I was moved to respond after reading “A personal history lesson on climate change” (May issue Letter to the Editor, page 13). Although I agree with the author that poor farming techniques have been made wiser by bad experiences [devastating dust storms of the 1930s caused, in part, by changes in land use by farmers], I do not agree that this relates to climate change any more than learning not to ingest mercury to cure syphilis is related to the evolution of the species. It is more like behavior modification.

Leaked e-mails from British climate scientists at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit — in a scandal known as “Climategate” — suggest that data may have been manipulated to exaggerate global warming. Weather Channel founder John Coleman calls global warming a hoax. Manmade carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions throughout human history constitute less than 0.00022% naturally emitted from the mantle of the earth during geological of total CO2 is a minor greenhouse gas, unlike water vapor — which is tied history. Plus, CO2 to climate concerns, and which we cannot control; the sun, for example, has a direct affect on water vapor.

We should be good stewards of the earth, but we need not make rash and expensive decisions based upon emotion. What about core issues like poverty, malnutrition, and wars? This is where our resources should be directed, not on some illusionary, nonexistent big bad wolf.

— Tom Werblow, city engineer, City of North Platte, Neb.