Re "How hot? 2012 in record books" (Page A1, Jan. 9): Imagine my relief. Global warming is back as a scare topic supplanting fiscal, gun, and healthcare cliffs.
Kudos to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for telling me 2012 was warmer. Well, at least for the lower 48 states, about 1.5 percent of the world's surface.
See, I was still worried over 2008 being two full degrees cooler than 2006. And 2008,2009, 2010, and 2011 all being cooler than 1998.
More worrisome was the National Geographic article from October 2012 asserting that Antarctica sea ice was the greatest, largest and thickest ever.
Conveniently, the world is now spinning again on its tilted axis.
I am relieved that the unintended consequence of looking at a small enough sample can prove just about anything: if Neil Armstrong dropped Velveeta on the moon, and it was later found, we would have conclusive proof the moon is made of cheese.
-- David Collum, El Dorado Hills
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