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The letter by Mark A. Robinson “Climate change is liberal hot air,” Dec. 31, 2009, is a good example of what’s bothering people about this issue. It attacks the idea of human-caused warming not from a scientific point but from a political/economic one. Indeed most objections to this idea are made because it’s thought that this is some political ploy that’s simply going to cost too much to do anything about. This is understandable since there are a fair number of supporters of the idea who are liberal and many against it who are conservative. Also, there is legitimate disagreement over what, if anything, to do about it. Cap and Trade? Carbon Tax? Leave it to industry? So it goes.
But, and make no mistake about it, while all this discussion is relevant, it has little, if anything, to do about the scientific question of whether humans are the cause of recently observed warming. Recent revelations of purloined e-mails from a few climate researchers have done little to help one sort out what is propaganda and hype (on both sides), and what is sound science. Pity the poor interested individual who hasn’t the time or expertise to evaluate counter-claims that sound scientific.
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