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Global warming is erratic, but quite evident

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 1:48 p.m. CDT

The letter by Sue McGinn on Jan. 30 titled “Where has Al Gore's global warming gone?” is an example of the clear lack of understanding of science and the scientific process.

She decries “global warming” as a hoax based upon the pronouncements of John Coleman, a well-known TV weatherman who has no formal meteorological training.  That would be analogous to asking for medical advice from an actor who happened to portray a doctor on TV.

Statistical evidence of global warming is irrefutable. The vast majority of climate scientists agree that global warming is occurring. What are the results of global warming?  

Scientists agree that global weather will become more erratic and vary greatly from year to year. It doesn't mean that every place on earth will become warmer. Some places will become colder. Others will become drier as evidenced in the West and South of the United States; others will have more snow.

To mock Mr. Gore based upon the unfounded and uninformed opinions of a TV weatherman and others, is a perfect example of someone sticking their head in the sand and saying nothing is happening. Refusing to look at clear scientific research and trying to pass it off as a “hoax” reveals only one's failure to educate themselves in order to adhere to some twisted ideology.

But, even if there is only a 10 percent chance that the scientists are correct and that global warming is occurring and climate change is due to man's activities, does anyone really want to take a chance that what we are doing is making our planet uninhabitable? Is continuing with the status quo worth that risk?

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