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How much climate change did it take to melt a massive glacier?

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To The Daily Sun,

I'm responding to Ms. Bernadette Loesch's Dec. 15 "Climate Change Deniers" letter:

I read the letter twice and am not quite certain if Ms. Loesch feels the "deniers" are those of us who feel that man-made climate change is a folly. Although she didn't say it clearly, I'm pretty sure that's her stance.

My college degree is in geology and I'd like to present to you a few facts that Ms. Loesch forgot to mention in her letter.

First and foremost, the engineers who planned the Hoover Dam based their future annual rainfall estimates for the Colorado River basin on an extraordinary period of wet weather that happened just before they built the dam. Go back in history and you'll see the engineers only had a meager 40 years of weather data to work with.

Realize that part of our great nation was sparsely populated in the late 1800s and early 1900s and weather stations capturing data were few and far between.

The engineers didn't take the time, or possibly didn't think to go deep into the biologic data right in front of them, that would have shown their estimates of projected rainfall were far too high.

All one has to do is look at the growth rings on old living trees and in wood left behind by the inhabitants of Mesa Verde National Park. When you do this, you quickly discover the Southwest has been very arid for thousands of years long before us "deniers" bebopped around in our bubble SUVs.

The dry weather the Colorado River basin has been experiencing is quite normal when you expand the data timeline. But Ms. Loesch prefers to drive her stake in the sand using an ultra-thin slice of weather records over the past 15 or so years where all us ignorant people are bustling about in our belief-bubble cars, buses and trucks that are powered with evil carbon-based fuels.

I'll also add this to those who are gulping mass quantities of the man-made Kool-Aid. Look at the hard geologic evidence all around you here in New Hampshire.

Here are the cold, hard facts about climate change. Climate change is real. The climate is in a dynamic state of flux all the time. Mother Nature is at the controls, not us.

Just 12,000 years ago, all of New Hampshire, most of New England, much of Ohio and the upper Midwest was covered with a massive continental glacier. This glacier was thousands of feet thick. It stretched all the way down to and over Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

This massive ice sheet began to retreat (melt) about 12,000 years ago. Scientists are still debating when it completely disappeared, but let's say it was all gone about 5,000 years ago.

If you do the math, you'll discover the average rate of retreat for this enormous glacier was about one-third a mile per year.

The group making the massive jugs of man-made Kool-Aid point to the tiny Athabasca Glacier in Canada because it's disappearing so rapidly. It's their poster child of abuse — yes, us abusing our planet.

Guess what? In the past 125 years this thinner smaller glacier has only retreated, are you sitting down, just 0.9 miles. Yes, less than one mile. In that same amount of time, the giant continental glacier that was much thicker would have retreaded over 41 miles!

You need to stop now and ask this question: How much climate change does it take to create and melt a massive continental glacier when no one was around to belch out invisible clouds of CO2?

Are you still sipping the Kool-Aid elixir? Put that glass down.

I can take you to Mount Major and show you a massive glacial erratic boulder that was dropped by the melting ice. Franconia Notch is a classic u-shaped glacial valley.

The Finger Lakes of New York state were carved by the massive continental glacier. Oh, and it gets better. What if I told you in the past 2 million years there were four different continental glaciers here in North America. The second-last continental glacier completely changed the course of the mighty Ohio River in Cincinnati.

Yes, the ice was created, it advanced, and it melted four distinct times. All without any help from our CO2-belching bubble cars, trucks, buses, factories and power plants.

Ms. Loesch I might suggest that you spend some time over the holidays at the library and brush up on what's really going on before the court of public opinion finds you guilty in the first degree of willful ignorance.

Tim Carter