- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Thank you for your Sunday editorial “Uncertain Climate.” The science of natural climate change is well-documented. Understanding climate science is critical, especially as Congress is planning to tax Americans for carbon dioxide emissions and spend trillions of dollars in a futile attempt to reduce CO2 on Earth.

The editorial referenced a petition signed by more than 31,000 scientists who recommend that there be no legislation on climate change. In addition to this petition, there is a peer-reviewed scientific paper by researchers at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine that describes the factors that control Earth’s climate. It references scientific research projects that show that increasing CO2 levels can increase plant growth and make plants more drought-resistant. The report shows a graph that “summarizes 279 experiments in which plants of various types were raised under CO2-enhanced conditions. Plants under stress from less-than-ideal conditions - a common occurrence in nature - respond more to CO2 fertilization.”

Continuous climate change is normal, as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration explained in the article “Earth’s Fidgeting Climate.” On its Web site, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works mentions no climate science other than anything that justifies taxing Americans for carbon usage. However, no amount of money or human tinkering can change the Earth’s climate patterns.

JOSEPH FAMME

Arlington

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