July 2, 2009
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
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Climate change: Is it treason to deny global warming?
Posted by Letters editor
Plenty of scientists don't fall for global-warming myth
Editor, The Times:
Paul Krugman ["Climate-change deniers commit treason against planet," Opinion, syndicated columnist, June 30] asks the question, "How can anyone justify failing to act?"
He does not mention that earth's temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of carbon dioxide.
There are more than 700 scientists who disagree with the United Nations -- 13 times the number who wrote the U.N.'s 2007 climate summary for policymakers. Joanne Simpson, the world's first woman to receive a doctorate in meteorology, expressed relief upon her retirement last year that she was finally free to speak "frankly" of her nonbelief.
Kiminori Itoh, a Japanese environmental-physical chemist who contributed to a U.N. climate report, dubs man-made warming "the worst scientific scandal in history." Norway's Ivar Giaever, Nobel Prize winner for physics, decries it as the "new religion." A group of 54 noted physicists, led by Princeton's Will Happer, is demanding the American Physical Society revise its position that the science is settled.
How long will The Seattle Times continue to repeat the tired mantras of global-warming believers?
While there can be no justification for opposing conservation or alternate sources of energy, there are considerable current climate and atmospheric science reasons for opposing the fraud of cap-and-trade legislation.
-- Steven Keeler, Seattle
Krugman needn't name-call to prove point
Paul Krugman lost my respect when he resorted to name-calling to discredit his opponents as well as characterize Rep. Paul Broun's statement, which, unfortunately, used "global warming" as shorthand for "man's contribution to global warming."
Krugman is obviously trying to escalate national emotion in support of the hyperbolic efforts of Al Gore ahead of a worldwide trend in rethinking man's influence on global warming, a growing movement among scientists late in being recognized here in the U.S.
The current debate can only be about mankind's contribution to global warming because beyond this mankind is only an observer.
A rising trend in scientific thought worldwide as described in Kimberly A. Strassel's June 26 opinion article in The Wall Street Journal is commended for your critical reading. Contrary to Krugman pronouncements, she states within one internal paragraph, "The collapse of the 'consensus' has been driven by reality. The inconvenient truth is that the earth's temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of CO2. Peer-reviewed research has debunked doomsday scenarios about the polar ice caps, hurricanes, malaria, extinctions, rising oceans. A global financial crisis has politicians taking a harder look at the science that would require them to hamstring their economies to rein in carbon."
Thank our Founding Fathers for giving us senators!
-- Jared D. Mayes, North Bend