Sample Letters/Rants

[Note that the earlier letters contain the old "mindspring" internet address rather than the current address which is http://home.earthlink.net/~icedneuron.]

The Augusta Chronicle

April 24, 2001
Suzanne Downing
Editorial Page Editor
The Augusta Chronicle

Dear Ms. Downing,

I agree with the editorial in Sunday’s Augusta Chronicle (04/22/01) that the climate crisis is too important to be dealt with in a "politics as usual" way.  Nevertheless, the editorial contained an important factual error concerning global warming that should be corrected.  To do so requires (and deserves, I think) more space than a Letter to the Editor is usually allowed.  I ask, therefore, that you publish the attached essay (see below) as a Guest Column.>  I hope that you will give it your serious consideration.

If desirable, I could expand the piece somewhat and include references and some original graphics.  For example, I have a striking picture of the North American Ice Sheet at the height of the last glacial maximum and a good graphic illustrating the alternation between long, cold and short, warm phases of the climate cycle that the planet has endured for the last 3 million years.  It would also be nice to work in a suggestion that the Chronicle begin an online section concerning Georgia/Carolina's responses to the climate crisis.  This will become, I believe, a very big deal for the South in general and Georgia/Carolina in particular as the climate crisis worsens.

Please let me know what you think.

Sincerely yours,
S. David Stoney, Ph.D.
2132 Cumming Road
Augusta, GA 30904

Cc:
The Honorable Charlie Norwood
The Honorable Max Cleland
The Honorable Zell Miller

Yes, The Climate Crisis is Too Important for Business as Usual
by
S. David Stoney,Ph.D.

[Note:  I am a neuroscientist by trade, with a doctoral degree in Physiology from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.  I recently retired after 30 years of teaching and doing research on the nervous system at MCG.  During the last several years, I have been working on the issue of the neurobiological bases of human consciousness.  In looking at the historical development of human consciousness and some of the factors that may have contributed to its development, I stumbled across the fact of climate cycles and abrupt global climate change.  I have spent the last two years researching this topic and what follows is a synopsis of the data as I understand it.  Extensive references to books and articles upon which the statements made below are based will be found at http://david8.home.mindspring.com/Website.]

Our nation, along with the rest of the world, faces what is humanity’s greatest challenge since the advent of consciousness.  What I’m speaking about here is the task of adapting to global climate change.  Climate change can be likened to a gun pointing directly at the head of Western civilization, threatening all the values that we hold near and dear.  Our challenge is to maintain individual, political, and religious freedom, as well as free enterprise, in the face of the severe changes that Nature, by all objective accounts, seems to have in store for us.

Although some are of the opinion that global warming is an “unproved theory” (Augusta Chronicle editorial, April 22, 2001), such a point of view is incorrect; global warming is a fact of life.  Many episodes of global warming and cooling – all quite independent of human activities - have occurred on this planet in the distant past.  However, the most important period to consider with regard to our present predicament is the ice age that has gripped Earth for the last three million years.  According to the best available scientific evidence, it was during this time that we human beings ascended from the general line of primates.  And, during this entire period, the world was buffeted with a repeating series of long, cold, dry glacial phases lasting about 100,000 years that alternated with short, warm, wet interglacial phases of 10,000 to 15,000 years.  We, i.e., the human lineage, have, in fact, been through dozens of such climate cycles and we are currently at about 12,000 years and counting in the current interglacial period. 

During each glacial phase the average global temperatures were 10 – 15 degrees F cooler than during interglacial phases; however there were numerous, rapid swings between extremes.  Giant ice sheets formed: 18,000 years ago a giant ice sheet extended from the North Pole to about the level of the Pennsylvania – New York state line in the Northern Hemisphere and to about Northern France in Western Europe.  All of Canada, all of the northernmost states of the US, most of Great Britain, all of the Scandinavian countries, and most of Germany were under 100’s to 1,000s of feet of ice.  Suitable land for growing crops and for human habitation was severely reduced during these long, cold periods.  Sea level fell by about 200 feet around the globe due to so much fresh water being trapped as ice.   In contrast, during interglacial phases such as the one we are currently experiencing, warmer temperatures and a wetter climate allowed exuberant growth and extension of human activities into once ice-covered lands.

