Letters for Feb. 10, 2015

• Maybe 2014 wasn’t so warm after all • They no longer talk to me, yeah! • No more development, limit tourism until roads are improved

Maybe 2014 wasn’t so warm after all

A Time magazine article on global warming — oops, I mean climate change — uses a NASA report to present their argument for warming of the planet. So are many others who present this argument.

Well, from what I’ve learned, as it turns out, the model NASA climate scientists used was, uh, kind of shoddy. And by shoddy, I mean they’re only 38 percent sure that their hypothesis about 2014’s weather is true (via Daily Mail: The NASA climate scientists who claimed 2014 set a new record for global warmth admitted they were only 38 percent sure this was true.)

In a press release, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies claimed its analysis of world temperatures showed “2014 was the warmest year on record.” The claim made headlines around the world, but right after it emerged that GISS’s analysis — based on readings from more than 3,000 measuring stations worldwide — is subject to a margin of error.

NASA admits this means it is far from certain that 2014 set a record at all. Yet, the NASA press release failed to mention this, as well as the fact that the alleged “record” amounted to an increase over 2010, the previous “warmest year,” of just two-­hundredths of a degree — or 0.02C. The margin of error is said by scientists to be approximately 0.1C — several times as much. As a result, GISS’s director Gavin Schmidt has now admitted NASA thinks the likelihood that 2014 was the warmest year since 1880 is just 38 percent.

However, when asked by journalist Matt Vespa whether he regretted that the news release did not mention this, he did not respond. Another analysis, from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, drawn from 10 times as many measuring stations as GISS, concluded that if 2014 was a record year, it was by an even tinier amount.

In 2012, the UK Meteorological Office reported that global temperatures have virtually remained steady since 1997. So, global warming has pretty much stopped for nearly two decades. The Arctic ice cap was supposed to disappear in 2013, it actually grew by 533,000 square miles.

We’ve seen the creation of 19,000 Manhattans worth of sea ice, the calmest hurricane season in over three decades, the quietest tornado season in six decades, but don’t worry, global warming is real. Wait, it’s no longer global warming. Now it’s climate change.

Bob Bartolo


They no longer talk to me, yeah!

There are those who get annoyed and think they will punish you by no longer talking to you and giving you the silent treatment. Really?

These are the folks who have inflated egos to think that a punishment is not to hear their voice. Is that really going to upset me or make my life that much less stressful?

In fact, it’s one less “blabberer” around to have to pretend to listen to and act interested in.

These people are most often the ones who never shut up and it is actually a blessing when they think they are punishing you by not talking.

Maybe a real punishment would be having to listen to them. I guess the joke’s on them!

To those of you who have quit talking to me, may I say, “Mahalo nui loa.”

James “Kimo” Rosen


No more development, limit tourism until roads are improved

It’s just unacceptable to lose land dedicated for agriculture. When it’s built on, it’s gone forever. With HoKua Place, we will potentially have about 800 new residences, instead of the agriculture the 97 acres was designated for. Saturday’s article, “Grinding Gridlock,” quoted Kapaa Business Association Secretary Bob Bartolo: “In December, there were 100,955 visitors on Kauai and that’s going to continue to grow, so what are you going to do?”

He said visitor numbers was one reason there is so much traffic, plus the DOT traffic plans were for a population of 30,000.

Here’s what we are going to do, we are saying no more. No more developments. No more increases in tourism until our roads can hold the traffic we already have.

Our population is almost 70,000. Our visitor counts continue to increase with the help of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which continues to take more tax money from visitor accommodations than it returns to the counties for infrastructure and visitor wear and tear. Why does the HTA continue promoting our islands when we can’t keep up with what’s needed for ones we have now? We are saturated. Can we keep tourism on an even keel and stop trying for larger numbers year after year?

Yes, we can. We must.

How many more developments?

None. This has to stop.

Paulo Tombolo

Wailua Homesteads


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