To the editor:
This last Saturday, Cal Thomas writes on climate change, doing his very best to misinform the public. He requests debating climate change and says with as many words that climate change scientists are avoiding such a debate. There is an obvious response to the plea of Cal Thomas. He clearly is unaware that the debate has been going on for decades in the pages of learned journals that Thomas has never read.
For Thomas it is pretty easy to climb the soapbox and address his readers about a subject about which he ignores practically everything. It would be a very different thing to check the original sources, which show how scientists increasingly and steadily accept climate change as real, mostly man-caused and of dire consequences for our societies. Thomas quotes approvingly from such scientific luminaries as Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who believes that the last report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is “all politics.”
Quite the contrary, it is a data rich, easy to understand by nonprofessionals, concise and sober explanation of the science and economics of climate change. For those readers of the Journal-World interested in checking facts themselves, visit www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/index.htm. The executive summary to which Thomas refers as “all politics” can be consulted there. At the very least it should provide a refreshing contrast with the pontificating of Mr. Thomas.