That global warming is, indeed, a fact of life is revealed by the absence of the ice sheet that formerly covered the northernmost latitudes.  In fact, global warming naturally increases - independently of human activity - during each interglacial phase as the massive ice sheets melt.  This occurs due to the fact that ice sheet melting decreases the earth’s reflectance of heat from the sun and this causes, apparently within certain limits, progressive global warming.  Today, many other signs of global warming are present.  The only aspect of global warming that is debatable is the extent to which our own activities, especially the generation of greenhouse gases during the last century or so, have accelerated the ongoing, natural global warming that is occurring during this interglacial phase.

Perhaps the most shocking recent finding regarding global climate is that it can swing between warm and cold phases in as short a period of time as a decade.  The possibility of startling rapid global climate change has been deduced from the concentration and type of dust particles, gases, and chemical isotopes trapped in different layers of ice recovered from deep ice cores from Greenland.  Presently there is a massive research effort underway to achieve more accurate predictions about climate change and the behavior of the ocean currents that seem to control the switching between warm and cold phases.  Ominously, recent modeling data suggests that the influx of relatively warm fresh surface waters into the North Atlantic due to global warming can trigger a change in direction of the deep ocean currents that are required to maintain Western Europe in a warm, habitable state.  Furthermore, recent data suggest that ocean currents have begun to change in the direction that, theoretically, should cause the onset of a new glacial phase in Europe.  This raises the possibility that the trigger of the climate change gun has already been pulled.  If so, then increasing greenhouse gas production and global warming, in order to buy time for adapting to the incipient glacial phase, may be the course of last resort.  Hopefully, this would be the case only if programs and initiatives to mitigate the effects of possibly rapid - even extremely rapid - rises in sea level, were in place.  Such rapid, large changes in sea level seem to have occurred at or near the end of the last two interglacial phases prior to this one.  I find it difficult, however, to imagine how we could maintain any semblance of moral leadership as a Nation if we were to choose such a course of action.

What we choose to do about this issue, here in Augusta, GA, and in our society as a whole, will depend on our courage, our decisions about what is most precious to us, and our willingness to put aside party politics for the sake of our Nation.  It is important to remember that this is the first time in human history that we have had the opportunity to consciously deal with and try to adapt to abrupt global climate change.  It is also important to realize that, through millennia of relatively stable conditions during this interglacial phase, our thinking has been conditioned and we have, as individuals and as a society, developed a number of bad habits that will require time and patience to rid ourselves of.>  Interestingly, George W. Bush, as a Republican President with conservative credentials, has the opportunity to be a national and world hero if he is willing to help lead our nation (and the world) toward a broader understanding of the challenges we face.  Under the best of circumstances, it will take many decades to come to grips with this issue and there will be no substitute for courageous, knowledgeable, honest leadership.  It seems likely to me, if the United States proves unable or unwilling to meet the challenge of the climate cycle, that our generation may, perhaps rightfully, earn the enmity of the world.  Now is not the time for either business or politics as usual: abrupt global climate change is an equal opportunity destroyer and shall, in the absence of adequate preparations, leave no group or individual unscathed.  If we succumb to our fear and fail to work together, then we shall surely hang separately.  Perhaps, however, we can avoid hanging together if, living in truth about the climate crisis, we are willing to work together to insure the survival of civilization across the interglacial/glacial transition.

In closing, this seems like a particularly good time to remember the following Sufi teaching story.  I pray that George W. Bush knows it.

A village man suddenly collapsed and the people thought that he was dead. So, after much festive mourning, they placed him in a coffin and proceeded toward the cemetery.

When they were nearly there the man regained consciousness and sat up in coffin, horrified. “Stop,” he said.

But the town’s people were frightened and uncertain what to do. They asked a respected authority who was with them, “What to do?”  “Is he dead or not?”

