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January 11, 2009 at 6:01 AM

Global warming

Checking in twice

The Jan. 8 Seattle Times article “Farming first victim of global warming?” [Local News] included the statement, “By the end of this century, the odds are higher than 90 percent that average temperatures during the growing season will be higher than ever before in recorded history across a big swath of the planet … ”

The April 28, 1975, Newsweek article “The Cooling World” included the statement, “Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the cooling trend, as well as over its specific impact on local weather conditions. But, they are almost unanimous in the view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century.”

The totally incorrect meteorological “consensus” presented in the 1975 Newsweek article indicates the high-error potential associated with predicting long-term climate change and its effect on agricultural productivity.

— Ken Schlichte, Tumwater

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