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Homer ready to fish, but frozen harbor won’t cooperate

Anchorage Daily News – March 16, 2007

This is a series of 2 posts that will be posted today. The two posts are polar opposites (sorry – couldn’t resist the pun). The one article will discuss how cold it is in one municipality and the other article will discuss how hot it is in another. I am doing this to prove a point – there is no conclusion to be made by looking at the local weather! A common argument by both sides is to point out these extremes. This argument is pointless. If global warming is upon us we will still have record lows. If, instead, we are in an ice age, we would still record record highs in parts of the world. Climate is bigger than the local weather of a city or state. It is longer than a day, week, or even a season. Don’t be confused by these pointless anecdotes.

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The Real ‘Inconvenient Truth’

JunkScience.com – April 21, 2006

This is a very long article that has quite a few good points in it.  The article is a series of questions and answers on the subject.  The author’s goals were to try and put some simple facts behind many of the myths and rumors regarding weather and the things that influence the weather.

This article should be standard reading for anyone that is interested in the details behind global warming.

Only the structure constraining internal-external convection will function as an effective greenhouse. Greenhouse gases categorically do not inhibit convective activity and so are not like a physical greenhouse.

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Nations launch polar climate study

CNN – February 28, 2007

This is great news.  In my opinion, this is exactly what is need: a broad scientific study on global warming.  My hope, of course, is that fact, data, and scientific methodology will win out over opinion and belief.

More than 60 nations launch the broadest scientific investigation yet of the Arctic and Antarctic on Thursday to chart polar regions on the front lines of global warming.

…about 50,000 people will be involved in 228 projects such as studying marine life in the Antarctic, mapping how winds carry pollutants to the Arctic, or examining the health of people, polar bears or penguins.

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Building a ‘new energy’ work force: Industry, education leaders partner for training as need for skilled workers may rise

TMC Net – February 24, 2007

This is an article that discusses one of the benefits of the efforts to stop human causes of global warming. If we find that humans cause global warming (as some believe to be true), an entire new set of industries will be born. This article calls this the “new energy work force.”

While I am all in favor of new jobs being created and I am definitely in favor of developing alternative ways to produce and control energy, I often wonder if this is a symptom of the true reason for this conversation. Many people hold that global agreements such as Kyoto are simply ways to divert wealth to less fortunate parts of the world. They also hold that many industry leaders are pushing the global warming agenda just to sell themselves and their companies. Politicians are also lumped into this bucket at times (Al Gore being the one that most would recognize).

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