Letter: Enough Bogus Climate Science

To the Editor:

Regarding the Bloomberg News of Aug. 5, “Turning the Tables: The Climate Exacts its Revenge”: In a farrago of ridiculously precise statistics, the claim is made that failing to act now on reducing carbon dioxide emissions will result in 2.5 percent more personal violence and 24 percent more intergroup conflict because tempers flare as the temperatures rise. There may be something in this: Look at where all the violence is taking place — in the Mideast, North Africa, India, Pakistan and Indonesia, all hot spots populated by Muslims driven mad by an 0.015 percent increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide and an 0.15 percent rise in temperature in the last 100 years.

But then the editorial sinks into the increasingly desperate fear-mongering we have seen of late, conjuring apocalyptic visions of rising sea levels, acidic oceans, failing crops — all the result of Republican intransigence — and unless something is done immediately, the ranks of the “deniers” will grow to the point where nothing can be done to avert catastrophe.

But who are these so-called “deniers”? They are the people who are fed up with bogus science. They have noted the perfidy of fund-seeking climate scientists colluding with each other to falsify and manipulate the data and prevent the publication of opposing views. They are fed up with the sight of government-subsidized windmills despoiling the countryside to produce unaffordable power. They know that the sea is alkaline and not becoming more acidic; they know that the rate of sea level rise is less than one foot per century; they know that plants love carbon dioxide and that increasing atmospheric levels are already causing increased global crop yields. They know that global temperatures have not risen for the last 17 years and that computer models predicting continuously increasing temperatures are worthless. They do not have a political agenda calling for a Luddite return to some pre-industrial dream world.

My wish for the true deniers — those who reject scientific truth and think the sky is falling — is that they could all live in the land of their dreams. But please, count me out. I would rather live in the real world.

Barrie Sellers



Editorial: Turning the Tables; The Climate Exacts Its Revenge

Friday, August 2, 2013

Earth’s atmosphere seems to have found a way to get back at the human race. For almost three centuries, we have been filling the air with carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases. Now, the climate change these emissions have wrought is turning people against one another. So says a review, published this week, of 60 studies on how climate …

Letter: Moving Beyond Pseudoscience

Thursday, August 29, 2013

To the Editor: In his Aug. 29 letter, Barrie Sellers makes clear that he thinks that the research of climate scientists is “bogus.” As evidence he offers a series of talking points familiar to those who follow the pseudoscience of climate change denial. The things he believes people “know” are demonstrably false. The Earth is indeed warming, and we can …

Letter: What True Science Looks Like

Thursday, September 12, 2013

To the Editor: Thanks to Michael Hillinger, chairman of the Upper Valley chapter of the Sierra Club, for his letter in the Sept. 7 Forum replying to my letter about global warming; I’m glad I drew blood. As some may recall, my letter attacked bogus climate science by presenting some easily verifiable facts. Hillinger then proceeded to “refute” these facts …