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Get real about climate change

Michael Hopkins November 7th, 2012

Tom Furlong (Letters, “Why not move already?,” Oct. 24, Oklahoma Gazette) writes, “To think humans could alter the climate is hubris at its most significant.” Really? Humans have vastly increased levels of the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It would be the height of hubris to think that increasing levels of greenhouse gases would fail to result in greenhouse warming as physics demands.

Mickey McVay (“Kool-Aid’s global warming flavor,” Oct. 24, Gazette) then tells us that those who believe in anthropological climate change need courses in historical geology.

This is from a man who previously and falsely told us (Letters, “Mistaken environmentalists,” Sept. 14, 2011, Gazette) that the atmosphere is 95-percent water. People who can’t get what is in Oklahoma’s sixth-grade science standards right should not tell others to take coursework.

Climate scientists know climate has changed extensively prior to man, as a check of their writings will reveal. So does the Geological Society of America, whose position is that human activities “account for most of the warming since the middle 1900s.”

He then brags about “16,000” — actually 31,487 — “degreed scientists” who signed the Oregon Petition against global warming.

The petition has been around for 14 years, has had mass mailings trolling for signatures, and represents a fraction of 1 percent of the people with at least a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering.

Making such lists of “scientists,” which is also done by creationists and those who deny that HIV causes AIDS, is a common tactic used by cranks to gain false respectability.

Mike Brake (“Rational on climate change,” Oct. 17) suggests the sun is responsible for the warming as did McVay in his 2011 letter. In the last few decades, while global average temperatures have gone up, solar output has gone slightly down.

Do they think that the vast majority of relevant scientists would be so stupid as to ignore the sun?

—Michael Hopkins, Norman

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