Concerning the letter, "We need to heed the pope's call to action," in the Sept. 30 DCI: The pope and President Obama are flat out wrong on global warming and climate change. Satellite temperature data taken since 1978, and satellite sea-level data since 1992 confirm no measureable global warming in the past 36 years. The sea level is rising at 3.2 mm (1/8th inch) per year (http://sealevel.colorado.edu/), but if global warming were really occurring (the earth getting hotter year by year) the rate of melting of land glaciers would increase and sea level would rise even faster than it presently is, however a second order examination of extremely precise sea level data shows the rate of sea level rise has actually dropped from 3.2mm to 2.76 mm per year, which can only happen if there is a recent slight global cooling! (Sorry no records since the 13th century medieval warm period when the Vikings settled Greenland.)
For those of you who have a problem with "he said-she said" and know how to use Microsoft Excel, I invite you to download the actual global satellite temperature data from the Marshal Space Flight Center; they operate the satellite Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) that measures global temperatures from space. http://vortex.nsstc.uah.edu/data/msu/t2lt/tltglhmam_5.6.txt
If you plot the trend line from 1978 to 1998 when the satellites were changed out and upgraded, and from 1998 to last month (the data is upgraded month by month) you will find no change to average temperatures either warming or cooling for either of those periods! However, the two sets of satellites have a 1⁄2 F degree calibration error between them. To avoid mistaking this error for global warming is why the two trend lines must be used, or you can just be satisfied with 1998 to present (17 years) as being flat.
No global warming, no climate change! The author of "Pope's Call to Action," Michelle Amiott, by quoting the Quinnipiac poll, points out just how dumbed down, how gullible, how easily bought off and how easily led astray the world is. Leaders are not exempt, even the pope. There is a way to the truth; I'm afraid it requires that you actually look at real measurements, and not "he said-she said."
It's even worse; no global warming, but increased CO2 from power plants, cars and industry can actually double plant growth rate, and is presently used in most commercial greenhouses, including growing hot-house tomatoes! Has anyone considered the end of world hunger by doubling plant growth via increased CO2? Using the EPA to wreck the economy, actually harming the world and humanity, is flat out stupid, or if not stupid, evil.