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January 19, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No denying global warming

Dear Editor,

Mr. Fueilly’s letter disputing the human impact on global weather is not shared by over 95 percent of all global weather scientists. Also, the examples he gave as evidence of extreme cold are actually also examples cited by weather scientists as the result of human burning of fossil fuels, which disrupt the flow of warm ocean water from the equatorial seas to the north Atlantic, known as the Gulf Stream.

This circular flow of ocean water from the south to the north has produced the mild winters enjoyed by the northeast U.S., Canada, and north Western Europe for the last 10,000 years. The flooding of the north Atlantic in summer with very cold arctic melt water is cooling the warm tropical water flowing north along the U.S. northeast and south down the coast of northern Europe.

If this cooling of north Atlantic water continues it will disrupt this great oceanic conveyor belt of warm southern water. The result will be to diminish the Gulf Stream and a reduction of average temperatures of all the countries which have coastlines in the north Atlantic. These countries will experience lower temperatures and increased rain and snowfall, which has already begun. The predicted decreased rain in the region of the Canadian and American Midwest has resulted in a drought running from central Canada to South Texas.

This huge central plain is a major producer of grain and livestock for the U.S. and many other countries. The export of food grains is one of our most important balance of payment commodities and also is the prime source of animal feed for beef, hogs, poultry, pets and farm raised fish.

If my readers are thinking that it’s hard to link arctic ice melting with a drought in the Midwest, I can only say nothing is simple.

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