Science doesn't depend on anyone's beliefs

Published: Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 - 10:03 am
Last Modified: Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 - 10:13 am

Re "Skeptical of climate change religion" (Letters, March 12): I have a request for climate change skeptics who write letters to the Sacramento Bee.

Would you mind including some evidence that you understand the science you're rejecting? For instance, you might not believe that global warming can cause blizzards. But you should at least know that the science provides a clear and cogent explanation for this. Global warming equals more energy in the atmosphere equals more violent storms.

Or you might not believe that human activity can change the atmosphere. But again, there's a theory for that. During the carboniferous period, huge quantities of CO2 were removed from the atmosphere and eventually wound up in the fossil fuels that we've spent the past 200 years digging up and burning.

You're free to believe what you wish, of course, but science doesn't depend on anyone's beliefs.

-- Stephen Stralka, Davis

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