Be skeptical of climate `facts'

03/03/2014 7:03 AM

03/03/2014 3:52 PM

Re "Trust the climate facts" (Letters, March 3): Following, letter writer Donald D. deRosier's suggestion, I went to RealClimate.org.

RealClimate acknowledges a slow down in warming during the last 17 years. In general, it's a mistake to mix scientific inquiry with the words trust, believe, and settled science. Skepticism is the heart of science.

This is especially true when people proposing massive changes to the world's economy rely on climate models that have been unable to explain the slowdown.

One theory is a warming ocean, but there are many competing theories and none has been proven. When, and if, scientists develop a climate model that consistently explains the climate, I may begin to trust their predictions about what will happen if we drastically reduce carbon based fuels. Until then, skepticism is justified.

-- Mike Genest, Lincoln

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