William Lewis’ letter, “Climate-changers busy twisting data,” appeared March 16 in the MDJ in response to my letter, which took exception to columnist Melvyn Fein’s linking of “liberal denial” to global warming. Mr. Lewis called me an “ardent global-warming alarmist,” stated that I have “obviously over-imbibed on the Al Gore Kool-Aid,” also that I can be expected to “twist the facts” or “state outright falsehoods, and that I will call anyone who disagrees with me “an idiot.” Having never met me, Mr. Lewis must be quite willing to slander anyone with whom he disagrees!
So, Mr. Lewis, you are wrong when you state that the “97 percent consensus of climate scientists who agree that global warming is happening and that it is human-induced” has been debunked. Because of space limitations, I must leave it there. I advise him not to place any large wagers on this statement!
He wrote: “Hey, come on, just the fanciful idea that 97 percent of any group could agree on one of the most controversial issues of our time should have been a red flag.” We are not talking about “any group,” we’re talking about leading published climate scientists, and he is purposely clouding the issue.
Philip Lesly, addressing tobacco executives, said, “People generally do not favor action on a non-alarming situation when arguments seem to be balanced on both sides and there is a clear doubt. The weight of impressions on the public must be balanced so that people will have doubts and lack motivation to take action. Accordingly, means are needed to get balancing information into the stream from sources that the public will find credible. There is no need for a clear-cut victory. Nurturing public doubts by demonstrating that this is not a clear-cut situation in support of the opponents usually is all that is needed.”
So, the reason that global warming caused by humans is “one of the most controversial issues of our time,” as he states it, is pretty darned obvious, isn’t it Mr. Lewis?
The 31,000 scientists who “subscribed to the ‘Petition Project’ which presents its own facts that there is no global warming occurring, human-caused or otherwise” is falsehood that I cannot overlook. Only 32 of signers had a background in climatology. The “petition” was funded by the Exxon-backed Marshall Institute and the documents included for signing were all made to look like official papers from the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Many people with no education in science signed it. This petition was a trick, designed to derail the Kyoto Treaty.
Finally, the following organizations have written statements agreeing that human-induced global warming is happening: The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Chemical Society, The Geological Society of America, The American Geophysical Union, The U.S. National Academy of Sciences, The American Medical Association, The U.S. Global Change Research Program, The American Meteorological Society, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and The American Physical Society.
Mr. Lewis, regarding climate change, should the public put more trust in you (or me), or in the scientific organizations above?