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Posted: January 12, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 12, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I am writing in response to Susan Stamper Brown’s commentary on Dec. 19 (“Climate change rules coming”), in which she bemoans the fate of the United States as we attempt to make some kind of dent on the production of greenhouse gases.

Her argument, like essentially all arguments against human-caused climate change, is a political one based upon her right-leaning politics and her cherry-picking of the “facts.”

However, although God is apparently laughing, I’m not.

As a scientist, I like to rely on facts. According to “Science” magazine, fossil fuel-burning carbon dioxide, the most important of the greenhouse gases, is at its highest level in 2 million years.

According to NASA, the first decade of the 21st century was the hottest on record (since 1880). The hottest 12 months on record were from June 2009 to May 2010.

In fact, arctic sea ice has decreased in volume by about 75 percent in the last 30 years. As a consequence, sometimes the atmosphere can be colder than normal in some places, and warmer in others.

Global warming leads to global climate change, not necessarily higher temperatures all the time where you happen to live.

Weather is not climate! Ice sheets are melting and sea levels are rising. If I lived in certain parts of Florida or

Southern California, I would be personally concerned about this.

According to the National Academy of Sciences, 97 percent of climate scientists are convinced humans are changing global temperatures.

In the 928 peer-reviewed research papers on climate change published between 1993 and 2003, not one single paper rejected the consensus that human activities are responsible for global warming.

Are all of these people “environmental socialists?” I don’t think so!



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