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July 29, 2009 at 4:00 PM

It’s hot in Seattle: Does this prove global warming exists?

100-degree summer days will be the future of Seattle

Editor, The Times:

Professor Clifford Mass neglects climate change in his statement, “One day, your grandchildren will ask you did you really experience the temperatures of July 29, 2009?”

What was it like? How did you survive it? I hope my grandchildren ask me those questions. But it is more likely they will ask, “Were there really summers in Seattle when the temperature never reached 100 degrees?”

— Gregory Johnson, Seattle

High temps just more proof of climate change

So, hearing much from the global-warming deniers lately?

— Bill Moritz, Bothell

Doubt global warming exists? Climb a mountain, try to find a glacier

As a mountain climber since the mid-’90 s, I have personally witnessed the shrinking of glaciers on our surrounding mountains. It is unmistakable.

George F. Will [“Turning a cold shoulder to climate-change,” Opinion, syndicated column, July 24] may be cavorting around an uninformed or disinterested group of people in order to conclude “skepticism about the evidence that supposedly supports current alarmism about climate change is growing.”All scientific data has uncertainty. Unfortunately, the data on global warming just keeps on giving, and it is growing more certain with time, not less.

What is ironic is that China and India are certain to be some of the first countries to experience the major changes that occur with warming of the planet. When the Himalayan glaciers that supply one billion of their people with water disappear, they will see social change that cannot be mollified with economic growth.

The data on these glaciers is certain, irrefutable.

— Steven Short, M.D., Mercer Island

Will is wrong; U.S. must be leader in cutting emissions

George F. Will argues we should do nothing to mitigate global warming because India, China and other developed countries will do nothing.

While we can’t be certain what other nations will do, we can be pretty sure that if we don’t do anything, they won’t either. It is still true that the average American produces five times as much carbon dioxide as the average Chinese citizen and about 20 times as much as the average Indian.

Because Will and others are working hard to foster skepticism about the science, he may be right that skepticism is growing, but the evidence that global warming is a huge problem is moving in precisely the opposite direction.

If the U.S. acts, we have good reason to believe developing nations will conclude that most of them will be hit as hard or harder by warming than developed nations, that there are effective ways to mitigate global warming without destroying the economy and that we are all in this together.

— Conway Leovy, Seattle

Welcome to Heattle

After waking up for the third time last night, I rolled over and saw Seattle change to Heattle.

It certainly captures our family’s sentiments about the weather this week. Off to swim in Lake Washington.

— Timothy Colman, Seattle

Come to Hawaii, where it’s cooler than Seattle

Seattle’s heat wave has created a convenient truth for Hawaii’s struggling visitor industry.

While you are facing the possibility of an all-time high of 101 degrees today, it will be a shivery 83 degrees here on beautiful Kaneohe Bay. And we have the trade winds.

We anticipate full-page ads from the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau in markets like yours screaming: “Beat the heat. Visit subtropical Hawaii and chill!”

— Walter Wright, Kaneohe, Hawaii

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