Global warming is a load of sewage

  • Article by: PETER M. LESCHAK
  • Updated: January 26, 2013 - 6:05 PM

By which I mean: It's real. Right here in Minnesota, where the winters no longer look like this, and thus the septic tanks aren't insulated. Which means ...

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freedubayJan. 26, 13 5:55 PM

Pete, nice story. I agree that winters are warmer. The data supports it. However your a bit wrong on the the snow. We've experienced greater seasonal snowfall total with the warmer weather. Our long term seasonal snowfall is about 45". Now it ranges 53-58", here in the Metro Area. Although the last two winters haven't reflected this average. Rural living and septic life has always been somewhat risky. Either to cold or over use in winter months. As a septic owner it would seem you would welcome warmer winters. Its not the cold its the snowcover that's killing you. So I kind of miss your point of your "opinion" piece. Was it meant for the the opinion page or was it somewhat tongue in cheek?

rogue37Jan. 26, 13 5:57 PM

I have the same type of system for 4 years now. No freeze ups or problems yet. I also dont mow it after august. so there is insulation on top. If he is having problems just get 20 small square straw bales spread them over the top for more insulation. Dont blame everything on warming trends, maybe it just a bad system.

akmscottJan. 26, 13 6:11 PM

The climate always changes.Since this planet gained an atmosphere the climate has changed-get over it!

akmscottJan. 26, 13 6:13 PM

Has the climate changed from the 1930's or the 1830's?I bet it has!

kkjerJan. 26, 13 6:14 PM

He is right it has changed. I grew up in Northern WI, and I remember in the 40's and 50's and much more snow. I remember, I think it might have been 1958 where we went 10 or 15 days where it didn't get up above -20 in January.

dibblegonJan. 26, 13 6:17 PM

I enjoy the warm weather that is not linked to human activity by any Conclusive science. But, in case it is, in an effort to keep it warm i will allow my car to idle needlessly in my driveway for one hour tonight. I will do this each time i read a silly article like this in the strib

paulmschmitzJan. 26, 13 6:19 PM

You should probably replace your septic system instead of chalking it up to warming. I've been my home in Anoka county since '97, and the system has been running good, even though it was installed in '72. Been cold and warm here too.

simplicity1Jan. 26, 13 6:37 PM

I'm hoping the GlobalWarming bunch will have this all straight before MilkyWay collides with Andromeda... cuz if they don't we'll never know if man was at fault.

greatxJan. 26, 13 7:11 PM

"This semiregular drainfield problem is new" --- I don't understand why an educated man would not put straw bales over the top of his drainfield in the fall...

pumiceJan. 26, 13 7:17 PM

Re: "Dont blame everything on warming trends, maybe it just a bad system." From the article: "In February 2007, 80 percent of the septic systems in Itasca County -- including ours -- were locked up." Who sold all those bad septic systems to the residents of Itasca County???


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