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As anyone who has lived around Colorado Springs for any length of time can confirm, we appear to be coming into the best kind of winter here.

We get seasonably warm and dry. The mountains get nearly all of the snow, the blizzards, the nastiness — and the great skiing.

So, is this yet another sign of climate change? Well, experts assure us that what's happening here is more about the La Niña weather pattern, which we don't have room to explain. Meanwhile, other parts of the country and the world have been hammered already with winter storms. And whenever that happens, of course, it brings new knee-jerk denials of climate change.

Here's the thing: It's just one of the many oversimplifications that crop up when talking about this topic. So we're happy to present this week a story (starting on p. 18) that takes on 10 of them, one by one, with scientific research and reasoned argument.

We're not scientists here; no one on staff makes a hobby of tracking warming or cooling of the planet. All we're looking to do is to elevate the discussion a little bit, and to that end, provide information that you may not have heard or considered before.

So we hope that during this holiday stretch, you'll find time to curl up indoors with our paper — whether it's snowing or not.

— Ralph Routon


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