From the New Harford Democratic Club:
The New Harford Democratic Club
Minutes of Meeting
August 1, 2012
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by Ann Helton at 7:06 P.M. at the Holiday Inn in Aberdeen. The members recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Welcome to Guests:
Ann Helton welcomed visitors: Peggy Holmes, Jim Hanna and Jonathan Hanna.
Approval of Minutes:
The Club approved the minutes from the May 2, 2012 meeting. Moved by Wendy Sawyer and seconded by Bob Greene. The club voted to approve.
George Harrison being absent Ann Helton reported the Club presently has $13,312.45 Club Account and $6,707.90 PAC account with $20,020.35 Total Bob Greene moved and Russ Kovach seconded to approve. The club voted to approve.
* Young Democrats: President Tom Myers reported The Young Democrats of Harford County (http://www.harfordyoungdems.org/) will meet at Sean Bolan’s Irish Pub in Bel Air, MD. Meeting starts at 7pm. Join your fellow Dems for some good food, great drinks and excellent conversation.
Tom reported that there is a new executive board, of which 75% are under 21.
* African-American Democratic Club:
* Harford County Democratic Central Committee meets regularly for a monthly meeting at 7:00pm at the office of Bel Air Reporting Inc., 217 East Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD, 21014.
* Main Street Democrats : (click for link) meets at The Tower Restaurant In Bel Air
Science Behind Climate Change, presented by Russ Kovach
When one considers climate change it is only valid if the data covers change over time. Individual years do not yield useful information on this topic. Data from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) shows that there is a 2° F change over 100 years in the United States. As a measure of what this means a 5° drop would cause an ice age.
Using Paleoclimatology data extrapolates that we are experiencing the warmest temperatures in 2000 years. As a practical proof of this trend we need only to consider ice melt.
Every observations has indeed borne this out. One of the dire consequences of this widespread ice melt is rising ocean levels and dumping more fresh water into the oceans called thermohaline circulation.
The oceans have a central role in protecting Earth. But ocean acidification, rising sea levels and melting ice caps are endangering our planet. Since water circulates over the globe in a predictable pattern, changes in the great ocean conveyor belt affect worldwide climate and the ocean’s inhabitants. Learn more about these factors as well as the potential for extreme weather and intensified bleaching of coral reefs. When water warms, it expands and takes up more volume. This effect is called “thermal expansion.” Long-term measurements demonstrate that sea levels are rising worldwide both from thermal expansion caused by warming temperatures and from the addition of water from inland glaciers, which are melting nearly everywhere at accelerating rates. Increased melting is also occurring at the ice caps in Greenland and West Antarctica. From 1978 to 2004, perennial sea ice cover in the Arctic declined by 7.8 percent each decade. If these trends continue, late-summer sea ice could disappear from the Arctic as early as early as 2030.
Another effect could be the slowing, or reversing, of large-scale ocean circulation that is driven by global density gradients created by surface heat and freshwater fluxes (the flow of a physical property in space.)
A recent article expanded upon this danger: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/melting-arctic-ice_n_1775228.html#slide=1212690
The natural question that arises about this is: what is causing the global warming? It has been proven that CO2 and other gases absorb infrared radiation near the Earth’s surface. This absorption results in a 50° C increase in the Earth’s surface temperature, making life as we know it possible. However, too much CO2 can raise the temperature too much.
There is definitely a correlation between an increase in mean temperature, but the question remains if man is the cause. Since the atmosphere is warming only in the troposphere is proof that it has been caused by man.
The political perspective on climate change and global warming is driven by party ideology. Not a single, NOT ONE, Republican in the House has publically acknowledge human induced global warming. Some, like Sen. Inhoff R, OK. charged on the floor that climate change is a myth and lambasted Democrats (and by extension every scientists on Earth) of promoting global warmth hysteria. This Luddite point of view can only bring great harm to us all.
We can only hope, and the Earth’s only hope, is a Democratic controlled White House, Congress and a veto proof Senate.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:36 P.M.
K. Gary Ambridge, Secretary
New Harford Democratic Club Schedule 2012
Board Meeting (fourth Wednesday of each month 7:30 p.m.)
December – No Board Meeting