The authority, after considering the situation, turned to the throng accompanying the funeral procession and asked, “What do you think, is he dead or alive?”  The throng answered, “He is dead.”

The authority nodded and said, “There, you have your answer.”  So, the throng pushed the man back down into his coffin  and proceeded to bury him.

 

[The Augusta Chronicle chose not to publish my material as a Guest Column, so I submitted a shorter letter to the Editor that was given a title by the newspaper.]

Climate changes are nothing new

Web posted Saturday, May 5, 2001, The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, GA, USA

Editor, The Chronicle

Global warming and cooling are facts of life. Although some believe that global warming is an ``unproved theory'' (Augusta Chronicle editorial, April 22) such a point of view is incorrect. In fact, during the last 3 million years the world went through a repeating series of long, cold, dry glacial phases lasting about 100,000 years that alternated with short, warm, wet interglacial phases lasting 10,000 to 15,000 years. Our distant ancestors went through dozens of such climate cycles.

During each glacial phase, average global temperatures are 10 - 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than during interglacial phases; giant ice sheets form over the Northern Hemisphere and Western Europe. Eighteen thousand years ago an ice sheet extended from the North Pole to about the level of the Pennsylvania - New York state line. Suitable land for growing crops and for human habitation is, of course, severely reduced and sea level falls by about 200 feet.

During each interglacial phase - such as the one we have been in for 12,000 years - global warming occurs due to a decrease in the Earth's albedo (solar heat reflectance). The progressively warmer, wetter climate allows exuberant growth and extension of human activities into once ice-covered lands. Clearly, the absence of the ice sheet that formerly covered much of our continent is irrefutable proof of global warming.

It is important to remember that this is the first time in human history that we have had the opportunity to consciously try to adapt to the threat of abrupt global climate change. We must also remember that climate can switch between warm and cold phases in as short a period of time as a decade and that large (20-30 feet), rapid increases in sea level occurred at the end of the last two interglacial periods.

Hopefully, George W. Bush will have the courage to, as promised, put partisan politics aside and will lead our nation (and the world) toward a better understanding of the challenges we face. Now is the time for neither business nor politics as usual. Abrupt global climate change is an equal opportunity destroyer that will, in the absence of adequate preparations, leave no group or individual unscathed.

S. David Stoney, Augusta.

 

The Honorable Charlie Norwood

[Slightly modified version of a written letter to the US Congressman Charlie Norwood of Georgia on June 20, 2001.  I had sent Rep. Norwood a copy of my proposed Guest Column on Global Warming for the Augusta Chronicle, to which he had cordially responded. Hardcopies of this letter and the attached materials, along with a cover letter, were also sent to Senators Miller and Cleland of Georgia and Hollings and Thurmond of South Carolina.]

June 20, 2001
The Honorable Charlie Norwood
Congress of the United States
House of Representative
1007 Longworth Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Norwood,

Thank you for your thoughtful response to my e-mail and essay concerning the global warming/cooling issue. The Augusta Chronicle chose not to publish my essay as a Guest Column, so I had to publish a shortened version of it as a Letter to the Editor. It appeared a week or so after my email to you. The implications of the information on imminent global cooling are so severe, so remindful –among other things - of our human mortality, that few people are willing to seriously consider them. Unfortunately, either denial or fatalism in the presence of abrupt climate change will almost certainly be lethal to our civilization and all the hard won human values for which our ancestors have fought and died. I hope that you can appreciate that my concern is first and foremost for our community and not to champion any particular point of view, other than, if it comes to that, preferring to "hang together," rather than "hang separately." I am convinced that, absent bipartisan efforts to lead the country through the interglacial/glacial phase transition, there is a good chance that we shall revert to more primitive ways of settling our differences.

