By James Resney

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My compliments to The Bulletin for presenting both sides of the global warming debate in recent guest columns. Paul deWitt presents the “Deniers” case; Roger A. Sabbadini presents the “Believers” case. Timothy Pape, presents a middle ground.

DeWitt presents seven actual facts. Sabbadini rejects deWitt’s “untruths”, “fallacious statements and factoids.” He does not refute any of deWitt’s FACTS with specific facts of his own. Instead he cites governmental organizations that make references to global warming. The fact is that the cause of global warming (or climate change) cannot be proved; too many factors are in play, human carbon emissions, sunspots, the Earth’s orbital wobble, volcanism, etc., etc. The scientific method, the standard of scientific proof, requires holding all the factors steady except one and observing the results. Correlation does not = Causation. A “Consensus” (of scientists) does not = Science.

Of course, the climate changes! Dinosaurs roamed the planet for millions of years (Mesozoic Era), including the then, very tropical, northern parts of Europe and North America. Wikipedia (a neutral source) states that we have been in an “interglacial” period of a current ice age! This interglacial period has been in place for the last 10,000 years of the current ice age that started about 2.58 million years ago. A Wikipedia graph shows “65 Million Years of Climate Change.” Yep, the climate definitely changes. The change we are experiencing currently (whether human caused or not) are very minor compared to the past. Could our current changes be natural and not human caused?

And are carbon emissions causing warming or cooling? Global temperatures were declining in the 1950s — 1970s. Consider the August 28, 1978, Newsweek cover story, “The Cooling World,” warning of a coming Ice Age because of, you guessed it, carbon emissions. Many sources including the New York Times and Science Digest sounded the alarm of global cooling.

Assuming that human activity does affect the climate, can anything we humans do have as severe an effect on climate as natural climate changes of the past (Dinosaurs and Ice Ages)? Yep, the climate is changing and always will be changing with or without us humans. I’m still waiting for a Believer to explain the past huge climate changes prior to human carbon emissions.

Sabbadini joins true believer hysteria by seeking to silence those of us with an alternative opinion. Real facts aren’t facts and our opinions must be censored. He criticizes The Bulletin for publishing deWitt’s column and goes on to … wait for it … compare climate deniers to Holocaust deniers! We deniers must be silenced!

Good people have strong opinions on this issue; unfortunately, these opinions are being raised to the level of fanatical belief. Those with alternative views are belittled and suppressed by name calling and social pressure.

The Believers approach this with a religious fervor. “Deniers” (sounds like “Heretics” / “Blasphemers”) are derided as dangerous, ignorant fools. Galileo was threatened with execution as a heretic for challenging the scientific consensus and religious belief that the Earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolves around the Earth (1633).

A brief list of real climate scientists that Sabbadini may consider “Deniers”:

S. Fred Singer — an Austrian-born American physicist and emeritus professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia.

Patrick Michaels — is an American climatologist. Michaels was a senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute until Spring 2019.

Richard Lindzen — an American atmospheric physicist known for his work in the dynamics of the middle atmosphere, atmospheric tides, and ozone photochemistry.

Patrick Moore — former activist, and past president of Greenpeace Canada. Since leaving Greenpeace in 1986, Moore has criticized the environmental movement for what he sees as scare tactics and disinformation, saying that the environmental movement “abandoned science and logic in favor of emotion and sensationalism.”

— James Resney lives in Redmond.