John McClaughry’s column, “That really scary climate report,” disparages the recent National Climate Assessment. One might imagine that Mr. McClaughry is a climatologist or other expert, but he has no serious background in climatology.

His view of climate change conflicts with consensus opinions of the National Academies of Science, the American Physical Society, the American Meteorological Society and virtually every other scientific organization which could provide sound guidance. What does Mr. McClaughry know that the best scientists among us have missed?

A recent report by the NAS and Royal Society says: “Climate change is occurring, and most of the recent change is almost certainly due to emissions of greenhouse gases caused by human activities. Further climate change is inevitable; if emissions of greenhouse gases continue unabated, future changes will substantially exceed those that have occurred so far. There remains a range of estimates of the magnitude and regional expression of future change, but increases in the extremes of climate that can adversely affect natural ecosystems and human activities and infrastructure are expected.”

Instead of addressing these conclusions directly, Mr. McClaughry prefers to cherry pick statistics and statements, cite technical findings that seem to support his views, and disparage the opinions of his ideological enemies.

Here are examples of the last tactic: News reports were “predictably contrived to induce panic.” He refers to “climate alarmists” and “the government flacks who craft the IPCC’s Summary,” not simply those who summarize the data, draw obvious inferences, but who also disagree with his foreordained conclusions.

Mr. McClaughry argues that “whether human activity is the ‘dominant’ cause remains debatable,” in stark contrast to the opinions of the distinguished researchers and actual scientists who wrote the reports.

Political views should be informed by science. Instead, Mr. McClaughry disparages science in the service of his political ideology.

Kem Phillips

Cavendish

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alpha1six

So man is responsible for climate change? Wow, That is impressive since I'm guessing that the current warming of the earth must have begun thousands of years ago when the glaciers began to recede from north America and northern Europe and Asia. I suspect that since the planet has been through several "ice ages" and "tropical periods" that the earth will continue to warm until it begins to chill and then if man is still the dominant species we will have to figure out who to blame for the coming ice age.

houdini

The man made climate change hoax has only one real purpose, and that is to use it as an excuse to raise taxes on necessary fossil fuels and to satisfy the environmentalist nut jobs that keep the drumbeat going to secure votes of the brainwashed young in our society. Remember, what is now " climate change " used to be called something else. I think the word was " weather " !

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