You are correct - and I, too, have come to believe - that CO2 may not be the main culprit in the global warming story. As I hope you noticed, my intention was to encourage consideration of global warming in its natural context, the global climate cycle. I have attached a copy of a recent press release from an Ohio State scientist who worries that the next glacial phase is already starting and that global warming will come to its ‘natural’ end in 10 or 20 years. I have also attached a copy of a recent letter I sent (email) to NPR’s Talk of the Nation – Science Friday show. It summarizes my understanding of the current situation. My gut feeling is that Dr. Essenhigh is correct, though I cannot prove it. You appreciate, I’m sure, that it is very unlikely that we will be "sure" about what is happening until it is too late to generate a creative, consciously planned adaptation. For good measure, I have also included copies of some pages from my website, Iced Neuron: Consciousness, Climate, and Freedom.

Well, enough is enough. I hope you’ll give this issue further consideration and staff research time. Isn’t it time we formed a regional compact to address this issue? Georgia (and other Southern States) will be hammered by migrations from Florida (due to sea level rise) and from the North (due to decreasing temperatures), so whatever we can start doing now in terms of protecting our resources and preparing to make all the help we can available to our neighbors will be useful to us later. My belief is that the youth of our nation are desperate to help generate a new vision for our country and that they - and a great many others among those too cynical to even vote today – will rally round leadership that takes the climate cycle seriously, holds hope close to the heart, and rejects dishonesty, denial, and fatalism. It is my strongest opinion that, in the absence of a new vision, this country threatens to suffocate in its own physical, emotional, and spiritual garbage. To put it another way, if the climate cycle is natural, and if human beings are natural, then it would be un-natural not to seriously address the issue. It would also be un-natural, for example, to expect all of the adaptations that worked so well during the beginning and middle portions of this interglacial phase to suffice for carrying us through the interglacial/glacial transition. If this means rethinking the way we do things, with a sharp eye toward preserving our most cherished values, then so be it.

Sometimes I wonder if our failure to reach out to each other on this issue is at the heart of the postmodern discontent? Has the accumulation of wealth become more valuable to our nation than either consciousness or freedom?

If you have any thoughts or questions on these issues, I would be happy to hear from you.

All the best,

S. David Stoney, Ph.D.
2132 Cumming Road
Augusta, Georgia 30904

PS. Good luck on the Patient’s Rights Bill. Thanks for sticking up for us and for sticking to your guns. Special interests deserve to be heard, but they should not trump the needs of this country and its citizens.

PPS. Is it just me, or is G. W. Bush, in fact, a loose cannon?

Cc:
The Honorable Strom Thurmond
The Honorable Fritz Hollings
The Honorable Max Cleland
The Honorable Zell Miller

 

NPR's Science Friday

[Slightly modified version of a letter sent to National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation - Science Friday show about global warming on June 15, 2001.]

Dear Science Friday,

There are six very important points that I hope you will touch upon in your consideration of global warming issues later today.

First, I hope that you plan to present the global warming issue in the context of the on-going global climate cycle. Most Americans are woefully ignorant about the repetitive pattern of long, cold, dry glacial phases and short, warm, wet interglacial phases that has persisted for the last 3 million or so years. [The graphic image below illustrates the basic pattern of the climate cycle.  The main graph is over-simplified in not showing the "jitter" in global temperatures, where sometimes rapid "flip-flops" between temperature extremes, that were common during the last glacial phase.]

                                                 CyclicClimatePattern4.jpg (20818 bytes)

Cyclic climate pattern of alternating cold, dry glacial periods and warm, wet interglacial periods. This pattern has prevailed during the current ice age, which has lasted for three million years 3 . Transitions between glacial and interglacial phases may occur within as short a period of time as a decade. Marked variations in sea level occurred near the end of the last two interglacial periods. Upward slope of interglacial phase temperatures reflect the progressive decrease in earth's albedo as the polar ice caps shrink. Insert shows rapid fluctuations in temperature that occurred during the last glacial phase.

Second, please make the point that global warming always occurs during the interglacial phase of the climate cycle, regardless of human activities. This means, of course, that the issue is not global warming per se, but the extent to which human production of greenhouse gases is increasing the rate of global warming. The figure below shows the maximum extent of the North American ice sheet during the last glacial phase.   The absence of the ice sheet now is proof positive that global warming, regardless of human contributions, is natural and real! [Failure to distinguish natural global warming, due, for example, to the progressive decrease in the earth’s reflectance of the sun’s heat as the ice sheets melt, from anthropogenic warming due to greenhouse gases, makes reasonable argument impossible and plays into the hands of the special interests.]

