- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 20, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Unlike the political left, Denis Ables (“Climate Conspiracies,” Letters to the Editor, Monday) and honest climate scientists not influenced by the politics of flawed conventional wisdom and research grants are among millions of common-sense, independent thinkers who refuse to subscribe to the mass hysteria and indoctrination of extreme environmentalists and global-warming fanatics.

Of course, the lead actor in the climate-change farce is former Vice President Al Gore. However, he is merely dancing from the strings of leading global-warming activist and puppeteer James Hansen, who heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. On the side of truth is the foremost authority on climate change, Richard S. Lindzen, atmospheric physicist and Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the lead author of “Physical Climate Processes and Feedbacks,” a chapter of the Third Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has long been a critic of global-warming theories and the political pressures on climate scientists. Examples of Mr. Lindzen’s opinion can be found in the Wall Street Journal (“Don’t believe the hype - Al Gore is wrong. There’s no ‘consensus’ on global warming,” July 2, 2006, and “The climate science isn’t settled,” Nov. 30, 2009).

It’s bad enough when the education establishment, government and courts reconstruct, compromise, circumvent and revise our Constitution and American history in the worst possible light or else simply ignore the truth. But when that erroneous way of thinking means the fundamental transformation of our health care, energy, finances, free market and economy, it is tantamount to the tyrannies of socialism in the name of social justice.

Alas, it’s more than sad. While in the midst of this transformation, the ignorant, the foolish and the naive will suffer enough to realize they have been used and abused, duped and dumped upon by the intellectual elite and pompous progressives, just like the rest of us. Fortunately, there is now an awakening and a powerful hope in the wisdom and collective judgment of the people to survive and reverse the insanity. After all, this is America.

DAN JEFFS

Apple Valley, Calif.

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