of these claims are designed to increase your taxes and energy costs, as well as score political points with the environmental left demanding an end to fossil fuels and Gas-X for cows. With a hand on your wallet you should review what the “Washington Post” reported on the subject:

“The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from consulate, at Bergen, Norway.

Reports from fishermen, seal hunters, and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.

Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well-known glaciers have entirely disappeared.

Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds. Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt, the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable.”

Of course it should be noted that this article was published by the “Washington Post” 90 years ago on Nov. 2, 1922. Life goes on and nothing seems to change with scientists and politicians!

Marion Eggleton


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