Silly letters keep getting sent to local papers denying that anything is happening to the climate at all. Better informed people should rise to the occasion and respond. Jerry Elwood, retired director of the Climate Change Research Division in the U.S Department of Energy’s Office of Science, responded to a provocative op-ed in an Oregon newspaper.
Something like this paragraph of his should be boilerplate in such situations:
The Academies of Science in 19 countries, including the United States, plus many scientific organizations that study climate science agree with this expert consensus. Further, no national or major scientific organizations or institutions anywhere in the world dispute the reality of man-caused global warming and the risks it poses. If this is the consensus Mr. Agather is referring to as an “unproven theory,” where is the published, peer-reviewed scientific evidence that refutes the theory?
Eric Grimsrud has a less scientific but even more eloquent response here.
It is a shame that opinions such as the one Elwood and Grimsrud respond to are still considered respectable enough for print. Unfortunately, a major party vice-presidential candidate is fully sold on the conspiracy model of climate disruption, so we haven’t seen the last of it.
It’s also a shame that “newspapers” don’t leave their materials at a permanent URL. The original Agather piece is nowhere to be found on the web. I have added the Elwood and Grimsrud letters to the permanent archive at WebCite.