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Maximum extent of ice sheets on the North American continent during the last glacial period. Note the changed shoreline, especially along the East and Gulf coasts.  This resulted from the marked lowering of sea level due to sequestration of water, as ice, in the ice sheets.

Third, please point out that global warming is, according to the evidence of climate science and 3 million years of planetary history, a naturally limited process. Apparently, when the earth warms enough and the surface waters of the North Atlantic ocean become sufficiently warm and less saline, they fail to subside (sink). This stops the formation of southerly flowing deep ocean currents, whose movement, in fact, is what serves to draw the warm surface waters northward in the first place. As less and less warm water is drawn northward in the Atlantic ocean a cooling trend in Western Europe develops that, if it persists, becomes the next glacial phase of the earth’s climate cycle. Thus, the real danger of global warming is that it will likely trigger the next glacial phase. [In fact, evidence indicates that some deep ocean currents in the North Atlantic have recently slowed or stopped. Furthermore, Spring is coming later and later in Scotland. In contrast, in the US Spring is coming earlier and earlier. In short, the planet seems to be teetering on the cusp of abrupt global climate change. The current research program with ocean sensors that can descend to different depths and periodically return to the surface to send signals to satellites will give a much better picture of this in the next few years.]

Fourth, please note that CO2 has a very long lifetime in the atmosphere and that it will take nearly 200 years for CO2 levels to begin to fall if we stopped adding it to the atmosphere today! [We need to begin plans to deal with the next glacial phase and not just focus on global warming.]

Fifth, note that the data from Greenland ice cores indicates that past changes between warm and cold climate phases could occur in as short a period of time as a century or even a decade. Failure to plan for the glacial phase of the climate cycle, which due to its very large reduction in habitable land area will be the civilization-buster, will likely mean the end of freedom and democracy. [President Bush may be correct in turning away from limiting CO2 – it may be too late for that – but he risks being a goat rather than a hero unless he takes the climate cycle as a whole into account.

Sixth, note that science is not about absolute certainties. Science generates "best guesses," some of which are very good, but all of which are subject to revision when more or better data comes to light. The data summarized above is the current "best guess" about the earth’s climate and is accepted by practically all earth scientists. [The risk to civilization associated with the next glacial phase is too great to ignore. We do not have the luxury of waiting for absolutely certain predictions about exactly when the next glacial phase will start before beginning our adaptations.   No one knows how rapidly the inhospitable glacial phase conditions will develop, so waiting until we're sure the glacial phase has begun could put all of humanity's advances during this interglacial phase at risk.]

Well, I know this is a lot for you to deal with, but it represents part of the basic scientific knowledge about the global warming issue that any commentator who reports on this topic should know. I hope that you will educate yourselves on this critical issue and provide balanced coverage for your audience; such coverage is desperately needed. William H. Calvin, Ph.D., has written on this issue (and briefed the top brass at the Pentagon). Why don’t you try to get him on a SciFri program?  You could call it "Global Warming’s Evil Twin." [See http://www.williamcalvin.com]

Sincerely yours,
S. David Stoney, Ph.D.
(706) 7360619

PS. I am a retired Neuroscientist working on a book on embodied human consciousness. In the course of researching factors that may have influenced the transition from the strongly perceptual consciousness of most mammals to the strongly conceptual consciousness of modern human beings, I ran across the information on the earth’s climate cycle. Although the current cycle is by no means characteristic of the planet for all (or even very much) of geological time, the 3 million year period it has most recently been present is exactly the same period of time during which we human beings separated from our primate forebears. We ignore it at our peril. For a CV and references, see http://david8.home.mindspring.com/Website.

 

Senator Max Cleland (and Zell Miller, Ernest Hollings, and Strom Thurmond)

[Cover letter for materials sent by regular mail to Senators Cleland, Hollings, Miller, and Thurmond concerning the materials on global warming and the earth's climate cycle that was sent to Rep. Charlie Norwood.  Copies of all of the materials that were sent to Norwood were also sent to the other Senators.]

