First off…it seems that my attempt to publicize the article in
the current issue of Time magazine about global warming and climate
change has fallen on deaf ears because it was printed under the
heading of Responsible Gold…not an exactly a titillating
Nonetheless, I do think that the article was very significant and I
also realize that you have not read it because your comments don’t
correlate with the content of the article and because you don’t think
that Time is a valid source of I too was a subscriber to
Time magazine back in your era and I also did not think much of it.
It was superficial, pretentious and pandered to demagoguery and
political slants. I just recently subscribed to it because of a very
favorable rate…I figured, what the hell, 56 weeks for ten
bucks…how can I go wrong ? Lo and behold, the new “Time” is not
what I expected. It contains in depth articles that are era relevant
and very timely ( pardon the unintended pun ).
Your suggestions that I comfort myself with your enlightened
perceptions about geologic change and meteorological meanderings is
reassuring, but unfounded. You’ve got the relativities mixed up. You
stated that the CO2 emissions from the Atlantic Ridge volcanism
greatly exceed those from human activities. BUT, that is not the
point ! We are talking about rates of change ! The earths’
ecosystems have accomodated change throughout geologic history, but
ABRUPT change has always been accompanied by cataclysmic reaction !
Hence, when the asteroid hit the ocean off the Yucatan peninsula,
mass extinction followed. Man’s activities are ABRUPT in terms of
ecosystem impact !
Wayne, I sincerely suggest that you go to your local library and
scan the articles on climate change in the very reputable periodicals
such as Science Magazine, Science Newsletter, Nature, Scientific
American, etc. I really do think that you MIGHT bring your
perceptions up to date ! No,. I am not suggesting this on an
adversarial basis. I do think that this subject has been politicized
and I really do think that it is so important than it transcends
politics. After all, man may have been a mistake, but he has an
incredible capacity for adaptation !
Ron Mills, Mills Gem Company, Los Osos, Ca.