Your editorial Sept. 3 about the Great Lakes water level and its relevance to global warming was nothing more than right- wing jibberish. You stated that the lakes water level has decreased since 1860 and therefore does not follow the 'rising waters are going to doom us" scenario put forth by certain scientists. First, the Great Lakes do not have a permanent ice pack that could melt and raise the water level.
Second, the water levels you sited are actually the level of the lakes above sea level, not the depth of the lakes. For the lakes level to rise due to the melting of the earth's pack ice would mean the oceans would have to rise hundreds of feet to the level of the lakes.
Third, a negative change in the lakes level height above sea level can be caused by one of two factors; either the lake level fell or the sea level rose. Therein lies the actual debate. But to state that a drop in the Great Lakes level somehow helps to prove that global warming is a hoax is outright data manipulation and editorial propaganda. Your journalism majors need to stay away from the engineering sciences.
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