June 21, 2001
The Honorable Max Cleland
217 Russell Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Cleland,

Enclosed are copies of materials concerning the global climate cycle that I have sent to Congressman Charlie Norwood, who represents the area of Augusta, Georgia.

Although there is a great deal of shouting and arm waving about mankind’s contribution to global warming, the fact is that global warming happens in every interglacial phase of the climate cycle. Failure to recognize that global warming may soon end, with the earth entering the much longer and more dangerous glacial phase of the climate cycle, could be disastrous for our country and our most cherished values.

I hope that you and your staff will take the time to review this material and begin establishing your own database about the threat of global cooling. I believe that we in the southeast, which was the most habitable area of the North American continent at the peak of the last glacial maximum about 18,000 years ago, should forge ahead with planning on this issue, whether or not the US government as a whole chooses to address the issue at this time.

I know that this probably seems like an unlikely or a very remote threat. To put it in perspective, I would judge the risk to be significantly greater than the risk of North Korea or Iraq firing nuclear warheads our way. It is important to understand, I think, that this is the first time human beings have had the opportunity to consciously deal with the possibility of abrupt global climate change. We also need to remember that our thinking is strongly conditioned: we are used to thinking in terms of creationism or in terms of uniformity, with very slow changes in climate that would be easy to adapt to. We now know that modern human beings have been around for at least 100,000 years and that the climate can shift from a warm to a cold phase in as short a period of time as a decade. The point is that beginning to think in the new ways that may be required is going to be hard to do and probably will take a lot of time. Coming to grips with this problem in a way that preserves our dearest values is a fitting challenge for homo sapiens sapiens and will require the best from all citizens. Surely a bipartisan approach, with maximum involvement and education of local communities, would be the approach most likely to succeed. I hope that you will talk with your southeastern colleagues about our best approach to this looming problem.

Please let me know if your have any questions or comments.

Sincerely yours,

S. David Stoney, Ph.D.
2132 Cumming Road
Augusta, GA 30904

Cc:
Senator Zell Miller
Senator Ernest Hollings
Senator Strom Thurmond
Congressman Charlie Norwood

 

Senator John Kerry

Email, January 23, 2002, following Senator Kerry's speech on energy policy (See Kerry Speech).

Dear Senator Kerry,

I have been impressed over the years with your apparent honesty. I hope that you will run for President. Perhaps you could use Abraham Lincoln's aphorism as a campaign theme: "If we could first know where we are, and wither we are trending, we could better judge what to do and how to do it." Abraham Lincoln, cited in T. C. Davies, Medical education today, S.C. Med. Assoc. J. 73:421-4.

Nevertheless, your proposed energy policy is shortsighted, as is almost everyone's. By the "bowels of Christ" I pray that you will reconsider. We must have an energy policy that takes into account the earth's climate cycle. Since we may be about to enter the next glacial phase (for factual information about the climate cycle and abrupt global climate change go to http://david8.home.mindspring.com/Website), we should extract oil from the Arctic while we can, before the ice sheets begin to reform or severe, persistent cold makes extraction impossible. HOWEVER, WE SHOULD SAVE THAT OIL FOR LATER USE IN A VASTLY EXPANDED PETROLEUM RESERVE FOR OUR COUNTRY.

Senator Kerry, it's time to get honest about a lot of things, and a very large number of people who are disgusted with the lying and dissembling that passes for politics as usual in Washington know it. The climate crisis is one of those things! Let's get real about climate, real about our longterm need for fossil fuel, real about having to modify some of our behaviors, and, while we're at it, keep the labor vote. You know that you can't win without Labor. The youth of this country (and all the rest of us who are so disgusted with the triumph of greed that we don't vote) are ready for a real leader, one who tells them the TRUTH. There is nothing that "we the people" cannot accomplish if, with a leader with foresight, we work together for the betterment of our country, not just the wealthy and the corporations! The country simply can no longer afford either "the best politicians that money can buy" or the election of Presidents whose campaigns are based on lies.

