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Letters to the editor Oct. 2

| October 2, 2023 12:00 AM

Misinformation about CO2

“Rows and flows of angel hair And ice cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere I’ve looked at clouds that way But now they only block the sun They rain and snow on everyone... I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now... And still somehow it’s cloud illusions I recall I really don’t know clouds at all”

These excerpts from the lyrics of Joni Mitchell’s 1966 hit “Both Sides Now” serve to describe the beauty and confusion about clouds.

Research physicist John F. Clauser has gone public with his clarification of the importance of clouds as pertaining to the climate. He has challenged the prevailing climate models’ exclusion of the effect of clouds on climate change.

The focus on CO2 being detrimental has caused incredible harm to the economy and even the natural environment. Nobel prize winner Clauser is joined by over 1,600 professionals in signing the World Climate Declaration which asserts that there is no “climate emergency” and that the earth’s history shows a consistently changing climate.

He points out that the IPCC reports on 40 computer models were full of sloppy work failing to explain the past century’s climate or future climate expectations. Clausen believes clouds are the missing piece in the models.

Simply put, clouds are the earth’s temperature thermostat. When present, about 50% of the sun’s light and heat are blocked and let through clear skies. Clear skies over oceans invite more evaporation equaling more clouds resulting in cooling and rain. The heating and cooling cycles constantly perform their dance, keeping general earth temperatures within consistent ranges.

Constant misinformation about CO2 and demonizing “fossil” fuel serves no purpose other than misdirecting money and energy to a fool’s errand. Working to reduce pollution is commendable; following real science is a must.

— Gary Goers, Kalispell