Tag Archives: Colorado

House Climate Crisis Committee is out of touch with climate reality

“The House Climate Crisis Committee held their first public meeting here in Boulder today.  Temperature is 80 degrees, and Boulder is the greenest anyone has ever seen it this time of year. The Governor declared a “climate crisis” today – after the best ski season and the coolest, greenest summer on record. He wants the state to go 100% renewable energy, which would make it impossible for anyone to get to the ski areas.” click here

Denver Post article a classic example of warm temperature media hype

Claims like this one

“Denver could hit 100 degrees this week, which could put it in put it near the hottest temperature ever recorded in the Mile High City.” 

…are simply made up exaggerations….media hype to alarm readers….What was the hottest day on record in the western US? click here for the answer.

The track record of failed climate predictions…

Source: Tony Heller

Weather Underground temperature report called into question; Does not match measurements?

Here is yet another example of where a news claim about a surface temperature does not match actual scientific measurements.

“Weather Underground is reporting 100 degrees in Fort Collins.

There are no thermometers close to 100 degrees near Fort Collins.” click here

A frivolous lawsuit on climate change launched in Boulder, Colorado

Climates change with or without oil companies.

“Three Colorado communities filed a lawsuit against oil companies on Tuesday, launching the latest legal battle seeking damages for what they claim are the costs of adapting to climate change.” click here

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Lost Its Way

Having graduated from CU-Boulder in 1975, 1977, and again in 2007 it has been very clear to me that since the 1970s NCAR has strayed far and wide from actually doing real science and has contributed to more confusion than clarity on the global atmosphere. Once again, Mr. Tony Heller has hit the nail on the head.

“My suggestion is to use the talent at NCAR to return to doing actual science, rather than wasting their time and energy on generating global warming propaganda. NCAR should go back to their roots, and do what Dr. Roberts wanted them to do – science.” click here

Arsenic in Drinking Water can be Associated with just about any Adverse Health Effect

Arsenic is a favorite contaminant to be studied by epidemiologists. Looks as though there are more limitations to this study design than acknowledged by the authors. 

James KA, Byers T, Hokanson JE, Meliker JR, Zerbe GO, Marshall JA. 2015.  Association between lifetime exposure to inorganic arsenic in drinking water and coronary heart disease in Colorado residents. Environmental Health Perspective 123:128–134; http://dx.doi. org/10.1289/ehp.1307839

Background: Chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease (CHD), have been associated with ingestion of drinking water with high levels of inorganic arsenic (> 1,000 μg/L). However, associations have been inconclusive in populations with lower levels (< 100 μg/L) of inorganic arsenic exposure.

Objectives: We conducted a case-cohort study based on individual estimates of lifetime arsenic exposure to examine the relationship between chronic low-level arsenic exposure and risk of CHD.

Methods: This study included 555 participants with 96 CHD events diagnosed between 1984 and 1998 for which individual lifetime arsenic exposure estimates were determined using data from structured interviews and secondary data sources to determine lifetime residence, which was linked to a geospatial model of arsenic concentrations in drinking water. These lifetime arsenic exposure estimates were correlated with historically collected urinary arsenic concentrations. A Cox proportional-hazards model with time-dependent CHD risk factors was used to assess the association between time-weighted average (TWA) lifetime exposure to low-level inorganic arsenic in drinking water and incident CHD.

Results: We estimated a positive association between low-level inorganic arsenic exposure and CHD risk [hazard ratio (HR): = 1.38, 95% CI: 1.09, 1.78] per 15 μg/L while adjusting for age, sex, first-degree family history of CHD, and serum low-density lipoprotein levels. The risk of CHD increased monotonically with increasing TWAs for inorganic arsenic exposure in water relative to < 20 μg/L (HR = 1.2, 95% CI: 0.6, 2.2 for 20–30 μg/L; HR = 2.2; 95% CI: 1.2, 4.0 for 30–45 μg/L; and HR = 3, 95% CI: 1.1, 9.1 for 45–88 μg/L).

Conclusions: Lifetime exposure to low-level inorganic arsenic in drinking water was associated with increased risk for CHD in this population.