Please, please, please have the courage to help lead our great Nation in coming to grips with the evil twins of the climate crisis: global warming that will probably trigger abrupt global cooling. Rest assured that the people of the country will rally behind you if you lead from a position of truth.

Sincerely yours,

S. David Stoney, Ph.D.
Iced Neuron: Consciousness, Climate, and Freedom (http://david8.home.mindspring.com/Website)

 

Mr. Ralph Nader

[Email, February 24, 2004, following the release of the report to the Pentagon detailing the catastrophic effects of a climate collapse as we head into the next glacial phase.]

Dear Mr. Nader:

You are correct, Washington, D.C., is a zone of corrupt corporate control. And, you are also right that Mr. Bush's lies about Iraq are grounds for impeachment. But neither of those issues is the most important one for you to focus on in your election campaign!

Presently, we teeter on the cusp of global climate change, with the thermohaline circulation (the likely trigger for the next glacial phase) ominously declining. Even Andrew Marshall, the highly respected adviser to the Pentagon, is very worried about it. Attached are copies of a recent Observer/UK article about the report and a copy of the report prepared for the Pentagon.

If you intend to prominently raise the issue of looming climate catastrophe (due to a change to glacial phase conditions), then I will strongly support you, anywhere, anytime! You actually may be the only candidate who can realistically raise this issue. Please do not waste the opportunity! Think about it: your introduction of this topic as a major issue will totally change the dynamic of the election campaign. This wild card might even allow you to win what is otherwise a losing proposition (again). Because the transition to the next glacial phase is "an equal opportunity destroyer," acknowledging the climate crisis - and beginning a national dialogue about how to best plan for it - can act as a cognitive capstone to deflect our society's trajectory from the pathway to maximum destruction that it is currently on. This issue, and this issue alone, is what will bring out the 100 million or so unregistered voters; they are waiting for your courageous leadership. Also, just think about how vulnerable Bush is on this issue, it could be the nail in the coffin of his administration.

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions about the earth's ongoing climate cycle and the possibly imminent change to glacial phase conditions.

All the best,

S. David Stoney, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Physiology
Medical College of Georgia
(semi-retired)
POB 523
McClellanville, SC 29458

PS. For an accurate picture of the earth's climate cycle and the possibility of a quick change to glacial phase conditions see http://home.earthlink.net/~icedneuron and www.consciousnessandclimate.net

 

Senators John Kerry and John Edwards

[Emails, February 24, 2004, following the release of the report to the Pentagon detailing the catastrophic effects of a climate collapse as we head into the next glacial phase.]

Dear Senator Kerry [Edwards],

Congratulations on your very successful progress in the Democratic primaries. I agree with much that you have done and hope that you will continue to do well. There is a critically important issue, however, that you must not allow Mr. Bush to get out in front on.

That issue is the threat of impending global climate change, in particular the change to glacial phase conditions (see the article about the report commissioned by Andrew Marshall, head of the Office of Net Assessment, at http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0222-01.htm).

If you let Mr. Bush take the lead on this issue (and he will have to address it before the movie about a catastrophic change to glacial phase conditions comes out on May 28th, see http://www.thedayaftertomorrow.com) you will be making a strategic error that may cost you the election. Believe me, the political leader who has the courage to lead on this issue will win the election because the issue is real and it is, irrevocably, upon us.

For information on the reality of the earth's climate cycle and abrupt global climate change see http://home.earthlink.net/~icedneuron and http://www.consciousnessandclimate.net. A copy of the report prepared for the Pentagon at Andrew Marshall's request, "An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for the United States National Security" by Peter Schwartz and Doug Randall, can be downloaded from the Iced Neuron website. See http://home.earthlink.net/~icedneuron/AGCC2.htm, for a brief description of our present predicament and for a current list of movies, links, and books about abrupt climate change.

