Letter - Global warming a topic worthy of public debate

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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.

Steve Singleton

Walla Walla

Comments

namvet60 11 months ago

Great letter Steve - this subject is something that should not be discarded even if the government would like it to get kicked to the sideline.

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GeneandCassie 11 months ago

Is it getting 'kicked to the sideline' by Governments????

I'd have to say No; given sites like at this link:

http://globalchange.gov/

As the site says, 'empower the Nation with Global Change Science'

Or this link; featuring an Executive Order on the subject:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/01/executive-order-preparing-united-states-impacts-climate-change

More sites abound with a Web Search.....

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downhillracer 11 months ago

Careful, you're going to confuse them and make them sputter (more than usual) with actual facts based in academic research, versus research funded by the forces behind the Oil industry.

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namvet60 11 months ago

GeneandCassie - those are great links if you have the faith of the benefactor and choose to enjoy biased reports.

OK - Thanks ~ I'll surf the Web . . . . .

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GeneandCassie 11 months ago

Easy come easy go....

Perhaps the Elbonian government has an unbiased interest in the subject....

Anymore, bias with agendas is what its all about....

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namvet60 11 months ago

I didn't realize that just because I didn't have faith in the .gov websites that it would turn into a semantics discussion. There are multiple institutes that employ capable scientists that I would choose to follow rather than being force fed government agendas on global warming.

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downhillracer 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Academic research from thousands of independent scientists is hardly "force fed government agendas". You and Your ilks slathering love for all things stupid and ignorant is the greatest of dangers to our futures.

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stvsngltn 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Downhillracer .... always racing for the down hill road with his insults. However, that said .... what is stupid and ignorant would be someone who does not understand that those (yeah, right ... thousands) of "independent" scientists are receiving millions if not billions in research grants from the governmnent (not to mention the human nature issue of refusing to acknowlege that something they've been preaching for many years is wrong). Not to mention the political bias of many including the notoriously-biased IPCC.

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GeneandCassie 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Looks like 'business is booming' in various places:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/06/us/next-phase-of-obamas-executive-push-climate-hubs.html?ref=us&_r=0

Looks like a 'dot gov' is kicking a new set of hubs out from the sidelines......

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namvet60 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Must say there is more substance to this link than the other. The biggest destroyer of this country is the US government itself with the legislation and regulations.

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