Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

November 12, 2012

Don’t blame man for all of the problems with our climate

Sandy was an unusual storm but we should resist the temptation to blame every large storm on manmade global warming.

Climate scientists with no political agenda tell us that there is a 50-year cycle where the waters of the Pacific cool and the Atlantic warm, thus causing large storms along the East Coast.

These follow a 50-year cycle, and we did have large Atlantic storms back in 1954 and 1955. Of course back then we didn’t have many homes built at waters’ edge as we have today. We can expect more storms like Sandy in the next two years.

Climate change is the norm for our planet. Thousands of years ago this area was under a large glacier, the Sahara desert was a swamp, even Saudi Arabia bloomed, which is why we have oil there.

Go back further and Canada resembled Florida. So the Earth’s climate is always changing, and will change in the future.

Releasing carbon into our atmosphere may also add to climate change, but no one can be sure exactly how. Best guess, and it is a guess, is that it will increase world temperature a degree or two in the next 100 years.

I think it’s important to look at how to reduce carbon emissions worldwide, but we need to do it without all the exaggerations such as Al Gore and others have made.

And we shouldn’t automatically blame every bad storm or hurricane on man-caused climate change.

Robert Cendo, M.D.

Cumberland

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