Mailbag: Fact-check before saying man-made warming is a myth

Re. "Commentary: Global warming activism appears 'contrived," (Forum, Sept. 13): This opinion piece is so full of errors I don't even know where to start.

First, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is not some bloated government panel of misfits. Information can be found on the United Nations' own webpage. According to the U.N., the panel consists of 12 full-time employees and has an annual budget of $9 million. Sounds like a bargain.

The writer states that 37,000 scientists dispute these findings. Who are these scientists? They don't work for NASA; they don't work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As It stands now, 97% of climate scientists agree that global climate change is happening, and it's man-made. So that leaves 3% opposed — a pretty small number. We did not even have this great a consensus about smoking. Remember the advertising tagline, "More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette"?

The Internet is a strange and wonderful place. People can find information to back almost any belief, real or imagined. However, if they stick to credible sources, they can make an informed decisions.

So the writer's statement that she objectively sought out all the facts just doesn't pass muster. Her solid backing of our own Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) is a concern. Rohrabacher's statement that trees release too much CO2, and therefore we should clear-cut forests, proves my point.

The facts are out there. You just have to want to know.

Gary Blair

Costa Mesa


Obama is weakening U.S. position

Our country is on the brink of a debacle. President Obama has brought us to a dangerous crossroads.

He seems unconcerned about the cost of his mission to destroy America's position as the world's reigning superpower. He is determined to break the backs of the top 1%, the rich fat cats who feast on the backs of the poor.

We may soon be facing the same decision made by the people standing at the windows on the 88th floor of the twin towers. Do we jump to a quick death or do we perish in the flames?

As a former officer in the medical corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve, I feel compelled to write these words on the 12th anniversary of this second Day of Infamy [9/11]. Obama is not fit to be commander-in-chief. Our country will sleep easier when he is gone.

In loving memory of the millions who gave their lives to defend this country and keep us safe, and to the innocent men and women who perished 12 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, you will always be in our hearts and prayers.

Dr. R. Claire Friend

Newport Beach

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