Fuel up that old Con­corde

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Food for thought: Refugees from the Ital­ian main­land founded Venice on low is­lands in the Adri­atic Sea circa 450 AD af­ter the Ro­man Em­pire lost con­trol of its borders. Fast for­ward 700 years. Venice, now a pros­per­ous trad­ing city-state, was a fa­vorite stop for Cru­saders on their way to Jerusalem. At the same time Norse set­tlers were pas­tur­ing flocks and herds on Green­land. So pre­sum­ably a lot of the Green­land ice cap had melted. (Grass doesn’t grow well on ice.) Ques­tion: Why didn’t the melt­ing ice in­un­date Venice in 1150 when sci­en­tists as­sure us it will in­un­date New York, New Or­leans, Lon­don, etc., etc, etc. in 2150?

Forty-some years ago we were warned that in­ject­ing green­house gas into the at­mos­phere would freeze the earth. The SST (su­per­sonic trans­port) pro­gram was can­celed to save us from that fate. Now we are warned (by many of the same peo­ple) that in­ject­ing green­house gas into the at­mos­phere will bake the earth. Ob­vi­ously we need to re­vive the SST pro­gram to save New York, New Or­leans, Lon­don, etc., etc., etc. from flood­ing.

I give up. Some ques­tions are just too hard for this po’ coun­try boy. Leon Bil­lig Bur­net, Texas

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