[Ok-sus] Inhofe Premise No. 1

Kurt Atkinson Kurt.Atkinson at ag.ok.gov
Thu Mar 14 18:37:04 UTC 2013

The more we learn, the more it seems we don't know about the natural world. Although I enjoy the discussion of this group, it seems that we tend to focus too much on the negative. In partial response to the Inhofe Premise #1 about the role of people in causing climate change, I offer a small tidbit that might be of interest.

Scientists with the USDA Forest Service have been studying the high mortality rates of yellow-cedar trees in Alaska for many years. In 2012, they finally offered an explanation and did attribute the tree die-off to climate change, more specifically reduced snow pack. Tree mortality began to increase noticeably in the 1880s. In their study, they surmised that much of the native yellow-cedar found in Alaska was established during the Little Ice Age (a web search gives the dates of this event as 1300-1850) when there was a considerable cooling of the climate. These new growing conditions increased snowfall and allowed the species to propagate because predatory deer could not browse the seedlings and the heavy snowpack protected the roots from freezing.

When the Little Ice Age went away (for whatever reason), growing conditions in Alaska began to change and the species began to suffer higher mortality rates (more deer, more root freezing). The role that people played in bringing about the Little Ice Age in 1300 or its end around 1850 is beyond my conjecture. The USFS report of their study of yellow-cedar in Alaska can be accessed via the following link:


Kurt Atkinson
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From: Ok-sus [mailto:ok-sus-bounces at lists.oksustainability.org] On Behalf Of Harlan Hentges
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Subject: [Ok-sus] Inhofe Premise No. 1

In hopes of furthering the Inhofe discussion I am reposting four items in which I present four key statements from Inhofe's book and challenge anyone to provide credible information to support Inhofe's premises.

In The Greatest Hoax, (WND Books, 2012) on page iii, Inhofe claims the idea that climate change is man-made and potentially catastrophic has been "totally debunked," "totally refuted" "totally discredited."

If there is not at least one widely accepted report that climate change is not man-made and not potentially catastrophic, then there is no truth to Inhofe's claim. If there is no truth to his claim, then a U.S. Senator has written a book, the initial premise of which is demonstrably and totally false. If our Senators openly lie to us and we do not hold them accountable, our freedom and democracy are in jeopardy.

Can you find credible support for Inhofe's claim?

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