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CLIMATE: Scientists’ standards higher than climate contrarians

Letter by Aaron C. Huertas, Washington, D.C. on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm | 15 Comments »
August 31, 2010 1:35 pm

Re: “Climate change: At least science admits its errors” (editorial, 8-31).

Your editorial rightly noted that science corrects itself over time. That is one reason policymakers and citizens should have confidence in the conclusion that the Earth is warming rapidly due to an overload of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere from burning fossil fuels.

If the contrarians who have been attacking climate scientists were held to the same standards those scientists hold themselves to, they would have been shamed out of the public debate decades ago.

Finally, your editorial mentions the controversy over e-mails stolen from climate scientists last fall, but neglected to note that five independent investigations have cleared the scientists of wrongdoing. That hasn’t stopped the contrarians, many funded by the coal and oil industries, who are still working overtime to confuse the public.’

If they had the same intellectual integrity as climate scientists, they would be offering ideas about how to address climate change instead of questioning its reality.

(Huertas is press secretary for the Union of Concerned Scientists.)

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