The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 7, 2014

Readers' Forum 6-7 | Who is benefiting from windmills?

JOHNSTOWN — Driving around the area and seeing all the wind farms that have been constructed, I am curious as to who benefits from them?

From the information that was shared by the companies that built them, it was my understanding that electric bills would be reduced from these windmills. However, from what is going on, electric bills are going up.

Also, the TV shows seem to be criticizing the release of our soldier who was imprisoned for five years in a Taliban prison, and politicians are critical about the prisoner swap that freed this soldier.

I wonder how they would feel if that soldier was their son? I really wish these politicians would try to do something about the shootings of our innocent young children and quit bickering among themselves about this administration.

Virginia Buser


Global warming facts readily available

Despite a number of letters to the editor to the contrary, global warming is real. Scientists have measured it.

Their data and methods are open to public scrutiny in many scientific journals. While there are a few scientists who challenge the idea, none of them has published any research to back up their doubts.

Climate-change deniers love to refer to weather events like hot days in the 1920s or cold days last winter as proof that global warming is not real. But it is the averages that are important, and the average temperature of the earth and its oceans have been rising for decades.

These changes have been documented by climatologists as well as geologists, who are measuring shrinking glaciers and ice caps in Antarctica and Greenland, and oceanographers, who are measuring our warming and acidifying oceans as well as the rapidly disappearing sea ice in the Arctic.

These changes are affecting people living in the Arctic and Greenland, where the warming is occurring faster than around here, and people out west who are dealing with increasingly common droughts and wildfires. Or talk to your grandparents about typical winters in the early and mid-1900s; last winter was an exception in the midst of a long string of milder-than-average winters.

I might not live long enough to see major changes, but I worry that my children and grandchildren will suffer from our foolishness and failure to protect our land.

Richard Bloom



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