Ms. Doughton:
 
I would like to throw my two bits into the ring to add to what Ron Ewart said regarding global warming several months ago.  Sorry I am a little late to respond.  I did read the professor's comments and Seattle readers comments.
 
I am a retired engineer of 30 years with Boeing with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Applied Science (Business & Industrial Engineering).  I live on 10 acres near Enumclaw and am the second generation off the farm.  I tell you this to give you a sense of where I stand.
 
While my background does not make me a global weather expert it certainly does not make me an agenda driven extremist.  It does allow me to see the spin in the media and the spin in numbers and the spin in the environmental agenda, the spin from those politicians who pander to this junk science and the spin in the UN where much of the global weather forecasting lore is done.
 
The good news is the consciousness about the truth of global warming is rising faster than the hype and has risen somewhere between controversial and debunked depending on where on your own self educational scale you have come and of course where your income comes from and your bias and your agenda and your own honest and objective research. 
 
Gone are the days where any one scientist or reporter or newspaper or journal or environmentalist can say with certainty there is global warming. 
 
18,000 verified scientists have signed the following petition including the Past President of the National Academy of Sciences and President Emeritus, Rockefeller University stating that there is no convincing scientific evidence that human caused greenhouse gasses are causing catastrophic heating. http://www.oism.org/pproject/  More and more groups are standing up against the environmental mass distortion and debunking it.  I have over 200 property rights groups now that are working around the US to reverse all the damage the radical environmental organizations and their sponsors have done.
 
No scientiest or professor or climate expert's claim of global warming can stand an honest and independent peer review process.  Any professional can make a claim about some data however it is only through independent peer review process that verifies the theory.  This is normally done thru those professional journals closest to the speciality.  If you read Patrick Michaels "Meltdown" you will understand how even such widely held journals as Science or Nature have succumbed to what he calls the "paradigm-political" process, i.e. being influenced by where the money flows especially from the federal government, i.e. a pattern of weak reviews or agenda reviews.
 
One does not get much private or government funding for showing that there is a statistically significant warming trend in the winter in the North Pole when its too cold for ice to melt but no significant change in the summer when melting normally occurs (Meltdown pg 47).  Or you don't get much publicity showing that sea ice in the Arctic is declining but the sea ice in the Antarctic is increasing (Meltdown pg 52).  Or sea ice is affected more by wind than air temperature and that areas of sea ice decrease occurred alongside increases in thickness in regions not sampled (Meltdown pg 53). Or a rapid loss of ice volume was mistaken due to undersampling due to shifting winds and ice. (Meltdown pg. 54) 
 
Broad brush generalizations about a relative minisule amount of data of the latest 30 years of global warming without complete understanding of climatatology and without looking at least 100 years of current data not too mention prior ice age periods of glacier expansion and retraction is the height of layman, evironmental, media and political ignorance or just plain agenda junk science to get funding or attract attention or to sell media. 
 
Also the increases in green house gases, mainly CO2 has been greatly touted by the environmental and UN group think agenda lobby as the cause of global warming.   The interesting "rest of the story" that the UN models do not show is CO2 dampens off as concentrations increases and believe it or not the growing season of plants has increased because of the warming trend since 1970's.  Moisture off sets CO2.  Temperature responds logarithmic not linear to CO2.(Meltdown pg 13)  Also check out this article http://www.oism.org/pproject/s33p36.htm  written by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine and Marshall Institute.
 
Here is another good article by Dr. Jaworowski in Warsaw.  http://www.sitewave.net/news/s49p1523.htm.
 
Also you quickly learn how the pro environmentalist play their cards.  They never show you all the data, you only see part of their hand.  All we typically hear about is the current warming trend since the mid 1970's.  A more realistic picture is the 100 year temperature picture of the US shows three distinct trends, warming 1910 - 1939, cooling 1940 - 1969 and warming 1970 - 1997 end of data, i.e. the 100 year picture is normal.
 
The 100 year history of precipation for the state of Michigan is increasing, for temperature it is level.  The 100 year history of temperature for the NE region is increasing .7 degree BUT decreasing since 1930.  The Great Lakes region annual precip. from 1895 to 2001 is up.  National steam flow trends are up, forest fires acreage burned is down significantly since 1919, US average precipation is up, the 100 year look of annual number of hurricanes making US landfall is flat, no trend, normal.  Do you get the picture here?
 
 Here is a good site to study as you can see the environmental political lobby wealth and how they have come to wield unimaginable power and influence and the resulting over reaching agenda that has resulted in unprecidented loss of property rights, jobs, money, etc.   http://www.sovereignty.net/
 
Here is another good site to watch a video on how this environmental extremism and fear base group thinking is destroying our rights in America.  http://www.takingliberty.us/TLHome.html
 
Also I found this site http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=149 excellent reading and addressing some of the
 
Distortion of the weather data, demonizing our core sources of fuel including oil, coal, hydro, nuclear, gas, and over reaching and over controling every aspect of our private and public life using junk science and selective agenda data is all about stampeding the masses into the environmental OK corral.   This is a huge problem and has become like a cancer matastized to every level of our society and government at all levels under the false mask of clean air and water and gross distrotions using any plant, fish, foul or animal. 
 
The good news is that it has taken these extreme environmental and UN actions to shake up and wake up property owners around the country enough to come out of their long hybernation.  As this bear wakes up and realizes its land has been taken there will be a time of recogoning.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
 
Jack R. Venrick
Enumclaw, WA
 
 
 
 
“Something has gone seriously awry with
this Court's interpretation of the Constitution.
Though citizens are safe from the government
in their homes, the homes themselves are not."
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“Something has gone seriously awry with
this Court's interpretation of the Constitution.
Though citizens are safe from the government
in their homes, the homes themselves are not."
 Justice Clarence Thomas                             
"When evil, injustice, and violence are being committed, if individuals
look on unconcerned, they must be regarded as accomplices in the crime.
In the end they also suffer as much as the criminals  by their passive association
they provide encouragement to the evil doers."  SSB
"When evil, injustice, and violence are being committed, if individuals
look on unconcerned, they must be regarded as accomplices in the crime.
In the end they also suffer as much as the criminals  by their passive association
they provide encouragement to the evil doers."  SSB