Yes, the planet is getting warmer

I heard it yet again today: On a cold, blustery morning in Amarillo, someone debunked the notion that the planet is warming up.

The comment came quickly and drew a chuckle from the convenience store clerk who sold the gentleman his soft drink just before he walked out — into the cold. The men exchanged pleasantries, commented on the weather this morning, to which the customer said, “It must the global warming that everyone’s talking about.”

Maybe he meant it in jest. But I doubt it. I’m quite sure the comment revealed a point of view. Bless his heart.

The scientific evidence is mounting hourly. The world is heating up. We’re losing our polar ice caps. Scientists have said in recent days that the Arctic ice cap might disappear altogether during the summer in the next three, maybe four decades. The moisture in all that ice has to go somewhere. Sea levels will rise. Coastal cities will be inundated.

None of this is really being debated by serious scientists. What is under debate is the cause. Is it because of carbon emissions created by humankind? Or is it a natural warming cycle that the planet must endure every bazillion years or so?

It does irk me to no end, however, when folks bundle up against a biting “blue norther” and make snarky comments debunking a demonstrable — and potentially catastrophic — scientific finding.

Planet Earth is far larger than our little corner of it.

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  1. Most of us are still waiting on the devastating ice age and subsequent global cooling we were threatened with in the 70's. (Same “scientists” new catastrophe) If you spent a few hours looking at evidence you would know that any warming has to be a natural warming cycle. So your defensiveness falls flat with me and makes me scratch my head. Why so loyal to junk science????

  2. those elusive “scientists” must have recently returned from some convention, where the naturally varying scientific theories are ironed out into a homogeneous “consensus”. i am sure you've seen the more “serious” researchers in their black helicopters. perhaps you prefer to reference them as “They”, when in the company of like-minded individuals such as kevin welch.

    dear editor, you must understand why it is crucial to cite credible sources of information – especially when discussing important and controversial situations. your attempt to leverage credibility by explaining what an unnamed “scientist” said in an unknown publication renders your writing less useful than the gossip pages of the national enquirer. for all we know, it was richard heene who hypothesized that the arctic ice will disappear completely.

    it irks me to no end when any person is fully committed to the theory of global warming in the obvious absence of sufficient evidence. if you are so sure that the planet is warming, i challenge you to finally end the debate this weekend and prove your claims in this sunday's edition of the AGN. i cannot wait to read it.

  3. those elusive scientists have struck again. it appears that the guerilla force regularly attacks with a chorus of annonymous statements.

    i find it wholly immoral for your publication to propagandize on behalf of apocolyptic zealots.

    “The earth has a fever.”
    — Al Gore

    dear editor, you must understand why it is crucial to cite credible sources of information – especially when discussing important and controversial situations. your attempt to leverage credibility by explaining what an unnamed “scientist” said in an unknown publication renders your writing less useful than the gossip pages of the national enquirer. for all we know, it was richard heene who hypothesized that the arctic ice will disappear completely.

    it irks me to no end when any person is fully committed to the theory of global warming in the obvious absense of sufficient evidence. if you are so certain that the planet is warming as dramatically as AL GORE told you it is, i challenge you to finally end the debate this weekend and prove your claims in this sunday's edition of the AGN. i cannot wait to read it.

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