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Don’t believe the hype 

To The Coast,

Man, I never write in to reply to editorials, but Kyle Shaw's "The mess is the message" (April 20) made me think. Starting from scratch on global warming is exactly what we need. There have been so many conflicting predictions about what global warming has, is or is about to do. Look at the forecasts in the '80s, when global warming was first "discovered." They predicted a two-to-three degree rise in temperature by now. Actual data supports a rise closer to 0.2 degrees. Look at another "sign," glaciers---they are constantly changing, being in flux is normal. Look at the urban-island heat effect as a reason our cities feel hotter. I'm not saying that releasing mass amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere isn't bad, but we're expected to believe that carbon dioxide (which takes up less than one percent of the atmosphere) is responsible for a worldwide problem that will kill us all. That alone makes me a skeptic, as the math involved is ridiculous. Global warming is largely a fad.

By S. Hagan

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