This is in regard to a recent column regarding climate change.
After our short mid-July heat wave, more than 1,100 U.S. cities have recorded their coldest July temperatures. Just check your own thermometers.
Nobody wants to hold back on developing clean energy; we just don't want the Obama administration losing $500 million of taxpayer money on such things as the Solyndra Solar Panels fiasco. Wind and solar produce less than 1 percent of the energy used in the U.S. The U.S. industries have always come through to meet the demand when it is needed. Remember - in May 2010 - when a volcanic eruption in Iceland negated every effort made in the previous five years, like driving hybrids, putting a brick in your toilet tank and replacing $1 light bulbs with $10 light bulbs, etc.?
NASA, in 2009, came to the conclusion that sun spots cause the warming and cooling trends of the Earth, not man. The climate changes in cycles. Robert Cahalan, a climatologist at the Goodard Space Flight Center, stated "Right now, we are in between major ice ages, in a period that has been called Holocene." Remember back in the 1970s when the big scare was - an ice age is coming because of cool temperatures.
Also, of note, is the oceans cooled suddenly between 2003 and 2005, losing over 20 percent of global warming heat that had been absorbed over the previous 50 years. This news came from Argo ocean temperature floats that are distributed worldwide. Researchers say the heat was likely vented into space.
In January 2010 a study by Wolfgang Knorr, out of the University of Bristol, England, published in the journal "Geophysical Research Letters" shows that 45 percent of man's emissions - not 100 percent - stays in the atmosphere. The rest is absorbed by nature and the percentage hasn't changed since 1850. Knorr arrived at that figure by relying solely on measurements and statistical data, including records extracted from Antarctic ice. As a side note "Polar Bear Science" released a report on July 15 showing that polar bear population increased by about four, 200 since 2001.
As far as fracking contaminating drinking water: the shale formations are thousands of feet deep and the average drinking water aquifer is a few hundred feet deep with solid rock in between. This explains why the EPA administrator, a determined enemy of fossil fuels, recently told Congress there have been "no proven cases where the fracking process itself has affected water."
Ron "Pudge" Miller is a Dunkirk resident.