Global Warming No Threat to Magnolia

Published May 23, 2007

Dear Editor:

The assertions by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in “Report: Magnolia among state flowers threatened by global warming” (May 20) show the environmental activist agenda, which is completely detached from reality of the NWF.

I live in South Florida, and we have more magnolias than you can shake a stick at. Based on the enormous success of magnolias in the South Florida climate, I can assure the residents of Mississippi that if their winter evenings become somewhat warmer–even global warming alarmists acknowledge the greatest amount of warming will occur during nighttime in the winter–magnolias will not flee the state.

The article also notes, “Some experts think global warming will cause temperatures in Kansas to rise anywhere from five to 12 degrees, on average, in the next several decades.” This assertion is, once again, completely detached from reality.

In more than 80 percent of the computer models run by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its latest global warming assessment, temperatures fail to rise more than five degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 degrees Celsius) in the entire next century, let alone “in the next several decades.”

James M. Taylor ([email protected]) is senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute.