Letters to the Editor 06-17-17

Dan Berger’s column (Viewpoint, June 8) denied that contrarian climate scientists were blocked from journals. But the extensive Climategate emails showed top climate scientists conspiring to threaten journals with no access to their future articles if they published certain skeptic articles.
Dr. Berger wrote that some study claimed skeptics’ papers contradicted basic physics or were weak on data analysis or other methodology. Funny, that sounds like alarmist studies, like the infamous Hockey Stick by Michael Mann, which reconstructed world average temperatures of the last millennium to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period when the climate was apparently about as warm as now.
The UN’s IPCC loved and highlighted it, but later abandoned it. Statistician Steve McIntyre looked into it and concluded the study’s statistics were faulty. A scientific panel concluded that while recent temperatures were the warmest in the past few centuries, they had “much less confidence” that they were the warmest in 1,000 years.
Even more glaring was NOAA’s recent re-computation of the temperatures of the past two decades, to show global warming had not slowed, which adjusted the latest buoy sea surface temperature readings to conform to earlier heat-biased shipboard readings. Dr. Berger admits there is debate about the size of CO2’s effect, describing Dr. Richard Lindzen’s position that it is quite small as being on the “far rim of respectable.”
But CO2 in the air has continued rising steadily for decades, while the uptrend in temperature seen from 1975 greatly diminished since 1998. 2016 did edge out 1998 as the warmest year ever “” by a whopping 0.02 degrees, due to a stronger 2016 El Nino. This is clear evidence of a minor warming effect of CO2.
Climate models claiming a stronger effect have been spectacularly overheated compared to the actual small warming.
Berger decries Trump’s “withdrawal” from the Paris Accord. But the United States was not, constitutionally speaking, a part of that treaty since the Senate had not ratified it, as it must for the U.S. to be party to a treaty.
Obama signed it and was going to use regulations to enforce it, unconstitutionally. Trump simply would not do that.
Ralph Mullinger

I took my brother to a movie in Bluffton last week. We arrived a bit early and took a walk along their Main Street.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to stroll the walk in this small town as compared to attempting to stroll our own Main Street in Findlay.
They have benches such as ours, but they are located against the building fronts. Ours are squarely in the middle of the walk.
They do have a restaurant with outdoor seating but it does not infringe on the walk, with fence, planters and other obstructions, not even a sandwich board sign.
I also noted that they have no trees to dodge as you attempt to walk or leave your car parked along the curb.
I full well realize that we are a growing city and are attempting to make our downtown a showplace. But is it necessary to clutter up our walks and make it difficult for able-bodied people to enjoy them, not to mention how the clutter affects those with mobility or sight issues?
Please, Findlay, bring back our walk.
Don Kinn

Last week I was privileged to be the operator of Nana Camp for my 7-year-old granddaughter.
Her time in Findlay was so enhanced by the Summer Read program at the Findlay-Hancock County Library. From the time she registered and received an age-appropriate book of her own, choosing through programs and playtime, she (and consequently I) had a wonderful time.
We were fortunate enough to attend the “Exotic Zoo” where she saw and learned about so many animals, even getting to pet a chinchilla and 55-pound tortoise!
A real treat later in the week was getting to read to Gibbs, a laid-back golden retriever. My thanks to the library and staff for making this possible.
Ginny Lee Pilstl


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