This is in response to two fatuous letters, one from Dan R. Clark (Take argument to the coffee table, Jan. 9) and the other from Ted Cox (Enough of public debate between the two Steves, Jan. 19). Claiming to represent others within their circle, both attempted to shut down what I consider an important dialogue about the anthropogenic global warming issue using terms like “childish,” “boring” and “ridiculous.”
The AGW issue isn’t merely a debate between two people who can or should be relegated to a coffee table. It has been an ongoing discussion in this forum among many U-B opinion writers interested in the subject, both pro and con.
Numerous letters and articles supporting the controversial (and erroneous) AGW hypothesis appear almost daily in news media and it’s absurd to think that I (or anyone) would consent to being censored because someone personally finds the subject matter to be uninteresting or “boring”.
Mr. Clark and Mr. Cox may rest assured (1) that a number of readers are indeed interested in this debate, (2) that many of them actually agree with my conclusions and (3) if I ever decide to discontinue public discourse regarding this issue it will be my decision, not theirs.
My letters on AGW have almost always been reactive in response to what I perceive as misinformation in news media that begs rebuttal. Especially in light of recent reports that the government has to date wasted over one hundred billion frivolous dollars combating harmless CO2 emissions. Therefore, I consider the attempts by Mr. Clark and Mr. Cox to shut me (or anyone else) down about this issue to reflect a surprising amount of ignorance about the seriousness of this debate.
So yes, I will continue writing letters expressing my opinion on this issue (and others) so long as the U-B opinion page editor accepts them for print (per stated policy).
In the meantime, I have a simple solution for anyone who doesn’t wish to read them — don’t.
There is always lighter (and therefore easier to understand) fare in the comics, sports, and arts/entertainment sections or perhaps the ongoing crusade by Don Casebolt and others against evolution.