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Letter: Isn’t global warming awful?
As of noon Jan. 24, the ice on the streets is melting and the TV weatherman predicts another night of low 20s F. Of course, our cold spells in South Texas are quite minor compared to the crippling cold in the upper United States. So what’s going on climate-wise?
A recent case in point is the unsuccessful Antarctic expedition by self-styled climatology experts who went to the South Pole to film and report on the devastating meltdown of the polar ice cap. Keep in mind that December is the beginning of the Antarctic summer when temperatures are the highest and ice should be melting. Instead, the climatologists’ ship got trapped in 12-foot-thick ice while they were still hundreds of miles away from their camp destination. Several more larger icebreaker ships came to free the trapped vessel and they too got trapped in the thick ice. The result was that the climatologists were rescued by helicopters.
What’s going on here? Is there an Antarctic polar vortex in play here? I’m sure Al Gore has blamed George W. Bush for this Antarctic fiasco.
As I have written previously, I believe all climates are cyclical and many others agree. Earth has seen numerous warming and freezing cycles over the course of time. About a million years ago, most of the planet experienced a warm tropical climate. There was so much melting of polar and glacial ice that sea levels rose drastically. The present Gulf of Mexico extended all the way to the Edwards Plateau, i.e., the Texas Hill Country. As proof I have found many sedimentary rocks in Wilson County containing embedded shellfish fossils. These rocks were once ocean floor sediment and the shellfish became trapped and fossilized.
There have also been several Ice Ages, the most recent occurring 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. There was so much water locked up in polar and glacial ice that sea levels dropped remarkably. This drop in sea levels was most evident in the North Pacific between Siberia and Alaska. A land bridge, actually the top of a mountain range, rose up out of the ocean and allowed the Mongolians living in Siberia to walk over into Alaska, where they became the ancestors of all Native Americans, including American Indians, Aleuts, and Eskimos.
Since the lifespan of humans is much too short to comprehend long-term climate events, we tend to believe our present experiences are something new and threatening such as our present global warming hysteria.
EMMETT J. STORK
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