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Global Warming Jihadists
By Alan Miller


June 29, 2006

Well, I have tried to keep my big fat mouth shut throughout this entire argument but I just gotta say: Mr. Seibert refers to "Jihadists" when he makes reference to anyone concerned about global warming.

While there is no definition of "Jihadists", one can assume that this is what he meant:

Definition of Jihad:
1 : a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; also : a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline
2 : a crusade for a principle or belief

I am assuming that Mr. Seibert is referring to definition #2. And I applaud him for coining this unique phrase. I suppose my thoughts on Intelligent Design will brand me with the Red Letter "Darwinistic Jihadist." But that is another story...

That being said, let me point out a few glaring discrepancies in the statements made by Mr. Seibert and Mr. Branco while they were attacking Ms. Mareck.

In 2005 the National Science Academies of the G8 (Group of Eight) nations and Brazil, China and India, three of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the developing world, signed a statement on the global response to climate change. The statement stresses that the scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action, and explicitly endorsed the IPCC consensus.

The United Research Council concluded greenhouse gases are accumulating in Earth's atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise. Temperatures are, in fact, rising. The changes observed over the last several decades are likely mostly due to human activities, but we cannot rule out that some significant part of these changes is also a reflection of natural variability. Human-induced warming and associated sea level rises are expected to continue through the 21st century.

And as far as the blaming the Sun or as we geeks know it: Solar Forcing or Solar Variation . Come on give us a break.

Finally, if you re-read Ms. Mareck s statement the key word is "perhaps". Last time I checked, "perhaps" did not mean, if, shall or will. I don't find her statement threatening in the least but rather informative. Let me ask the two of you this question:

If your couches caught fire while you were lying there watching CNN, would you try to put them out with Kerosine? Gentlemen, if an individual or a group wants to do their part to inform society of these impacts, let them. It doesn't hurt you or your world. If they can afford to drive a Hybrid (and most of us can't) then let them drive in those creepy little cars. If people want to make a difference and it doesn't affect you, why argue?

I would also like to add that given the situation in today's world, I would love to step out on my deck and spray a can of "Brut by Faberge" into the air and end life as we know it.

Alan Miller
Ketchikan, AK - USA


About: Alan Miller writes: "Life long Alaskan, 6 Years as a tax-payer in Ketchikan. 100% supporter of John Maki and Larry Eklund! Huge fan and supporter of SITNEWS and the Kauffmans."

Related Viewpoints:

letter Global Warming: Planet is resilient & tolerant of both man & nature By Patrick Branco - Ketchikan, AK - USA

letter Global Warming By Marvin Seibert - Colorado Springs, CO - USA

letter Global Warming By Anne Mareck - Houghton, MI - USA

letter Global Warming By Keith Page - Calgary, Canada



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