DEXTER - Twelve members of the Abbott Memorial Library's book club were on hand, Wednesday, January 27th to examine the issue of global warming. For this meeting 2/3 of the members read "With Speed and Violence" by Fred Pearce, a journalist who has been writing about climate change for 20 years. Other members read "Climate Confusion" by Roy D. Spencer a scientist/meteorologist formerly with NASA and a climate skeptic.
Pearce's detailed book "covers many ways in which the climate could change dramatically within years or decades." Club members were impressed with the depth of research presented by Pearce's book.
Although not denying the fact that carbon dioxide is building up in our atmosphere, Roy Spencer states that the amount of C02 being added yearly is a very minute amount that will be dispersed through the earth's usual weather patterns. He believes in neither historical nor scientific evidence. He dismisses both ice core samples and tree rings as irrelevant. Club members were amused by Spencer's assertion that man has been granted dominion over the earth and that dominion includes damaging the planet for economic gain, if necessary. "Like it or not, human must alter their environment to fit their needs. It is what we do, and we should not apologize or feel guilty about it."
Ed Hummel, a local meteorologist, was able to answer members' questions regarding global warming and climate change. Members ended up with a better grasp of the substances and natural occurrences that contribute to the greenhouse effect.
On February 24th members will present books ready independently on food, health, and nutrition. March's selection will be "Radical Simplicity" by Jim Merkel.
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