Letters to the Editor

Writer ignores important facts

To the Editor,

Re: Facts different from propaganda, Letters, Dec. 20.

In his letter, Bart Jessup ignores a number of important facts, such as a number of recent academic reviews that were triggered by the ‘Climategate’ scandal have found nothing wrong with the science that was conducted by the researchers in question.

It is unfortunate that Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth so shamelessly mixed a political message with a very important message about climate change.

However, if you look at the bulk of the message presented, it is in agreement with the general scientific understanding, at least as well as we can expect a politician to understand and explain a complex issue.

Just because he got a few things wrong does not mean that we should ignore the majority of facts that he did get right.

Recently, an independent review of the science behind climate change, conducted by Richard Muller, a University of California Physics professor who has been skeptical of human-caused climate change in the past, has confirmed the conclusion that humans are causing an increase in global temperatures.

Although there is much evidence that climate has changed in the past on its own, this only underscores how changeable Earth’s climate is.

There is also a great deal of evidence that we are now changing the planet’s climate.

Several independent lines of evidence all indicate that we now live in an era in which our greenhouse gas emissions are overwhelming the planet’s delicate climatic balance.

If we are going to talk facts, maybe we should use the most up-to-date information possible and research the issues more thoroughly.

Brad Maguire

Nanaimo

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