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Climate change, science vs. politics

To the Editor:

True science is open to questioning and alternative ideas. There is no such thing as settled science. It is inappropriate and unscientific for liberals to silence scientists who disagree with their politically correct view that climate change is a man-made imminent catastrophe.

Unfortunately, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was setup to support the politically correct view rather than to investigate the scientific questions. Their claim that 97 percent of scientists support their view is bogus. The selected surveyed scientists said climate does change and humans may have some impact, but did not say it was predominately man-made or catastrophic.

UN climate official Ottmar Edenhofer, who chaired the working group on Mitigation of Climate Change, said “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate change.”

31,487 American scientists signed a petition that said “there is no convincing evidence that human release of carbon dioxide … is causing catastrophic heating of earth’s atmosphere … there is substantial evidence that increases in carbon dioxide produces many beneficial effects.”

Read it at petitionproject.org.

The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change disagrees with the IPCC. The American Meteorological Societysurvey revealed no consensus that humans cause global warming. There was an 18-year period from 1997 to 2015 of no warming. Vikings farmed Greenland because it was warmer in the past; that is why it is called Greenland.

Greenhouse gasses are 95 percent water vapor and only .05 percent CO2. Global temperatures are scientifically correlated with sunspot activity and not with CO2, which is an essential plant nutrient. We can do nothing about water vapor or sunspot activity and CO2 is needed to grow our food.

We should allow open scientific discussion and ignore politically correct alarmism.

Robert C. Lemke

Joliet

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