Muddling perception of the science of climate change

Published: December 8, 2012
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“Mix of science, politics can result in bad policy” (Our Views, Nov. 28) misrepresents science. Controversy is a fundamental feature of science. The science of climate change is by no means muddled. Those who have billions of dollars in profits to protect are spending millions of dollars muddling the public's perception of the science of climate change. This is a strategy that was developed by the tobacco industry in the 1970s to cast doubt on the accumulating scientific evidence that smoking caused cancer — first, misrepresent the science to the public, then attack the scientists. It was successful in delaying the legal conclusions that smoking caused cancer but a great many people died in the meantime.

The American Meteorological Society states, “There is unequivocal evidence that Earth's lower atmosphere, ocean, and land surface are warming ... the dominant cause of the warming since the 1950s is human activities.” Disregarding this information is still economic suicide.

David Grow, Edmond



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