Letters to the Editor

Disparaging others ignorant

It is noteworthy that in a March 22 opinion ("Ignorance abounds in man's rant on science" by Hamilton Davis) there was not one fact or argument to support the writer's obvious belief that carbon dioxide is causing catastrophic global warming. Disparaging other writers and belittling their beliefs is not an argument. The writer characterized (without citing his credentials) William Gray, Ph.D. and emeritus professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, head of the Tropical Meteorology Project at CSU's Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and pioneer of the concept of "seasonal" hurricane forecasting-predicting months in advance of the coming hurricane season (according to Wikipedia) as being on the "scientific fringe." Does the writer believe the following scientists are also on the fringe for questioning the "facts" of global warming: Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaever, doctorate in physics; Richard Lindzen, professor of meteorology at MIT; Freeman Dyson, emeritus professor of physics (widely considered one of the world's most distinguished scientists) at Princeton; William Happer, professor of physics at Princeton; meteorologist and founder of the Weather Channel, John Coleman; John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of Earth Systems Science Center at the University of Alabama; and Roy Spencer, doctorate in meteorology and principal research scientist for global temperature measurements on NASA's Aqua Satellite at the University of Alabama?

Arguments supporting man-made global warming would have to address the statement by Phil Jones, Ph.D. and director of the U.K. primary climate research organization at the University of East Anglia (think "climate-gate"), who concedes that there has been no significant warming since 1995 and the warming from 1975 to 1995 is not "statistically significantly different" from warming from 1910 to 1940. Scientists who believe in man-made global warming acknowledge they cannot explain why the globe has not been warming for 15 years, although carbon dioxide has increased every year.

Scientists who believe in man-made global warming acknowledge that carbon dioxide is only capable of causing significant global warming through amplification (also called forcing) which has not currently been proven or disproven. Both side can lay claim to "science" on this point.

"Mistakes" in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (which has been held up as the gold standard of current science) include: a prediction that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 was found to have been copied from an environmental advocacy magazine and, according to the scientists responsible for that section of the report, was included to bring political pressure on governments; and an analysis that the Amazon rain forests would be wiped out by global warming was also found to have been copied from an environmental advocacy literature. Both of these among many other "mistakes" are central to the state of the science and the credibility of "settled science" of global warming and have been acknowledged to be false. Sections on reef destruction, African crop failures, Netherland flooding and Alaskan glacier melting were also copied from environmental advocacy group literature.

I do agree with the writer that there are many who "masquerade ideology and ignorance as science and reason" and recommend the reader favor those who cite examples.

The writer lives in Litchfield.