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August 20, 2014

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letter to the editor:

It’s time to act, not bicker, on climate

What’s wrong with Professor John Christy asking questions about climate change? It’s not that he asked the question; it’s that he doesn’t accept the answers.

The answer by 98 percent of all climate scientists is that the earth is warming, and its cause is primarily man burning carbon fuels. Everyone on earth is affected, and the effects are mostly detrimental.

Science is always about asking questions, but it’s also about accepting the proven answers.

In his Monday letter to the editor “More to learn on climate change,” Bill Cramer said that gravity is settled. However, in a March 17 paper about gravity waves, scientists say a “review will be needed before there can be any scientific consensus about these new findings.”

We have questions about the nature of gravity, but we have no doubt a dropped rock will fall to the ground.

Even though we have questions about anthropogenic climate change, we know that if the world doesn’t cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral out of control, according to the leader of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

People with an agenda can always find questions to ask about any scientific endeavor since science lives on the edge between knowledge and the unknown.

Climate change is no exception, but the preponderance of evidence supports man-made global warming.

We need to stop quibbling about the details, take action to curb carbon emissions, and prepare for disastrous storms, floods and drought.

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