Scientists largely in agreement on climate
Re: “Climate researchers and false prophets,” letter by Gamaliel Isaac, T&V, Nov. 19
Firstly, the words “climate” and “weather” are not synonyms. The former refers to the world’s atmosphere over given periods of time; weather refers to temperature, precipitation, humidity, etc. in one specific area at a given time and attempts to predict the next few days.
Then there is science which we all have learned – but, usually a list of facts – with little emphasis on what “the scientific method” really means and its importance.
There is also the difference between the weathermen we see on TV (who are usually selected for on camera appearance and likability) and climatologists who are scientists.
John Coleman, whose documentary where he posits on the false assertions of climate change, is a weatherman (who worked on WCBS and WNBC and is now CEO of the Weather Channel). I am aware that about half of weathermen (and women) agree with Mr. Coleman.
But, 98 percent of climatologists and other scientists all agree with climate warming and its relationship since the industrial age as increasing amounts of carbon have been increased via humans’ use of fossil fuels. Which group has the background to achieve credibility?
Gamaliel Isaac, your allusion to the superstitious beliefs of the Xhosa in South Africa reminds me of the about ten persons hanged during the Salem witch trials. How one can compare the concerns of scientists to those of primitive groups – as you refer to the Xhosa tribe in Africa (or my example of the Puritans in Salem is beyond me).
If someone in the early 20th Century said that two small electronic units: one in the U.S. and the other in the U.K. could communicate without any wires, they would be thought to be crazy — but through the marvel of the scientific method, it can now be done.
CNN reported yesterday that each of the last six months successively have been recorded as the most warm since record keeping began. And, see Sunday’s NYT Magazine (11/15) on the continuing melting of the polar icecaps. And, science is nether liberal nor conservative.
David Chowes, PCV
Blackstone, keep Associated in Stuy Town
Town & Village reports that the Associated Supermarket may have to go within the next two years (“Blackstone to keep affordable supermarket,” T&V, Nov. 19).
As a Stuyvesant Town resident of over 20 years, I believe that Associated has served the residents well and that it should be encouraged to stay.
Norman, the manager, is always around; he is approachable and responsive to customers, to staff and to suppliers. The staff are friendly and competent. The shelves are clean, tidy and well stocked with merchandise we need, within their sell-buy dates, at affordable prices.
I urge Blackstone to commit to keeping the Associated Supermarket.
Steve Newman, ST
‘Entitled’ to affordability?
Congratulations to the “proud to be poor” crowd.
In March the mayor gave you a 15-year pass allowing market rate tenants to bear your load and now you have succeeded in keeping a low-end supermarket in the neighborhood.
Your quest for the “poor” and “entitled” is never-ending. I remember the good old days when folks had pride and dignity and carried their own weight.
What would Police Officer Smith have done?
Re: “Local Week in Review” news item in T&V, Nov. 19
I was sad to read that the husband of Moira Smith, a 13th Precinct NYPD officer who was killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, returned “The Woman of the Year” award that was given to her posthumously by Glamour magazine because that magazine gave the same award to Caitlyn Jenner.
I am sure his wife would disapprove of that gesture as she no doubt did not discriminate when she helped evacuate dozens of people from the World Trade Center.
Alain Montour, PCV