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