The science on climate has not been settled


Steve Zilliox (May 5 letter to the editor) wrongly claimed I “castigated Steve Lucksted as gullible.”

I did not. My comment was in reference to others who believe the erroneous claim (by Luckstead, et al.) that the science is settled and therefore support bankrupting our economy to fight a nonexistent crisis.

I’ve very much enjoyed Luckstead’s interesting U-B columns but his response to my letter in which he stated that his (UN/IPCC) sources are of “higher standard” than mine (“Follow the money for answers, April 26) is simply untrue.

Yes, let’s follow the money. Billions in government grants have biased research. Evidence is sought to support a predetermined theory using manipulated data (see Climategate).

A human nature factor is also at play whereby those who’ve pushed the human-caused warming hypothesis hesitate recanting long-held positions based upon faulty computer modeling and Mann’s discredited “hockey stick” graph that Edward Wegman exposed (as mentioned by “Rock Doc” E. Kirsten Peters in her excellent new book, “The Whole Story of Climate”: the nature of endless change).

For an example of IPCC duplicity, read “The Delinquent Teenager” (who was mistaken for the world’s top climate expert) by Donna Laframboise.

“Climate Change Reconsidered” (claimed to be funded by fossil fuel companies by Luckstead), was reviewed by 35 listed scientists from the U.S., Italy, Australia, U.K., Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, Poland, Estonia, Canada, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Norway, Spain and Germany. References too numerous to list are cited in this book’s 60 sections. To claim all scientists who deny human CO2 emissions work for Big Oil is a canard.

Indeed, achieving truth about this issue requires reliable sources of research. Over 12 years I’ve invested in a personal library of 71 books collectively containing a vast number of scientific references and sources that include titles of papers, dates published, author bio data and credentials. Compiled, the names and bio information alone would fill a separate book.

Professor Murry Salby, in a 2011 speech at Sydney Institute (, demonstrated why human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide cannot affect climate change/global warming.

Asked about the need for a carbon tax, he replied, “The duty of a scientist is not to instruct the public what it should do ... that’s the work of an advocate (perhaps masquerading as a scientist). A scientist’s duty is to equip the public with physical insight into reality.”

That reality is: The science is not settled.

Steve Singleton

Walla Walla


Igor 2 years, 6 months ago

This is a banner day for the U.B. Letters Section. Steve Singleton and Gordon Philpot in one edition! I don’t know either of these men but I know a little of their backgrounds from reading the U.B. Singleton is a Marine and a retired CIA Officer. Dr. Philpot is retired Whitman Economics Professor and, in his earlier days, was an Officer in the British Army. I always look forward to their thoughtful, well reasoned, intelligent and to-the-point letters.

With respect to Singleton’s foregoing letter, he states that the science is not settled. Though I have not read 71 books on the subject like Mr. Singleton, I have read a few and a large number of articles. One of the recent books is The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism. To quote its author, Steve Goreham:

“More than 4,000 scientists signed the Heidelberg Appeal [a statement opposing the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit’s agenda proclaiming the existence of anthropogenic global warming]. Many other statements opposing the theory of man-made warming, such as the 1996 Leipzig Declaration and the 2010 Climate Science Register of the International Climate Science coalition, have been largely ignored by the news media and the climate science establishment. Probably the most significant effort was the Global Warming Petition Project, compiled by Dr. Arthur Robinson, professor of chemistry of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine in 2007. The Project was signed by more than 31,000 US-based scientists, and over 9,000 PhDs.”

Singleton is right. The science is NOT settled. Science is never settled and skepticism is part of good scientific practice. Statements like the "science is settled" are little more than attempts to end debate for political purposes. As Einstein said, "No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong."

The Left hopes that it can convince the majority of the people that CO2 caused climate change is a reality and if we don’t give government more power over our lives we will perish from rising oceans and a variety of other imaginary calamities. It’s all about expanding the size, scope and control of government in the name of the collective good while, at the same time, limiting our individual freedoms.


stvsngltn 2 years, 6 months ago

Appreciate the kind words and compliment, Igor ... and rest assured that I applaud yours. BTW, thanks for the heads up on another book regarding this subject. Ordered The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism from Amazon today .... not only to peruse but also to round out my collection to an even 72. :) Cheers.


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