Cool it with liberal ‘reality’

Well, it didn’t take long. The March 14 editorial titled “Warming reality also rises” illustrates liberal thought changes at The Post and Courier.

The opinion goes all over the board then closes with this thoughtful statement: “And if you think our planet hasn’t heated up considerably over the last 100 years, just get real.”

The key word here is “planet.”

That is the password used by liberal global warming extremists worldwide.

Speaking of the last 100 years, I have been here on this planet for almost 75 percent of that time.

As a young boy, I can testify that it was “hot as blue blazes” in the summer in South Georgia and still is today.

If you don’t believe that, just get real.

Butch Parker

Brick Landing Court

Mount Pleasant

Warming risks for our state

As another mild winter in the Charleston region looks to be ending, we must realize that this is just another in a series of climatic events that illustrate global warming. While the unseasonably warm days may be enjoyable, we need to be cognizant of the negative impacts of global warming.

South Carolina is particularly vulnerable to the most devastating and expensive impacts associated with global warming. We need only to look at our still-closed Folly Beach County Park to see the damages of high surf and beach erosion that can be attributed to climate change.

This once enjoyable and aesthetically beautiful park has remained closed since the destructive effects of Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

Currently, President Obama is considering whether to approve a project known as the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The project, promoted by TransCanada, would carry tar sands, not crude oil, almost 1,200 miles from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Neb. This pipeline will take tar sands through America, not to America.

It is most likely an export pipeline and will not lower gas prices. TransCanada is currently applying for a presidential permit to complete the project.

The State Department’s review of the project admits that it will have harmful climate impacts, and NASA’s leading climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, has said that tar sands development would mean, “game over for the climate.”

The truth is simple: It’s impossible to fight climate change while simultaneously investing in the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuel on the planet. New clean energy sources are critical, and we cannot cancel them out with dirty energy exports.

I implore you to learn the facts behind the project and contact your local decision makers to voice your opinions. Approval of this project will only contribute to global warming and have destructive effects to our region.

Michael J. Moody

Abingdon Lane

Goose Creek

Save the shade, please

OK, as I understand it, widespread scientific consensus traces global warming to massive increases in carbon dioxide emissions. Trees, on the other hand, serve as one of nature’s filtering systems for harmful gases, etc.

This may or may not include carbon dioxide, but it does include many other harmful pollutants.

So the S.C. Department of Transportation is planning to cut down 30 miles of trees between four lanes of a highly traveled interstate?

I mean, really!

Russell Dowdy

Ceva Drive

Hollywood