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Letter: Critical of climate cartoon

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Last week’s paper had a cartoon about “climate denial,” putting down those who don’t buy into the theory that climate conditions will destroy our planet in short order unless we change our lifestyle. However, we should consider:

In 1970, to the unsuspecting, concerns about the climate seemed valid. After all, being good stewards of our environment is certainly a virtue. Washington University biologist Barry Commoner convinced many that “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world, as a suitable place of human habitation.”

Was this a reference to global warming? Guess again. Ecologist Kenneth Watt backed up Commoner with “If present trends continue, the world will be about 4 degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but 11 degrees colder in the year 2000.” This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.

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