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  • National Shooting Sports Foundation Upset Over Grand Teton National Park's Suggestion That Lead Ammunition Is Health Threat   5 years 42 weeks ago

    No studies?!? Look on the left side. Yes, this is primarily about condors, but surely they aren't the only animals affected.

    http://www.azgfd.gov/w_c/california_condor.shtml/

  • National Shooting Sports Foundation Upset Over Grand Teton National Park's Suggestion That Lead Ammunition Is Health Threat   5 years 42 weeks ago

    There is "science" to support any claim anybody wants to make; whichever side you may be on. As to the statistics supporting anyone's claims, as Disraeli said, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    How strange! On the front page of the El Dorado News-Times (my hometown paper) THIS morning there is an article about a speech given by a retired chemical engineer, Nick Macchiarolo. Here is a quote " Follow the money, check the FACTS and review the history of the world about global warming: it is an inevitable fact of nature, with no solid corroborating contribution from human activities." He goes on to point out that there have been seven ice ages and at least seven periods of global warming - "and we are still all here." The last ice age, "the little ice age" ran from about 1400 to 1850, ending with a period of global warming - without global warming we would all be under 2,000 feet of ice! Lief Erickson named Greenland because of all of the GREENERY - the subsequent ice age ended that. June 24, 1974 - the Time magazine cover story was on the threat of another ice age because the U. S. temperature went down by 0.15 degrees (while CO2 levels increased from 290 to 330 PPM). The bottom line seems to be, you can't look at the last 30, or 50, or 200 years - this is a long SLOW process and it has been occurring for hundreds, nee thousands, of years and we will continue to go through these cycles!

    Kyoto, according to "Nature" in October 2003, will change the temperature by 0.05 degrees - who cares?
    The computer models the government uses to predict the temperature change over the next 100 years vary by 400% - who cares what they say?
    Why are the ice caps in Antarctica not melting? Wouldn't global warming affect the whole globe?
    "Nature in 2001 details the impact of the sun on global climate and temperature AND we cannot do anything about what the sun does.
    Greenpeace, The Sierra Club, The Natural Resources Defense Fund and others only exist to get federal funds to fight global warming - do you think that they would suggest that it is a problem we cannot fix?
    We spend $25 Billion on this - wouldn't that money be better spent elsewhere? We can do something about people starving or tyrannies in the world, we cannot even predict what the Earth's temperature will be in 20 years, much less a hundred or a thousand!
    This is my last entry, you cannot change a mind that is firmly entrenched in the gospel of the day...

  • National Shooting Sports Foundation Upset Over Grand Teton National Park's Suggestion That Lead Ammunition Is Health Threat   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Anyone that claims there is no science behind these decisions clearly has not ever looked for it. There are quite a few scientifically sound studies that have been thoroughly reviewed by the scientific community at large and deemed worthy science.

  • Judge Mulling Request To Address Yellowstone National Park's Wandering Bison   5 years 42 weeks ago

    I've never heard anyone say they wanted to visit the state of Montana to see cattle but apparently (again) the Montana Livestock Assos proves they will not be happy until the wildlife (especially the ones who eat grasses) are gone and they have total control of the lands (even though most of it belongs to all of us Americans).

  • National Shooting Sports Foundation Upset Over Grand Teton National Park's Suggestion That Lead Ammunition Is Health Threat   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Sounds to me like the National Shooting Sports Foundation is just another organization with their heads in the sand. When science proves something they don't like, they just push that head a little deeper !

