Editorial: Sandy sounds alarm on climate change

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 3, 2012 - 10:15 PM

Storm should mark the end of America's risky complacency.

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SnippetNov. 3, 12 8:15 PM

A hurricane hit the most populous portion of America and the death toll was around ... 60 persons. That is, to be sure, 60 tragedies, but anyone with any sense of proportion must recognize that any civilization that can absorb such an event with this rate of casualties is not one that deserves a scolding, but rather one that is clearly doing something right.

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elmore1Nov. 3, 12 8:39 PM

Interesting topic. Alaska had the worst winter in 50 years while Greenland melts. There must be something that can be done to reduce the risk. We need a moderate agenda in Washington to balance Green investments with management of known energy. I would like to see Obama or Romney move to the middle. The only way this will work is if the public sector and private sector come together. They are worlds apart today...

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bluedevil101Nov. 3, 12 9:26 PM

This warming of the Atlantic was predicted 30 years ago and matches what happened on the East Coast in the 1950s. The prediction is that this is the start of a 10 year trend for a warming Atlantic and a cooling Pacific. Let's get off the climate change nonsense.

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goferfanzNov. 3, 12 9:50 PM

You know, I am not worried. It puts me in good company with Obama and Romney who avoid the topic as well. The next Ice Age--->then we got real problems. A warming globe, well, that is a bountiful and glorious thing, isnt it?

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choochoo12Nov. 3, 1210:20 PM

Remember: there were never any hurricanes or tornadoes before global warming started a few decades ago. There were no ice ages either. It was all an absolutely constant climate until those evil industrialists started spewing CO2 into the atmosphere. The soft drink makers are to blame with their fizzy sodas. The only solution is...wait for it...wait for it...higher taxes! Bet you didn't see that coming, did you? Remember this as well: in the 1970s and 1980s "scientists" were warning of GLOBAL COOLING. And don't forget about the hole in the ozone layer caused by hair spray.

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sylvanlakeNov. 3, 1210:35 PM

A great editorial. Too bad it was out of touch with reality & not willy to look at history. Weak, weak, weak

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wilfcharityNov. 3, 1211:10 PM

Is the writer suggesting that we're responsible for creating Hurricane Sandy and for the deaths? Sandy was a CAT 1 hurricane. Not a 5 or 3 that like Andrew and Katrina. If it was it would have been much worse and it wouldn't have been because of Climate change or Global warming.The writer has no understanding of the interactions of Oceans, currents, tides etc. and just is fearmongering. Why let the facts get in the way of a good story.

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exrepublicanNov. 3, 1211:22 PM

Do some research into who funds all the "science" of denial, and you will find Big Oil and Big Oil front groups. The evidence is clearly there that Climate Change is real AND that the deny crowd is financed by the petroleum industry. And then are those who know that facing that reality would mean having to make changes in what we drive and where we live, that all those things that just seem too good to be true--are. They remind me of the smokers who deny that cigarettes cause Lung Cancer--right up until the day they have that awful conversation with their doctor.

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roymercerNov. 3, 1211:30 PM

If this is such a problem, perhaps the Strib editorial board could explain to its readers why Al Gore had to remove a half-dozen slides from his apocalyptic presentation forecasting increases in the number and severity of hurricanes. The number and severity declined. Ooops.

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hauts81Nov. 4, 1212:03 AM

Call me a dunce but I really don't see why Sandy should set off the alarm bells. Natural disasters do happen once in a while.

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