Letters to the Editor, Dec. 31

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Climate research is often alarmist

Re: Letter, “Scientists largely agree on climate,” T&V, Nov. 26

David Chowes wrote that 98 percent of climatologists (and other scientists) agree on the relationship between climate warming and the production of carbon dioxide by humans. One hundred percent of scientists agree that carbon dioxide contributes to the greenhouse effect, including myself.

The disagreement comes in regard to whether that contribution is significant and whether it is harmful. The 98 percent figure that Mr. Chowes quotes comes from a survey whose validity has been widely challenged and whose results do not match many other surveys. Recently, for example, a survey of 1868 scientists conducted in the Netherlands found that just 43 percent agreed that “It is extremely likely that more than half of global warming from 1951 to 2010 was caused by human activity.”

Suppose, for argument’s sake, that 98 percent of climate experts did say that human activity has had a significant impact on global warming. Supposing those scientists made these claims because they truly believed them and not because their grant money depended on it.

Too much of the raw data does not agree with their predictions, including the fact that the poles haven’t melted. (In Antarctica the ice has grown.) This is true despite data manipulation scandals such as the Climategate scandal of Nov 2009 and the subsequent tampering of climate data reported by the Telegraph in Jan 2015.

The most important lesson scientists learn is to be skeptical. The Xhosa tribe which Dr. Isaac discusses in her global warming book The Roosters of the Apocalypse destroyed their cattle in a misguided belief that doing so would defeat the British. Their mistake was that they listened to what their leaders said instead of relying on common sense. Like the Xhosa who destroyed their economy, we are doing enormous damage to ours through global alarmism as Dr. Isaac’s shocking book demonstrates.


Gamaliel Isaac, ST

Trump will still have plenty of support

What a surprise that Hon. Steve Sanders uses his column to come down on Donald Trump again. Whether or not Mr. Trump wins the Republican nomination, his vitriol is topical.

In prior letters, I’ve mentioned problems with neighbors at my investment property on Long Island. Two board members in particular, older women, use these 360 square foot cabanas as their primary residences that, because of electric, cable and the renting rules, are subsided by the part time shareholders.

I’ve had to report both of these women to the police twice for contributing to or making mischief.  But they are both on the board, and, after a year of noticeable acrimony over an election coup; they are back together – thick as thieves – plotting the destiny of the co-op around their anxieties.

But I have a wonderful upstairs neighbor who is also older and her apartment is above mine. But she doesn’t want to “burden” her son with her place. So she found a buyer after being listed for several months and now the women are questioning the propriety of the buyer because the co-op is lily white and the buyer is Asian. (The apartment next door to his houses a young depressed woman who lives with her pierced, tattooed, pit bull owning boyfriend full time.)

The Board, spearheaded by the two older women has held up my upstairs neighbor’s sale. Making the applicant go through an F.B.I. check hasn’t made them feel more secure.

So, only 100 miles from Stuyvesant Town, where a chunk of the board live or have lived in rent stabilized New York County buildings, we have bigoted people who I see as crazy not because they will vote for Mr. Trump but because they are frightened, lifeless unfortunates whose biochemistry dictates nutty behavior with no regard to the chaos it may cause others.  And there ain’t no shortage of that in this country.

So I disagree with Hon. Sanders. Mr. Trump could well win the Republican nomination.

Billy Sternberg, ST

Hatred is trumping common sense

Re: Steven Sanders’ columns on Trump

The atmosphere of hatred and suspicion of fellow citizens that is brewing in the political arena is reminiscent of other bad times in America.At the turn of the last century and preceding World War I, intolerance and violence were directed at the German émigré population with Congress going so far as to enact rights-restricting laws such as the Espionage and Sedition Acts aimed at them specifically.

German immigrants and citizens were the subject of scorn, ridicule and even death goaded on by demagogic politicians of the day.

Perhaps Donald Trump, a descendant of German immigrants from that time period, can use his many resources to go and look up his ancestry and take time to reflect.

Charles Sturcken, ST

11 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, Dec. 31

  1. Re: Letter by Gamalie Issac


    Most of us know that smoking (on average) reduces longevity by about seven years. Yet, I remember reading an obituary in the NYT concerning a British actress (I don’t remember her name) who died at 92 from old age who had a quart of whiskey and smoked two packs of unfiltered cigarettes each day. Then there was comedian Andy Kaufman who never smoked and lived a clean life who died in his 30s from lung cancer.

    So as lifespan as well as climate are complex, anyone can get lung cancer. But, smoking increases by a factor of seven of getting this painful and deadly disease,

    No weather event can be blamed only on the warming planet. But, if there is a dramatic increase in unusual weather events that we all hear about on TV (e.g., extreme draught, increased precipitation, high temperatures, extreme snow, a rising level of water in the oceans, flooding, hurricanes, tornados of great intensity, etc., then anyone who is scientifically trained would see a probable cause and effect correlation.


    People have said (especially politicians) so, if the average temperature on the planet increases by 3,8 degrees (F) who cares? Or if the oceans as the polar icecaps melt add some inches to the waters, who cares — it’s so small.

    But the average human temperature is 98.7 and it goes up to 103.7 — that only represents an increase of five degrees — but we all know that it’s time to see a physician. Ergo, at times what seems to be insignificant matters.


    No one weather event can be attributed to climate warming — however, when there is a sudden and dramatic increase of weird events that seem to be increasing exponentially, is it a hoax or is it time to do something that can potentially reverse this situation. As far as scientists using this issue to get more monies — who do you trust more: politicians paid by Exxon/Mobil and the Koch bro’s via lobbyists or scientifically trained researchers? I have known and worked with many researchers — and the answer is clear.


    Yes, there have been researchers who “doctored” results to get more grant money — and this most often occurs with doctors who have been paid by pharmaceutical companies.

  2. Re: Climate Change:

    I spent this Christmas in Old Bethpage NY, without a coat, in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts.
    It was 71 degrees.

    Are you freakin’ kidding me ?

    • ….and you were wearing a coat/jacket in May and June when we set record after record for cold days. Average temp in February was a low record too.

  3. Those who don’t believe that we are going through climate change and global warming are the same as those who insisted that the Earth was flat and that Darwin’s theory of evolution was all wrong because, for crying out loud, it’s right in that there Bible how Adam and Eve got the ball rolling! Pesky scientists don’t know nothing!

    • The globe hasn’t warmed in over 50 years. I know it’s taking a break (as Global warming freaks say when confronted with that “FACT”) Can you name one period in the history of the world when the climate wasn’t changing?

  4. Maybe all the warming nuts can join Al Gore for his end of the world party in the next few weeks. After all, he did predict global warming would kill us all in ten years, just about well 10 years ago!!!


    There are three known variables for this unusual climate causing strange weather all over the world: natural undulations, global climate warming … and add “el nino.” The amount of variance leading to the many aberrant weather patterns all over the world is a function of these three. The amount of variance of these three factors is difficult to access. But, we do know for sure (~99%) that as the polar icecaps melt, the oceans have and will continue to rise.

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