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Posted on February 18 at 7:37 p.m.

I challenge any of you Snappy Sneerers - who characteristically offer nothing of substance - to deny any of the following:

In its 3rd Assessment, the International Panel of Climate Scientists, told us that, merely to maintain the then-current level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, we'd have to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels by 60 – 80 percent.

Instead, the world has consistently increased its use and production of same; within a matter of years we will reach, for the first time in the history of human life on earth, 400 parts per million.

Within the next few years – for the first time in at least three million years – we will see an ice-free Arctic summer.

Methane is 25-30 times more virulent than carbon dioxide as a stimulant to rising temperatures.

There are vast quantities of methane -far exceeding the amount of CO2 now lodged in our atmosphere - buried in the top ten feet of soil throughout the planet, including the sea beds of previously or currently iced over oceans.

When ice and frozen soil trapping this gas melt and thaw, methane is freed to join Co2 in the atmosphere.

Currently, millions of square miles of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf are bubbling with escaping methane; recent studies say twice the amount previously estimated. In the US, scientific journals report 50% to 150% more methane is vaulting from oil and agricultural operations than previously had been thought.

If the current escalation of earth, air and water temperatures begin to warm the Arctic Sea and its floor and cause the escape of these long-trapped reserves of methane, thereby multiplying the existing effects of CO2, we may reach an average Earth temperature of 4.5 – 6.0 degrees Celsius, or more, above normal.

Should that happen, plant life cannot adapt to the escalating heat in time to provide adequate food supplies.

Scientific reports show that even now the oceans have lost 40 percent of their phytoplankton, the base of the oceanic food chain, due to climate-related acidification and atmospheric temperature variations.

There is therefore the distinct possibility that, as a result of our relatively ineffective attention to these phenomena, we humans may not be able to feed ourselves and will not survive.

Finally, the findings and the consensus of the global scientific community: “Climate change has not hit a 'speed bump.' The planet's temperature is not remaining steady and it certainly isn't cooling. Earth, especially its oceans are heating up … and rapidly”

William Smithers

On Elizabeth Kolbert on the End of the World

Posted on February 17 at 11:25 p.m.

Between 150 and 200 species are currently going extinct daily, 1,000 times the "normal" rate during the "Great Dying" period millions of years ago, which was closely related to increased levels of methane, according to UCSB atmospheric and oceanic scientist Ira Leifer.

Methane, a product of the decay of organic matter in an oxygen-deprived environment, is now the most deadly threat to us all, being 25-30 times more potent than carbon dioxide as stimulant to increased temperatures. As earth air and water warm, the vast quantities of methane buried in previously frozen earth and ice just beneath the land and Arctic sea beds are being released into the atmosphere, multiplying the effect of carbon dioxide.

If there is sufficient release of these immense quantities of methane, the escalating earth temperatures will not be able to sustain plant growth. This, coupled with the known decrease of 40% of the ocean's phytoplankton - the basis of the seas' food chain - spells possible eradication of the human species, since there will then not be enough food to sustain life.

If you question this, please read the Op-Ed Piece "Death by Gas - the Sentence for Us All?" in Noozhawk under "Opinions."

William Smithers

On Elizabeth Kolbert on the End of the World

Posted on January 8 at 10:39 p.m.

Which of the following is meant by "Just Sayin'"?

1) I don't stand behind anything I say; I just like to shoot my mouth off.
2) This MIGHT be my opinion, but if it is don't hold it against me.
3) If the wind blows in a different direction, I might shift with it. You understand, don't you?


On Global Freezing?

Posted on January 8 at 6:50 p.m.

" ...the scientists set out to PROVE warming by documenting increased melting ice." ???!!!

Is anyone pretending that this is not a false statement?