If I can be of any assistance to you or your staff on this issue please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please do not allow Mr. Bush to co-opt this issue. He is extremely vulnerable on the issue of climate change and is irrefutably the exactly wrong person to have in charge as our great nation begins the task of addressing it!

All the best,

S. David Stoney, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Physiology
Medical College of Georgia
(semi-retired)
POB 523
McClellanville, SC 29458

 

Editorial Board, NYT

[Email, February 24, 2004, after noting that the NYT apparently chose not to publish a story on the Pentagon report detailing the catastrophic effects of a climate collapse as we head into the next glacial phase.]

To the Editorial Board,

Now there have been two major articles (Fortune magazine and Observer/UK) about the report to the Pentagon detailing a "plausible" climate collapse scenario and you are giving a Bush campaign speech advocating a ban on gay marriage front page coverage. Have you taken leave of your senses?

The report to the Pentagon, a copy of which can be downloaded from http://home.earthlink.net/~icedneuron, concludes that the threat of abrupt climate change is a national security issue greater than the war on terrorism. And, you apparently don't think that's worth a story!!!

God help us all.

Sincerely,
S. David Stoney, Jr., Ph.D.

 

Jim Motavalli, Editor, E/The Environmental Magazine

[Email, February 24, 2004,following the release of the report to the Pentagon detailing the catastrophic effects of a climate collapse as we head into the next glacial phase.]

Dear Jim,

Considering your recent article on the threat of triggering a switch to glacial phase conditions ("The Reckoning"), you must be interested in the recent report to the Pentagon detailing a climate collapse scenario. The Observer/UK did an article about the report, which was commissioned by Andrew Marshall, head of the Office of Net Assessment. That article is available at http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0222-01.htm). Fortune magazine also did an article that summarizes the report, which I have attached. The report itself is available at my Iced Neuron website (scroll down to the Table of Contents).

I expect that you are aware of the forthcoming movie about a catastrophic change to glacial phase conditions that will premier on May 28th (see http://www.thedayaftertomorrow.com). That along with the alarming report to the Pentagon may force Mr. Bush to 'talk the talk' about climate change. Ideally, the opposition candidates will take up the issue before he does. If they do not, then who could possibly beat a "War President" who also claims to be a "Climate Change Hero?" I hope that EMagazine will encourage Mr. Bush's opponents to take on this issue first. I expect they will need some pushing and some educating.

For information on the reality of the earth's climate cycle and abrupt global climate change see ...[yada, yada, yada.]

If I can be of any assistance to you or your staff on this issue please do not hesitate to contact me.

All the best,
S. David Stoney, Jr., Ph.D.

 

Doug Randall, Global Business Network

[Email, February 24, 2004, to one of the authors of the report to the Pentagon, regarding some sloppy talk in an interview about the report.]

Dear Mr. Randall,

Thank you very much for your well done report on an abrupt climate change scenario.

You were quoted, regarding the climate collapse scenario, as saying, "It's an unlikely event, and the Pentagon often thinks the unthinkable and that's all this was."

In fact, the event has a 100% probability of happening in the next, say, million years and probably a 99% probability of happening in the next 5-10,000 years. Many climate scientists believe that it has a high probability (p>.2 or .3?) of happening in the next century, perhaps even the next couple of decades. The fact is that the earth's climate cycle has been going on for nearly three million years and does not seem to show any signs of stopping any time soon. It is also a fact that there is a growing body of evidence that suggests we are entering a cooling phase.

The point is that it is misleading not to specify the time period to which the term "unlikely" applies. I think that you could be a little more forthcoming in your comments. It is one thing to admit that we cannot, at this time, assign probabilities to a climate collapse, and quite another thing to say that one is "unlikely." The latter seems closer to a hope than to a prediction.

In any case, thanks again for the fine report and for your willingness to comment on it. You and Peter Schwartz seem to have gotten most of it right, as far as I can tell. I hope that you will entertain my comments as reflecting a spirit of constructive criticism.

Cheers,
S. David Stoney, Jr., Ph.D.
PS. Have you seen the trailers for the forthcoming movie about climate collapse? Go to http://www.thedayaftertomorrow.com