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February 7, 2017
Reader Opinion: Critical thinking
Since Jan. 20, each day has brought more fanfare and chaos. As a lifelong educator, teaching language, U.S./Latin American relations and building cultural bridges, I'm asking you to do what I required of my students: Read the following, find two more sources, preferably with opposing...
February 7, 2017 - 10:50pm
Thaw could release Cold War-era toxic waste buried under Greenland's ice
OSLO (Reuters) - Global warming could release radioactive waste stored in an abandoned Cold War-era U.S. military camp deep under Greenland's...
August 7, 2016 - 1:26pm
August 1, 2016
Reader Opinion: A drop in the bucket
The July 22 "Climate disruption' letter complains of a 20PPM rise in atmospheric CO2. And "not enough people have worked to save Earth."
August 1, 2016 - 7:57pm
May 29, 2016
Reader Opinion: Much ado about nothing
Every year since 1880 the world's weather community calculates a figure they claim is the past year's average world temperature. They have approximately 11,000 weather stations worldwide. Of these, 1,040 stations are considered the most reliable, and these have been designated to...
May 29, 2016 - 10:36pm
May 22, 2016
Guest Opinion: Legislating climate
President Obama's Clean Power Plan is a regulation advanced by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act. Its objective is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants 32 percent below their 2005 levels by the year 2030. The rule works by requiring states...
May 22, 2016 - 10:26pm
April 4, 2016
Reader Opinion: Kicking into overdrive
Just when it seemed bad that 2015 surpassed the old warmest year on record of 2014, NASA just confirmed February far surpassed January 2016 as the most unusually warm month ever measured. Curiously, Harvard researchers in March 2016 published findings of a 30 percent spike in atmospheric...
April 4, 2016 - 10:20pm
February 1, 2016
Reader Opinion: Driving climate change
A response to the Jan. 12, "Antarctic sea ice took a new course in 2015," the writer seems to be saying it's a mystery as to why so much Antarctic sea ice disappeared in 2015 when temperatures in 2015 were the coolest of the last three years.
February 1, 2016 - 8:14pm
December 21, 2015
Reader Opinion: Transition to clean energy?
A Dec. 14 letter stated that something was very wrong with our Minnesota weather because it was 45 degrees in December. This is called Minnesota weather, not global warming. Remember last year when we had one of our coldest Novembers on record. We weren't running around declaring...
December 21, 2015 - 8:23pm
December 7, 2015
Reader Opinion: Global warming is a hoax
Global Warming. Very interesting. Friday (Nov. 27) Dispatch reports 10 warmest autumns and only two are after 1994 while four go back to 1908, 1900, 1889 and 1882, well before SUVs and many millions more inhabitants bent on destroying mother earth. Further, NASA has reported the ice...
December 7, 2015 - 7:28pm
November 25, 2015
Reader Opinion: Unjustified violence
A Nov. 11 letter writer disagreed with a previous letter's claim that global warming science is invalidated by God's promise: "Never again will I destroy all life by waters of a flood" (Genesis 8:21-9:11). I also disagree, but for different reasons. Multiple false premises invalidate...
November 25, 2015 - 9:26am
November 8, 2015
Reader Opinion: Look to the Bible
Many people are accepting predictions by our current scientists that the earth is in danger of flooding in the future because of global warming. The latest statistic is 0.8 degrees warming. Genesis records a worldwide flood in Noah's day that was sent by God because of the sinfulness...
November 8, 2015 - 11:28pm
September 29, 2015
Reader Opinion: Believe it
Today we have a group of well-meaning, intelligent people who claim that global warming is a fearsome fact and that mere man, by passing some laws, rules and regulations controlling greenhouse emissions, we are going to cool things down. I'm not saying that some of the research that...
September 29, 2015 - 11:50pm
September 20, 2015
Reader Opinion: Planetary ethics
Some weeks ago the Dispatch published my opinion titled, "The Crime of Galileo." My thesis was that Galileo's 1633 ecclesiastical trial was an example of how misguided certainty can cause serious misunderstandings of scientific reality, and that a similar dangerous certainty is operating...
September 20, 2015 - 8:20pm
September 17, 2015
Reader Opinion: More false statements
Every few months, Mr. Westgard writes about climate change in the Brainerd Dispatch and he continues to flub his facts. On Sept. 11, 2015, he repeated completely false statements that mislead your readers. What did he get wrong this time? First, he claimed that there has been no...
September 17, 2015 - 7:02pm
Reader Opinion: Infinite variables
In response to Dr. John Abraham, as a climate scientist perhaps you could help me to learn what the last world's average temperature was on the Fahrenheit scale, and when was that calculated? Another question is, how on earth (pun intended) can the world temperature be constant year...
September 17, 2015 - 5:57pm