- - Thursday, June 5, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I want to commend both The Washington Times and the House Science, Space and Technology Committee for exposing the fact that the science is not “settled” when it comes to “global warming” (“Experts tell House panel climate change science isn’t settled,” Web, May 29). Our government is continuing to try to make policies based on misinformation.

Let us look at some facts. The global temperature has not increased for more than 17 years, even as carbon dioxide emissions have continued to increase.

During those same years, a petition was signed by 31,478 American scientists stating that “there is no scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing, or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”

The climate models have failed to predict the weather. There is an organization of concerned scientists and scholars, the Nongovernmental International Panel On Climate Change, that publishes reports to highlight the deficiencies of the well-known Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports. Carbon dioxide is a very small component of all greenhouse gases. It is measured in parts per million and the most important greenhouse gas is water vapor, which we cannot control.

In July, the Heartland Institute will host the ninth International Conference on Climate Change, which will have many scientists and others to present facts about climate change.

These are a few of the important reasons why we should doubt what our government tells us about climate change. Our government is trying to make policies that will have a significant impact on the cost of energy and our economy — all on the basis of information that is wrong or misleading.

JOANNE THEON

McLean

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