Letters: Obama's czars, Reyes' move are destructive
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#1 Jul 17, 2009
Machismo Issue. The owner of Chico's tacos pretty much summed it up in his article in this week's time concerning "the Kiss". Normal people know that gay types exist and that we feel that they are disgusting, but we don't need to see it. Go back into the closet, and dont display that in your face attitude because 95% of El Pasoans feel this way.
#2 Jul 17, 2009
Gary Bonine thinks just like the typical delusional republican - his distorted mind can only express lies and distortions. And El Paso Times loves people like him...
#3 Jul 17, 2009
You can follow the money, but what you really need to follow are the melting glaciers and ice caps, the rise of oceans and seas, droughts, superstorms etc. Why did these foolish h. sapiens continue to foul their air and water? They had to experience the deadly results before they would stop denying that they were the culprits, and that their planet was in big trouble. These were the same "wise" men who said that the light bulb, radio, flying (above and beyond the Earth) were ridiculous notions.
"Obama is deliberately destroying this nation." What an absurd and ignorant statement; but the narrower the mind, the wider the statement.
#4 Jul 17, 2009
Isn't it wonderful!!
Obama's first budget will consume 28 percent of the entire GDP; state and local governments another 15 percent. While there is some overlap, in 2009, government will consume 40 percent of GDP.
The deficit for 2009 is $1.8 trillion, 13 percent of the whole economy. Obama is pushing a cap-and-trade bill to cut carbon emissions that will impose huge costs on energy production, spike consumer prices and drive production offshore to China, which is opting out of Kyoto II. The Chinese are not fools.
Obama plans to repeal the Bush tax cuts and take the income tax rate to near 40 percent. Combined state and local income tax rates can run to 10 percent. For the self-employed, payroll taxes add up to 15.2 percent on the first $106,800 for all wages of all workers. Medicare takes 2.9 percent of all wages above that. Then there are the state sales taxes that can run to 8 percent, property taxes, gas taxes, excise taxes and "sin taxes" on booze, cigarettes and, soon, hot dogs and soft drinks. Yes folks, a $0.10 tax per soda. That's $2.40 added to a case of 24.
Then there is the national health insurance bill from Nancy Pelosi's House. A surtax that runs to 5.4 percent of all earnings of the top 1 percent of Americans, who already pay 40 percent of all federal income taxes, has been sent to the Senate. Included also is an 8 percent tax on the entire payroll of small businesses that fail to provide health insurance for employees. A $2,000 to $3,000 fine if you don't carry health insurance. Pay up people.
Other ideas on the table include taxing the health benefits that businesses provide their employees.
New Yorkers will face a combined income tax rate of nearly 60 percent.
Don't you just love what Obama is doing?
Since: Feb 08
#5 Jul 17, 2009
Isn't it funny how the ice caps have been melting since before the industrial age? The whole basis behind the theory of global warming is that humans cause it. B/S. The warming exists with or without us. It like blaming a guy flapping his arms for the wind blowing. The whole Green Religion is based on faulty logic and hypotheicals and will be proven for the farce it is.
“End the War on Arizona”
Since: Jan 08
#6 Jul 17, 2009
Nice try, intellectual child. There have been ice ages and passing of ice ages; truly significant global freezes and thaws. the last of these thawing cycles began thousands of years before the industrial age; the leftists' favorite buggaboo for all that ills the universe. Until you can begin showing evidence of significantly greater temperature excursions after the onset of industrialization than we know of before that era, you are merely performing acts of mental masturbation.
All real science loaughs at you!
#7 Jul 17, 2009
Speaking about masturbation, you abuse yourself and us with your bad spelling and own lack of factual stats. And this is not a leftist or rightist issue, but a science issue.
WASHINGTON, DC---May 29---More than 1,700 of the nation's most prominent scientists and economists today released a joint statement calling on policymakers to require immediate, deep reductions in heat-trapping emissions that cause global warming. Issued just days before the Senate begins debate on the Lieberman-Warner climate bill, the statement marks the first time leading U.S. scientists and economists have joined together to make such an appeal.(For the statement and the list of signatories, go to:
The statement stresses that implementing policies to achieve swift and substantial cuts is both economically sound and necessary to limit the worst consequences of climate change.
"There is a strong consensus that we must do something about reducing the emissions that cause global warming," said James McCarthy, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and one of the statement's authors. "The debate right now is about how much we need to cut. The fact that so many scientists and economists have spoken out and signed this letter should give policymakers the confidence that we can avert serious adverse climate impacts.."
