Printed Letters: April 27, 2014

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The Sentinel should print a correction. It is not a NASA report that says man-made climate change is debatable. The Sentinel should not publish factually incorrect information even as ‘opinion.’  The link provided in the letter is a website by a retired NASA aerospace engineer (not a climate scientist, of which NASA has plenty as well).  Here is the actual NASA site on climate change: http://climate.nasa.gov/ And here is a summary of the ‘evidence’ that climate change is both real and happening (currently) largely due to human activities.  http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence.  Opinion is great, but sound opinion is based on fact, not false information.  Publishing factually incorrect information on an important topic does a disservice to readers, even on the opinion page.

Here is some info on the not-a-NASA report https://www.skepticalscience.com/NASA-retirees-letter2.html

And, Mr. Ciha, your point is? If one believes in God as our supreme creator then they are wrong? That you hate FOX News? Do you have a TV remote that allows channel changing (in your case I recommend MSNBC)? An on/off switch? Unplug the dreaded TV? Surrounded by so many “ignorant and uneducated people” must surely be sickening. My recommendation, I am concerned about your health, is for you to move the hell out of AMERICA and live in the Eden of your 2d choice? Do NOT allow the door hit you in your @ss as you depart.

I was going to comment that the report in the climate denier’s letter to the editor was not a NASA report, but a report from someone who is NOT a climate scientist. But I see that someone beat me to it. Here is another link to the REAL NASA: http://science.nasa.gov/search/?q=Climate+change+man+made

The letter writer (re: global warming) may rely on sources that appear dubious at best; but, it appears to be a Sentinel headline error in labeling it a ‘NASA report’ as the author notes the authors are retired agency employees.

I don’t think we have a smog problem, but we do have a smug problem. It seems that conceit and smugness amongst pro climate changers is rising faster than world temperatures.

M. Todd, I am merely noting a factual assertion, that there is no NASA report saying man-made climate change is debatable. Rather it is some retired engineers that worked at NASA 20 years ago.  I have no reason to doubt their competence as Apollo-era rocket scientists, but that still does not make their study a ‘NASA report.’ It is an error, factually and demonstrably incorrect. The Sentinel should issue a correction as it appears to be their error and not the letter-writer, his reliance on dubious sources notwithstanding.

“NASA sponsors research into many areas of cutting-edge scientific inquiry, including the relationship between carbon dioxide and climate,” the agency’s chief scientist, Dr. Waleed Abdalati, told The Huffington Post in an email. “As an agency, NASA does not draw conclusions and issue ‘claims’ about research findings. We support open scientific inquiry and discussion…If the authors of this letter disagree with specific scientific conclusions made public by NASA scientists, we encourage them to join the debate in the scientific literature or public forums rather than restrict any discourse.”  A scientist remains open to new “evidence” this is true, but does not ignore facts. Emotions must be set aside, and name calling is just juvenile. If one has specific peer -reviewed studies that one can share, as most climate studies are based, then one can engage in real dialog.  That is not smug….that is what we have based all science on for thousands of years. Everyone benefits from that honorable practice.



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