  • Humane Society of America Critical of Culling Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Elk were eliminated from the Rocky Mountain National Park in 1870 by commercial hunting. By the turn of the century the gray wolf was gone, a key preditor for elk in this area. In 1914, twenty-eight elk were transplanted to this area by the request of local sportsmen. In 1915 Rocky Mountain National Park was established. Hunting is prohibited in national parks. Without predators or hunting the population exploded. By 1933 biologists expressed concern about vegetation conditions. Starting in 1944 park rangers began to use lethal reduction (shooting the elk) as a means of population control. This was the policy untill 1969 when policy changed. The policy was natural regulation, meaning do nothing and everything will balance out. This policy has been in place untill now.
    The recomended elk population in the park is 1200-1700. In 2005 the park was estimated to have 3000-4000. Densities as high as 260 elk per square mile and the highest ever recorded. If you enjoy seeing elk in the park culling or regulated hunting would be a great economical way to control the population.
    Or would you rather see starvation, disease and destruction of a habitat. Kurt Repanshek - natural regulation has been proven not to work.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Pardon me butting in again, but I recently read an article in the June 29, edition of the New Yorker titled, "The Catastrophist" by Elizabeth Kolbert. It is a profile of James Hansen, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute. Hansen is actively working to educate the public and political leaders on perils of human forcing of climate change. He pulls no punches in presenting scientific findings tracing global warming with human activities and that postponing actions to significantly reduce CO2 emissions verges on the criminal.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Actions have consequences. Over the past 200 years, and particularly over the last century, humans have extracted, burned and returned to the active atmosphere billions of years of carbon accumulation. From a geological perspective, it has been a massive, planet-wide carbon eruption. To believe that human forcing is of no significance in climate change seems illogical.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    With all due respect to Jimi I would rather put my faith in the facts as presented by scientific entities like NASA and USGS. The junkscience site just doesn't inspire my confidence. There's so many disclaimers in it, it's no wonder that whoever wrote it wasn't even confident enough to put his name on it. I think there's plenty of documented proof out there of how human activity degrades Earth's biosphere. No amount of smoke and mirrors will make it go away. As for predictions, there's so much we DON'T know that our best guess may as well come from a fortune cookie.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Beamis - I tend to agree with you that most of what is happening is due to solar activity, that is what I have read from most scientsts that ARE NOT FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT. Several years ago, television channels that were delivered by satelite were constantly bothered by solar flares - not so much any more? That, of course, is anecdotal as is most of what we read about 'global warming.' I do see a pattern in results depending on where the funding for the research comes from - not saying that either side has convinced me, but it is disturbing to know that the answer depends on the funding organization. I know I am repeating but I have seen evidence that solar activity is cyclic and that we are approaching a cool spell and I have seen NO evidence that man has any affect on the near surface temperature of the Earth, hence no effect on the temperature of the 'globe.'.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Less solar activity.

    We are currently experiencing a historic solar minimum with lots of record to near record low temperature averages for the summer season, so far, in many cities and states in the northern half of the lower 48 (NYC, Chicago, North Dakota and parts of Wisconsin). We know that cold weather is a definite part of the recent climatic past and is more likely to occur than warmer temps just given the law of averages for this particular climatic epoch.

    My bet still stands from an earlier post on this website: the earth is going to be getting cooler, much cooler. Any other takers out there?

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Ray - you are right, I had just read that and it was a quick fresh reference. I agree, as I did before, that there is massive change - but, I still have not seen ANY evidence that it is caused by man. The near surface Earth temperature is actually going down, has over the last ten years? Is that more likely to be due to less activity by man or less solar activity?

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Jimi, I do not question your title as a scientist. However, I am surprised that you use the junkscience site as a credible source of scientific data. I suggest that USGS, NASA, and meteorological research divisions associated with major universities might be more appropriate sources of climate related information and opinion. I believe human forcing plays a significant role in modern climate change.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    As a scientist, I must say that the pictures and video are quite disturbing and certainly demonstrate that our climate is changing - the laws of physics are most assuredly in play. As a scientist, I must also say that evidence is quite strong that change in climate is not caused by what we do here but rather by solar activity - and that is not a ploy or plot against Al Gore, just trying to ALL of the facts:

    http://www.junkscience.com/Greenhouse/

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Wow! The video is pretty grim. Kurt, thank you for the links. They reinforce what we already know, that glaciers are retreating all over the world. I attach a link of a NASA article which goes into detail about the retreat of the Greenland ice sheets. This article includes photos illustrating the retreat over time: http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/jakobshavn.html

    To my mind the evidence is overwhelming, but from comments made on similar articles on this site I know there are those who choose to discount any mention of global warming. Their "skepticism" reeks of energy interest profiteering, and certainly makes the case for "fundamentalism". I suppose those same people would also deny the existence of the laws of physics.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    I believe glaciers on Mount Shasta in northern California are growing as well. I seem to recall that the warming Pacific of recent winters is responsible, as it produced some prodigious snowstorms on Shasta and other coastal ranges.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Thanks for those links, Kurt. Decreased runoff and warmer rivers will also further stress salmon and
    steelhead runs.

