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Letters: Sandy delivers a harsh message

November 10, 2012

Re “Sandy may fuel warming debate,” Nov. 5

The article's authors did a good job of describing the political implications of storms past and those likely to be visited upon the world in the near future.

However, whether the question is sea-level or ocean temperature rise, ocean acidification, record minimum sea ice coverage, drought, prolonged heat waves or spreading tropical diseases, we must submit the case for action to a Congress apparently more interested in listening to its sponsors than to scientists.

For example, the carbon dioxide added to our atmosphere in the last 100 years will probably take thousands of years to be removed. At this point, many doubt that there is enough time to halt the global warming train, let alone reverse it.

Robert Siebert

Tis amazing. The shoreline of New Jersey and surrounding communities was obliterated. Lower Manhattan to the shore of Staten Island has been frozen in a time warp. And regardless of this devastation, some folks still want to debate climate change. Really?

Meteorologists have used empirical data to warn us that climate change is happening, and one consequence will be frequent and unprecedented superstorms. The deniers are folks employed by the oil and coal industries, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.

Frank Ferrone
El Cajon

Sandy hit the most heavily populated area in the U.S. and is generating recovery costs similar to those of Hurricane Katrina.

Perhaps these weather conditions will force the public to contemplate the validity of climate change more vigorously. Rising temperatures have helped create a northward migration of ocean storms, a longer storm season and unique behavior that can enhance the strength of the storms.

The American people deserve an energy program that will protect them.

Whitney Jacks
Manhattan Beach

To all of you who are so in love with President Obama and his green energy, let's ask the people of the Northeast how well that's working out for them. Solar works pretty good in a hurricane or a snowstorm, doesn't it?

Hate fossil fuels if you want, but you do miss them when they're not there.

Bruce Evertson
Cheyenne, Wyo.

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