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Regarding Peter Hannaford’s article, he says that the National Climate Data Center now admits that “2008 will turn out to be our coldest year since 1997.” However, looking at their website, I read the following in their report on 2008:
“The year 2008 is on track to be one of the ten warmest years on record for the globe, based on the combined average of worldwide land and ocean surface temperatures, according to a preliminary analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. For November alone, the month is fourth warmest all-time globally, for the combined land and ocean surface temperature. The early assessment is based on records dating back to 1880.”
So, where do they say what Mr Hannaford (and some others, I
believe) is attributing to them? Don’t get me wrong, I’m inclined
to believe that 2008 has indeed been a colder year. But where
does the NCDC admit this?
— Peter Kenny
Editor’s note: Mr. Kenny might consult this USA Today report from January 8, which begins: “The USA’s 2008 annual temperature of 53 degrees was the coolest since 1997, federal climate scientists announced Thursday.”
THANKS FOR NOTHING
Condoleezza says we’ll thank Bush? OK, thanks for:
— J. Andrew Smith
Bloomfield, New Jersey
REGARDING THE CHILDREN
Some children are cherished,
Some used as shields.
These are the realities
Do we blame the defenders
Who fight for their young
And champion the militants
Who safeguard no one?
Let reason prevail
Put emotions aside.
In whom do the hopes
Of the children reside?
— Mimi Evans Winship
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?