To the Editor:
Global warming comes from the biggest contributor of heat we all receive from the giant star 93 million miles away, called our sun. Solar prominences, also referred to as solar flares, affect the temperature on earth. Sun spot activity generally accrues in 9- to 12-year cycles. If the sun produces fewer solar flares, our winters are cooler, as has been the case in the past few years.
The really long-term temperature is mostly controlled by the position of the earth's axis in relation to the sun. Thousands of years ago, the Northern Hemisphere was covered by snow and glaciers into New England, and now, thousands of years later, the glaciers have slowly melted because of the shift in the earth's axis.
This phenomena is usually referred to as Precession, an approximate 26,000-year full cycle, also referred as the axis wobble. When the axis of the earth is perpendicular to the sun, as it was thousands of years ago, the earth was very cold. Now the axis is approximately 23½% off perpendicularly, and has been warming for many years.
If this is correct, and the axis has reached its maximum 23½%, then in the coming years our earth will slowly become cooler. This will become a real problem for the uninformed United Nations and the one world order advocates.
If the so-called global warming is so important, why have China and many other countries given a 16 years pass with emissions mandates? That's another story.
Peter R Russ
To the Editor:
The Public Service Commissioners recently made an arbitrary decision to adopt the worst solar rates in our country. Why would they do that? The South Carolina legislators and the people of South Carolina have made it clear we want more solar in our state.
With the passage of the Energy Freedom Act, I thought we were moving in the right direction. Solar is the least expensive energy available. It is much cheaper than the dirty, utility-owned, coal plants which have the by-product of coal ash that gets into our air and our water.
We must make sure lower-cost energy from solar is supported by fair pricing and that the barriers imposed by these utility monopolies are removed. We need to encourage solar installations on homes and businesses as well as solar farms.
If we don't reverse this course, South Carolina won't get any of the large solar contracts and we will lose all the potential jobs solar installations would create here.
I urge our legislators to finish the job they started by selecting thoughtful, qualified Public Service Commissioners that will stand up to the utilities and ensure the Energy Freedom Act is implemented in a way that benefits the rate payers, creates new jobs, and moves South Carolina forward.
Rosemary T. Smith