    It's fascinating to me that one of the few advancing glaciers is in the recent crater of Mount St. Helens.
    Here's a link to the best photo I could find:
    http://geology.rockbandit.net/2008/04/23/mount-st-helens-glacier-growing/

    also a locally produced video, that I believe shows the glacier surrounding the lava dome:
    http://www.opb.org/programs/ofg/videos/view/287-Return-to-Mt-St-Helens

  • Reader Participation Day: Do You Believe There Should Be Overflight Tours of National Parks?   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Check out this article, posted on Oregon Live

    http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/08/conservation_groups_write_lett.html

    Several conservation groups today sent a letter to federal officials warning that a proposal to allow helicopter tours of Crater Lake National Park could be illegal. Noise from the helicopters would shatter the peaceful beauty of Oregon's only national park, and could further disturb nesting areas of endangered spotted owls, the group says.

    "Oregon needs to do a better job of protecting our natural treasures," said Erik Fernandez, wilderness coordinator with Oregon Wild, which joined with Umpqua Watersheds and the Crater Lake Instititue in submitting the letter to the National Park Service and the Federal Aviation Administration.

    The federal agencies are considering a permit request by Bend-based Leading Edge Aviation to fly 300 tours yearly within 1,000 feet of the crater rim.

    The permit request quickly came under fire.

    Owen Hoffman
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830

  • Reader Participation Day: Do You Believe There Should Be Overflight Tours of National Parks?   5 years 42 weeks ago

    I agree with Dave completely. If they're going to take away from the park (peace & solitude), then they damn well better be giving back (pay for back logged repairs at the park) Tax the heck out of em'

  • Vandals Trash Historic CCC Building at Colorado National Monument   5 years 42 weeks ago

    It's really a shame that some folks have nothing better to do than to trash public buildings. Unfortunatley, even if they're caught, the punsihment is usually a slap on the the wrist. Sure wish kneecapping were legal!!

  • Reader Participation Day: Do You Believe There Should Be Overflight Tours of National Parks?   5 years 42 weeks ago

    Kurt, my opinion is they should be allowed with many restrictions. Limit the number of flights, the types of air craft and helicopters, and most importantly limit the noise. Make it tough on the operators by requiring some sort of ultra quiet standard so they are not disturbing the park any more than a bird flying over. And maybe tax the crap out of them so the taxes collected go to parks directly.
    Dave Crowl

  • 4-Year-Old Drowns In Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area   5 years 42 weeks ago

    This is a sobering reminder that children loose their lives at National Park Units far too often. Sadly we see this completely preventable accident played out over and over. How can we get these parents/guardians out of the unaware state and into the aware state that will allow them to recognize the incredible risk they assume for their child when they choose not to put a life jacket on them? For the most part these are good people who quite simply failed to recognize the threat. Letting your children play in, on or near open bodies of water without a life jacket is incredibly risky period! If they get in trouble you have very little time to save them. I am amazed to see how many people choose to do this and am 100% convinced that if they understood the consequence was death they would choose to put a life jacket on their child. My heart goes out to the rescuers who have to respond to this and to the families who will be changed forever.

  • Reader Participation Day: Do You Believe There Should Be Overflight Tours of National Parks?   5 years 42 weeks ago

    I have to agree with Gary. I too moved from the Grand Canyon to a suburban area and it is also quieter than my house within Grand Canyon National Park. Traffic, sirens, helicopters, machinery - the South Rim village is never quiet.

  • Vandals Trash Historic CCC Building at Colorado National Monument   5 years 42 weeks ago

    The perpetrators of this crime, if caught...twenty lashes across the back! I hope they find these sicko's and severely thrash them good. The construction of this rustic monument is a testament of the hard work and dedication of the Civilian Conservation Corps. This symbol of construction by the CCC should always be marveled at and protected. Now, lets find the SOB's that did this horrendous vandalism. I surprise there hasn't been more public outcry on NPT regarding this kind of sick vandalism.