Letter: Study global warming

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Apparently in an effort to bolster Mr. Bush in his reversal of his campaign promise to curtail carbon dioxide emissions, Malcolm Wallop and George C. Landrith brand those of us who are concerned about global warming as eco-radicals.

Yet Sen. Ted Stevens, scarcely an eco-radical, last month called together a panel of experts in Fairbanks to address the effects of global warming in Arctic Alaska. And in the July 9 issue of the Juneau Empire, Gunter Weller, director of the Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, stated that the mean temperatures in our state have increased by 5 degrees in the summer and 10 degree in the winter over the past 30 years. He continues with the balanced view of consensus in the scientific community that both human activities and natural climate cycles are responsible.

This week world climatologists are meeting in Amsterdam, a meeting coordinated by the Swedish-based International Geosphere-Biosphere program. One projection the scientists make is that melting Arctic ice could increase the flow of fresh water into the North Atlantic so that the Gulf Stream would be shut down in this century, with disastrous results for northern Europe as well as our own north Atlantic. Robert Watson, chief scientist heading the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said, "We could be either under or overestimating the effect of human activities on climate change. So why should we be complacent?" (L.A. Times)

I note that Mr. Wallop and Mr. Landrith are chairman and executive secretary, respectively, of Frontiers of Freedom, dedicated to protecting constitutional rights. Unfortunately neither the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights protects us from global warming or exempts us from furthering efforts into understanding an ameliorating climate change.

Elizabeth Daugherty

Juneau



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