Return of the `Ice Age Fallacy'

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014 - 12:03 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Re "Skeptical of climate `religion'" (Letters, March 12): As an "environmental fanatic" who owns stock in two gas companies and happens to have a physics degree, let me address Jim Hudock's s concern about the myth of global cooling in the 1970s.

First, unlike climate change, there was never a consensus of at least 95 percent of the scientific community that any cooling was a trend likely to continue. It appears global cooling was a product of the popular press misunderstanding the science.

Second, even if there had been significant scientific support during the 1970s, using that to undermine the credibility of the current scientific community is dubious. Why? Because the current scientific community is composed of scientists in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, who were no older than teenagers at the time.

Can we skip false claims about a scientific debate and stick to a policy debate?

-- Donald D. deRosier, Carmichael

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