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Guest Commentary: Global climate change


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest

Recently a frequent contributor to this publication wrote a letter addressing several environmental issues, advocating drastic reductions in fossil fuel use to reduce carbon outputs. How many times have we heard the President say “The science is settled” or “97% of climate scientist’s agree global climate change needs to be stopped” I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at this time and have taken several science classes. One common thread in all of them is science is NEVER considered settled, you always leave the door open just a bit to allow for new discoveries that may change what we currently know or believe.

Alfred Wegener was a climatologist who first proposed the idea of tectonic plates. He based this theory on the shape of the coastlines of eastern South America and western Africa, and how they appear to fit together. He also looked at the similar rocky coastlines of Eastern Canada and Ireland and how similar they appeared. His ideas were scoffed at first. How could this “weatherman” come up with something like that? Land masses don’t move! After the invention of submarines that could take soil borings off the ocean floor, he was proven correct. This is a good example of why you don’t slam the door shut on an idea, something will come along and shake things up. So why do we keep hearing the science is settled? If you hear a lie long enough you start to believe it.

I began to wonder how they came up with the 97% number too. This is good! Some researcher sent out over 10,000 surveys containing two very generic climate questions that almost anyone who has studied climate would agree with. A little over 3,000 surveys were returned. Of these 3,100 surveys all but 77 were eliminated, and 75 of those answered “yes” to this question,

“Do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?” So what constitutes “significant”? Does “changing” include both cooling and warming… and for both “better” and “worse”? And which contributions…does this include land use changes, such as agriculture and deforestation?http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/18/about-that-overwhelming-98-number-of-scientists-consensus/

That 97 % is at least inaccurate at least if not just a big fat lie. The Wall Street Journal reports of a blogger from Australia looking at 11,000 abstracts of papers and coming up wit .....
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Impacting our communities

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Tim Penny, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Recently, our Foundation (Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation) held its annual community luncheon in Spring Valley. Each year, we do this type of community visit to celebrate our accomplis ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Pipeline a safe source

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest, Spring Valley I have read several letters against the Keystone XL pipeline. I am having trouble seeing why we should not build it. Some of the arguments make it sound like this is something new and we don’t understand the technol ..... 
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Musical Comedy, “Paint Your Wagon” coming

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

“Got a Dream Boy, got a song, paint your wagon and come along! “So says a well-known song from the musical comedy, Paint Your Wagon. With music by Lerner and Lowe, the show debuted on Broadway in 1951 and will hit the stage as part of the 40th A ..... 
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