Don’t buy deception
Re: “Group fighting climate change,” in the Aug. 10 edition.
Tony Hellera, blogger, has a presentation, available on YouTube, where he points to the fraud that organizations like NASA conduct. Essentially, they use past data and a “correction factor” so that past years appear cooler, thus allowing them to postulate warming.
To illustrate the fraud, he presents a chart, at 31:55 of the video, youtube.com/watch?v=Gh-DNNIUjKU, that compares three sets of data, all from NASA, the first in published in 1981, the second in 1997 and the third in 2015. Charts published later give generally lower past temperatures. So for example, the average temperature, let’s say, in 1970 was lower when published in 1997 than in 1981 publication and was even lower when published in 2015.
The climate alarmists have to cheat because the warming trend has disappeared in the last 18 years. We also know that in 2009 emails surfaced where climate alarmists like Tom Wigley discuss how to manipulate the data. The fact is that the mid-1930s were the hottest since at least 1880.
Weather reporting likes to use a heat index, but that is not temperature. Is that to create the illusion of higher temperatures?
In 1986, James Hansen of NASA said that temperatures had risen one to two degrees since 1958, and he predicted a rise of three or four more degrees by 2020. But Hansen’s own charts showed virtually no change between 1958 and 1986. And since 1986, warming has been less than half a degree.
In 2008, Hansen predicted the arctic would be ice-free as early as 2013 but not later than 2018. Al Gore predicted in 2008 that the Arctic would be ice-free by 2014. Every one of the alarmist’s predictions was vastly wrong.
Greenhouse gases have the tendency to lift daytime lows but have little effect on the daytime high. Yet everyone is talking about the heat during the day.
Why should we trust this kind of “science”?
Phyllis LeFevre of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Johnston County wants to end the debate and get action. Grandma LeFevre wants you to believe her, but she does not want to deal with the facts. Maybe she is used to “because I told you so.” However, we can think for ourselves.
Clouds, volcanoes and sunspots impact the temperature significantly. Temperature has little to do with human activity.
Don’t fall for their deception.
Nixon for N.C. House
I am a seventh-generation North Carolinian. I have always taken pride in my Tar Heel roots and have engaged in my share of debates about North Carolina barbecue and basketball. What was never up for debate was the fact that North Carolina’s public education system was the crown jewel of the state and had been a model for the nation since the early 1990s. Whether one lived in the mountains or at the coast, or whether one was the child of a textile executive or a factory worker, one had access to quality K-12 schools and a first-class university system. That was a North Carolinian’s birthright.
I am saddened that North Carolina has lost its way. Our students are sitting in overcrowded classrooms and are forced to share outdated textbooks. Our teachers are among the lowest-paid in the country. Cash-strapped parents of public school students are not even afforded a tax-free weekend to purchase school supplies. The state has turned its back on its public schools, its public school teachers, its students and their families. To add insult to injury, lawmakers have done away with the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program at a time when low teacher pay and massive budget cuts have created a teacher shortage.
It is time for new leadership in Raleigh. It is time to put aside partisan differences and elect leaders who have the firsthand knowledge and experience to improve educational opportunities for all. Rich Nixon, my former AP U.S. history teacher, is the most qualified candidate to represent District 26 in the N.C. House of Representatives. Mr. Nixon was raised by individuals who taught in North Carolina’s public schools, he was educated in North Carolina’s public schools, he enrolled his kids in North Carolina’s public schools, and he has taught in North Carolina’s public schools for nearly four decades.
Mr. Nixon knows what it will take to make our schools flourish. He knows what is needed to retain veteran educators. He is committed to the success of North Carolina’s future generations. In November, the choice should be crystal clear. This election is about North Carolina’s future, North Carolina’s reputation, North Carolina’s students. Public education is the rising tide that lifts all boats. To attract industry, to raise an informed and productive citizenry and to make our schools strong again, support Rich Nixon for District 26 in the N.C. House of Representatives.
Crystal R. Sanders
State College, Pa.