Besides McCarthy, the statement authors include Mario Molina, a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry; Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) lead author; Stephen Schneider, a Stanford University climatologist and a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS); and Geoff Heal, an economist at Columbia University's Business School. The signatories, compiled by UCS, include six Nobel Prize winners in science or economics, 31 NAS members, and more than 100 IPCC authors and editors, who all shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
According to the statement, "the strength of the science on climate change" compelled the signers to warn policymakers of climate change's growing risks, including "sea level rise, heat waves, droughts, wildfires, snowmelt, floods and disease, as well as increased plant and animal species extinctions."
The statement notes that acting quickly to cut global warming pollution would be the most cost-effective way to limit climate change. If the United States delays taking action, future cuts would have to more drastic and would be much more expensive. Those costs would come in addition to the increased cost of adapting to more climate change. Conversely, the statement says smart reduction strategies would allow the economy to grow, generate new domestic jobs, protect public health, and strengthen energy security.
The statement concludes that the United States should reduce global warming pollution "on the order of 80 percent below 2000 levels by 2050" and that the first step should be reductions of 15 to 20 percent below 2000 levels by 2020. The statement calls on the United States to set an example and bring nations together to meet the climate challenge.
Columbia University economist Heal said the cost of inaction far outweighs the cost of addressing climate change. The costs of cutting emissions to safe levels would be between 1 and 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), he said, while the costs of allowing climate change to proceed unabated would be on the order of 10 to 20 percent of GDP.
#8 Jul 17, 2009
Scientists say global warming is undeniable
Scientists in the United States say they have confirmed beyond doubt that climate change is being caused by human activity.
The scientists have presented their findings to the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington.
They say a parcel of studies looking at the oceans and melting Arctic ice leave no room for doubt that it is getting warmer, people are to blame and the weather is going to suffer.
Tim Barnett of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography told the meeting that new computer models that look at ocean temperatures instead of the atmosphere show the clearest signal yet that global warming is well under way.
"The real place to look is in the ocean," Dr Barnett told a news conference.
His team used millions of temperature readings made by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to calculate steady ocean warming.
"The debate over whether or not there is a global warming signal is now over, at least for rational people," he said.
Dr Barnett urged US officials to reconsider.
"Could a climate system simply do this on its own? The answer is clearly no," Dr Barnett said.
Dr Barnett's team used US government models of solar warming and volcanic warming, just to see if they could account for the measurements they made.
Dr Barnett says the results were a resounding no, and the effects will be felt far and wide.
Ruth Curry of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution found that melting ice was changing the water cycle, which in turn affects ocean currents and, ultimately, climate.
"As the earth warms, its water cycle is changing, being pushed out of kilter," she said.
"Ice is in decline everywhere on the planet."
She added that a circulation system called the Ocean Conveyer Belt is in danger of shutting down. The last time that happened, northern Europe suffered extremely cold winters.
She said the changes were already causing droughts in the west of the United States, and Greenland's ice cap, which contains enough ice to raise sea levels globally by seven metres, is starting to melt and could collapse suddenly.
Ms Curry said freshwater is already percolating down, lubricating the base and making it more unstable.
Sharon Smith of the University of Miami found melting Arctic ice was taking with it algae that formed an important base of the food supply for a range of animals.
And the disappearing ice shelves meant big animals such as walruses, polar bears and seals were losing their homes.
#9 Jul 17, 2009
Mr. Reyes, the Jutep speaker, is a joke.
#10 Jul 17, 2009
Yup, kill the seniors to give to the illegals...bye bye Granny.
#11 Jul 17, 2009
Cap and Trade, Nationalized Health Care, and Amnesty will be the end of America. Something bigger, much larger is taking place though...World Governance, One World Government...must prepare yourselves in survival training.
“End the War on Arizona”
Since: Jan 08
#12 Jul 20, 2009
Settled science, huh? When did the earth come out of the last ice age and how many CENTURIES after that did the industrial age dawn?[Hint: Your answer must link production of CO2 with actual changes in the earth's global temperature" (what ever that is).]
Now, when you have finished your homework, for extra credit, please tell me by how many tons of CO2 emissions must we reduce global output (per unit time) in order to 1) arrest, and 2) reverse global temperature rise.
For even more extra credit, tell me whether your metric for measuring global warming or cooling takes into account conditions at the earth's core.
For even more extra credit, please describe how evil American use of fossil fuels in the pursuit of our ill-gotten capitalist gains produced the horrific living conditions at the earth's core.
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