“Letter: Don’t believe everything you read on climate change” (May 23) gets its climate pseudoscience from a blog by a software engineer (now deceased).
I prefer to get mine from the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Scientific American, Nature and Science, which use peer-reviewed data.
Why is this newspaper printing climate change denial when every scientific agency of national or international standing agrees on Anthropogenic global warming?
The consensus on AGW among climate scientists publishing in peer-reviewed journals used to be 97 percent, according to the National Academy of Sciences — now it’s over 99.9999 percent (National Physical Sciences Consortium).
I doubt this paper would publish letters from anti-vaxxers. What you are publishing is much more dangerous.
It encourages others to believe the climate change denial clandestinely fabricated by fossil fuel mega-corporations and spread by the GOP (Scientific American, “Dark Money” and “How to Make Friends and Bamboozle People About Climate Change,” Union of Concerned Scientists’ website, “Climate Deception Dossiers,” greenpeace.org).
Millions of lives are at stake here. The international scientific community has warned that without at least 50 percent greenhouse gas emissions cuts by 2030 we risk “catastrophic” global warming: Climate disasters will cost the U.S. more than $160 trillion, according to an April 2019 article in Forbes.
That will mean “global economic collapse” followed by “societal collapse” (National Academy of Sciences).
We can prevent that: A detailed GND-style energy proposal released by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on May 13 will more than pay for itself (vox.com).
It would also create 8 million good-paying, local, permanent (40-year) green jobs and by rapidly scaling up clean energy, it would make solar and wind power, which are already as cheap or cheaper than any fossil fuel, “essentially free” by 2030 according to an August UBS report in the Financial Times.
Pete Kuntz
Northglenn, Colo.

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