July 12, 2009


Letters to the Editor and other People Speak

FROM-Gloucester County Times
They sell snake oil on climate change

To the Editor:

Though the specter of global warming looms on the horizon, life continues unabated. It seems inexplicable.

Don't the flora and fauna realize the imminence of their demise? Have they not witnessed that most auspicious purveyor of snake oil, former Vice President Al Gore? Perhaps his warnings go unheeded because of his steadfast refusal to divest himself of his verdant portfolio.

Though not climatologists, President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer, Frank Lautenberg, Robert Menendez and John McCain and others are staunch believers in global warming.

Because neither the president nor the Congress often read the bills they pass or sign into law, global warming has taken on a political, rather than a scientific, dimension.

In the National Review, Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute lists 25 countervailing criticisms that he states are omissions from Gore's book, "An Inconvenient Truth." In his book, "The Skeptical Environmentalist," former Greenpeace activist Bjorn Lomborg debunks alarmist assertions about global warming with a plethora of something "enviromarxists" overlook: Facts. And his is not the first such treatise.

To be sure, it must be said that the monolithic worldwide movement that embraces global warming as indisputable is political, rather than scientific. But if you cannot trust your politicians, who can you trust?

Richard Wible



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