Dr. Henry R. Savage: Climate talk


The climate change debate/discussion ensues, and I am delighted.

My most recent letter on the subject drew two responses in the Steamboat Pilot & Today of Aug. 10, from Bill Wallace and Tim Nylen.

Both men questioned the sources of global average temperature measurements that I quoted. I apologize for not making it clear. The land and sea surface data are from the Hadley Laboratory in England, arguably the world's best lab working in this area. The mid troposphere data are from the University of Alabama at Huntsville Microwave Sounding Unit, which is the unquestioned authority in this area. Both data sets agree there has been no warming since 1998, and significant cooling has occurred since 2001. The data are in the open literature - no secrets.

Bill is a highly valued and respected friend with whom I discuss the science of this subject. We sometimes agree on matters and often agree to disagree. My major difference with Bill is the desirability to launch draconian policies in the face of science that fails by a large margin to justify same. The debate is not over and the evidence is not incontrovertable. Many thousands of scientists are now on record expressing doubt about the conclusions regarding anthropogenic global warming. In the late 60s and early 70s alarmists said things such as "The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind" - Nigel Calder at the first Earth Day. "The cooling since0 1940 has been large enough and consistent enough that it will not soon be reversed" - C.C. Wallen of the World Meteorological Organization.

Mr. Nylen's letter lost me in the logic somewhere between stating we should only listen to bona fide climatologists and his reference to authoritative sources-Aspen, Vail and Gov. Ritter.

Dr. Henry R. Savage

Steamboat Springs


Steve Lewis 8 years, 9 months ago

Dr Savage stops short of condeming any specific policy. He seems to relish the argument and the status quo more than the responsibilities of one generation to the next. In this vein he should acknowledge that parameters other than climate change are also suggesting policies of clean energy and conservation are needed.

Coal pollution is causing asthma related illnesses in cities and acid rain in forests. Clean energy is smart. Conservation is smart.

Oil production will fall short of demand more and more often, continuing to hurt our economy, and the world economy. Alternative energy sources are smart. Renewable energy sources are smart. Conservation is smart.

Supporting continued reliance on coal and oil is not something the next generation will thank us for. Take some responsibilty when writing.


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