When will George Will examine the facts on global warming?

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

What was George F. Will's point in "Bad climate for global worriers" [op-ed, Nov. 8]? China and India may account for 25 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, but in the interest of educating the public, Mr. Will should have mentioned that the other party that will not play ball, the United States, accounts for 20 percent. An average American accounts for four times the emissions of a Chinese and more than 12 times those of an Indian.

Perhaps Mr. Will should read serious science and discount the sensationalism at either extreme of the climate change debate. Climate scientists do not attribute the existence of hurricanes and tropical storms to global warming. What they say is that weather is becoming more unpredictable, with more extreme weather events than in the past. Using one year's outcome in the United States to refute long-term predictions of trends is disingenuous. Surely Mr. Will knows that while we were spared tropical storms this year, several typhoons and cyclones have wreaked havoc in other parts of the world.

Andrew Orlin, Washington

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I can't figure out why George F. Will keeps saying there was some sort of consensus of global cooling back in the 1970s. Yes, there were a couple mainstream magazine covers that 30 years ago talked of cooling. But, by a ratio of 6-to-1, peer-reviewed scientists who ventured an opinion in the 1970s were, in fact, predicting warming, not cooling. Mr. Will must be aware of the comprehensive study of all peer-reviewed journals from the decade that was undertaken more than a year ago in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The study also suggests that there were an even greater number of articles suggesting uncertainty and an inability to predict one way or another, because modeling was quite imprecise in the 1970s.

There is a serious debate occurring over how to address climate change. I have certainly come to expect the perpetuation of read-and-repeat myths by letter writers, bloggers and certain media outlets these days. I just don't expect it from respected journalists such as Mr. Will.

Buzz Belleville, Blacksburg, Va.

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I certainly hope George F. Will does not compose his global warming missives while on a cruise ship. I'd hate to have him sail off the end of the Earth, thus depriving us of his factual cherry-picking, anti-warming hysteria.

Thomas A. Bloch, Ashburn


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