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Off the Editor’s Desk – 9-18-2013


If you are one of those people that are worried by the so-called Global Warming that has President Obama shutting down our coal-fired power plants, here is good news.

 According to MailOnline, “an unusually cold Arctic summer has resulted in almost a million more square miles of ocean covered with sea ice compared to the same time last year.”

The Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles in August of 2013, compared to the low point of 1.32 million square miles recorded in September of 2012, according to the report.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, however, continues to insist that global warming has been caused by human greenhouse gas emissions as opposed to natural variability.

I wonder what or who got blamed some 13,000 plus years ago when the North American glaciation came to an end and the ice sheet that covered a large part of Wisconsin melted away. It has been reported that ice was several miles thick.

And, to sum up what was stated in Wikipedia was a statement by a scientist that the human race’s actions that created greenhouse gases, “possibly forestall the onset of a new glacial age.”

On a personal note I would like to tell you that Paula and I along with Dave and Sue Brathal of Hudson traveled to St. Louis, MO this past weekend to watch our grandson, Austin run in a cross country meet for his school, Arkansas State.

On the way down along the Interstate we stopped in Springfield, IL to visit Jinny and Mike Sachsenmaier and then returned to Stoughton for a Saturday evening supper with our granddaughter, Krisha, who just recently graduated from college.

I must note that crops along the way were not much better than those around here, except where they were irrigated.

— Carlton