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July 05, 2006

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Alexander Carpenter

Glad the free tickets worked out. I am sure that your parishioners will appreciate their well-informed minister.

Check out the Spectrum blog to see really good resources for believers who want to change the conversation about creation from chronology to creation care.

Ron Corson

It would probably be best to get informed on the other side of the issue as well. As Human induced global warming is scientifically not as accepted as the media may present.

For instance:
http://epw.senate.gov/hearing_statements.cfm?id=246768
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, I am William M. Gray, a Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. I have been studying and forecasting weather and climate for over 50 years (see my attached Vitae). My specialty has been tropical meteorology and tropical cyclones. I have made Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecasts for the last 22 years.

Over the last 20 years, I have been dismayed over the bogus science and media-hype associated with the nuclear winter and the human-induced global warming hypotheses. My innate sense of how the atmosphere-ocean functions does not allow me to accept either of these scenarios. Observations and theory do not support these ideas. The nuclear winter hypothesis did not recognize that the globe's hydrologic cycle operates on a time scale of 8-10 days and that nuclear- spawned dust material would be quickly rained out of the atmosphere. The human-induced global warming scenarios have a major flaw in that they accept the view that an increase in the global hydrologic cycle will cause enhanced upper-tropospheric water vapor gain and a suppression of outgoing long wave radiation (OLR) to space. The opposite is true. Global Climate Models (GCMs) are also not able to realistically predict the ocean's deep water circulation which is fundamental to any understanding of global temperature change.

You will also find an abundance of material in the footnotes of Michael Crichton's book State of Fear, he actually has a series of lectures on the subject as well.

Alexander Carpenter

A scientist who quotes his "innate sense" and a novelist--yup, the jury is still out.

How's this for non-mediated evidence:

"On May 2, 2006, the Federal Climate Change Science Program commissioned by the Bush administration in 2002 released the first of 21 assessments which concluded that there is 'clear evidence of human influences on the climate system.' The study said that the only factor that could explain the measured warming of Earth's average temperature over the last 50 years was the buildup of heat-trapping gases, which are mainly emitted by burning coal and oil."

Feel free to read the conclusive, non-partisan report here: http://climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap1-1/finalreport/default.htm

Terri Rice

Have you seen the book? It is a beautiful picture book - and if each picture can "tell a thousand words"..... What a story!
Worth keeping on the coffee table, or taking with you when you visit friends, as it can be a catalist for lively discussion, & hopefully more awareness!

Monte Sahlin

Do they still call the public transit authority in Southern California the "Rapid Transit District"? That is what it was called when I was a teenager in L.A. and it was a joke because it took forever to go anywhere on the busses. The tragedy is that in the 1920s and 1930s, Southern California had one of the best rail transit systems in America, but in the post-WWII 1940s and 1950s, the oil, rubber and auto manufacturing interests convinced the politicians to tear it down and go to rubber-tire busses. Now when we desperately need it, that infrastructure (even the original right-of-ways and track beds) is gone; literally destroyed by the greed of short-sighted business leaders. It is a sin to allow a corporation that is focused only on next quarter's bottom line or next year's profit margin to have any influence over long-term issues!

Alexander Carpenter

"Anyone on foot in suburban California is one of four things: poor, foreign, mentally ill, or jogging."
- Hari Kunzru, Transmission

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