Scientific organizations all over the world are attempting to add to our knowledge by, among other things, measuring the thickness and extent of ice coverage in various areas - Arctic Sea, the Antarctic, Bering Ice Shelf, mountain ranges, etc., etc. in an effort to establish WHETHER OR NOT there has been ice loss in these areas. The result, of course, is meant to add to our knowledge of what is taking place.

Is anyone pretending that the original poster's intention was not to throw doubt on the useful purpose of the entrapped scientists and to imply that the media should have suggested the silliness of their efforts: gee, surrounded by ice when trying to measure ice.,


On Global Freezing?

Posted on January 8 at 1:20 p.m.

" ...failed to reveal the scientists set out to prove global warming by documenting increased melting ice." ???!!!

Another of the willfully ignorant posts of a kind the Los Angeles Times - responsibly - will no longer print.

The Arctic Sea will be ice-free IN SUMMER by 2018 if not sooner - for the first time in at least three million years!

The resulting release of methane - 25 to 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a stimulant to rising temperatures - due to the thawing of sea beds under this sea that have trapped enormous quantities of this gas for eons threatens the very existence of human life on earth, since this vast release makes possible temperature increases that plants cannot adapt to..

Should this happen, and with not enough to eat, where will we all be?

Keep on truckin', you malignant fourth-grade brains.

May you, your children and grandchildren rest in peace.

William Smithers

On Global Freezing?

Posted on January 6 at 8:50 p.m.

For some rational prose instead of a rhyme
Take just 30 minutes of your precious time.

To grasp all the issues of Goleta 2.0
Just click on the URL program below:.

On Goleta Beach Is Eroding Away

Posted on August 27 at 12:35 a.m.

To whom it may concern:

The half-hour television interview with Chris Wrather and Bob Field discussing hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," referenced above, which I encourage all to see, was hosted, researched and broadcast by me via TV Santa Barbara. IThe Ecologist video included was edited by me to an appropriate length for that show with permission of that publication.)

The 3 1/2 page 2002 editorial "Fiddling While Earth Burns," referenced above, was researched and written by me, and 11 years ago presented to a local audience the warnings of the International Panel On Climate Control. re Global Warming. Obviously only a fragment of its content was presented here.

False statements re fracking by the unknown person "willy88" have been specified elsewhere in this journal.

William Smithers

On Energy Independence Means Freedom from Fossil Fuels

Posted on August 26 at 6:22 p.m.


You have free will as to what to do with yourself. Personally, I won't mind if you take an "out." You contribute nothing factually-based here and, as is common, hide your sneers behind anonymity.

William Smithers

On Energy Independence Means Freedom from Fossil Fuels

Posted on August 26 at 4:11 p.m.

Professor Foran:

In 2002 I, then a County Council member of the Green Party, and editor of its newsletter, wrote an extensive editorial: "Fiddling While Earth Burns."

I had been alerted to Climate Change through an earlier article by Bill McKibben in the New York Review of Books which elaborated on the Third Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

That editorial quoted former Vice President Al Gore: "The minimum that is scientifically necessary [to combat global warming] far exceeds the maximum that is politically feasible."

I also then quoted from the Third Assessment that, to save the planet from the fate we are presenting to future generations, we must cut back our production of carbon dioxide 60%-80%. Eleven years later, we know we have only steadily increased the global emissions of this product of fossil fuel consumption.

While I totally support the thrust of your article here, it appears tragically certain to me that Al Gore's prediction has been the accurate one. The "tipping point," beyond which there's no going back, has been, or soon will be, reached.

I'm glad I won't be alive to experience the full range of consequences that will fall on everyone living on the planet.

William Smithers


On Energy Independence Means Freedom from Fossil Fuels

Posted on August 26 at 3:24 p.m.

Independent readers may find it helpful and informative to review a half-hour television interview with Chris Wrather and Bob Field, of the Los Alamos and Santa Ynez Valleys, discussing hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

The interview includes video provided by The Ecologist.

William Smithers

On Energy Independence Means Freedom from Fossil Fuels

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