To The Daily Sun,
I was named in three letters in the last two weeks, quite an impressive feat, I think. Seeing that those letter writers were Russ Wiles, Tony Boutin and Don Ewing make that a bit less impressive. These letter writers have no shame and no accountability.
In the past, Russ has published letters where he has said that vaccines are not immunizations and that doctors are lying to their patients. What if someone read those lies, elected not to vaccinate based on that and ended up with a child with a vaccine preventable disease. Russ having no accountability would claim his First Amendment rights and go on his merry way, leaving this mother and child with potentially severe medical consequences.
A few years ago a caller to a local radio show named Richard made some claims about the HPV vaccine and the disease Guillain-Barre (GB). In it he stated that the HPV vaccine caused this severe paralyzing disease in one in one-million girls who received it. Cherry-picking facts, what Richard, who is not trained in either medicine or in statistics did not know was that in this age group the incidence of GB is 1.1-1.5 per 100,000 or 11-15 young people would expect to come down with this disease. Much higher than the 1 that Richard was so hot about. But he knew.
What if a parent hearing this elected not to vaccinate her child based on this, and not on the medical research, exposing her child to a potential deadly disease which could have been prevented by a safe and effective vaccine? No accountability to Richard though.
We see this now with the climate change deniers. For years we have promoted getting young students interested in STEM vocations. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We have writers like the above trio who, I would gather have no background in science, who, without any documentation, attack climate change. Why would anyone go into science and be subject to attacks from such uniformed people? When a paper is published in science it goes through a peer review before it is published. It is reviewed for its research methods and data. Only then is it published. If it does not meet these standards then it does not get published. Like the famous Pero paper that one local chiropractor claimed proved that children could boost their immune system with chiropractic manipulation, it was never published because its claims did not stand up to the even low chiropractic standards.
If they have nothing, then like Don Ewing they claim this fantastic government hoax or conspiracy theory. Never mind that 175 countries, 197 international science organizations, 97 percent of climatologists, and that every national and international science academies have consensus papers out on the validity and facts on the changing climate. The Pentagon has a position paper out on the effects of climate change on future military endeavors. The military understood these implications as early as 2003 and adopted climate change into its planning in 2007. Hey Don, that was before Obama.
It is well known that CO2 traps the sun's rays increasing the temperature on the earth surface. Water makes up 70 percent the Earth's surfaces, so the majority of this rise in temps would be reflected in ocean temperatures. This is exactly what is happening, more and more data shows this.
The World Meteorological Organization declared 2015 the hottest year on record by a large margin. This year could be even warmer. The Arctic has warmed twice as fast as the rest of the world over the last few decades The consequences of an increasingly warming ocean temps can be seen in the bleaching of the great coral reef off the shores of Australia.
The melting of arctic ice and the rapid melting of the ice sheaths on Greenland add fresh water to the oceans, fresh water does not hold oxygen as well as salt water which puts sea life at risk. So says Matthew Long, an oceanographer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
A recent paper out of Dartmouth College published in March of this year — yes, Dartmouth right here in New Hampshire — looked at the release of CO2 from thawing permafrost. Guess they must also be part of this great government conspiracy, right Don.
Don, in his fantasy of a government conspiracy, does not recognize that climatologist around the world are publishing papers on the effects of climate change. Like this one: the summer of 2015 was more than two degrees Celsius warmer than the long-term average, said survey team coordinator Andrea Fischer, a glaciologist with the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
How does the great conspiracist Don explain this? Are these researchers also part of this global conspiracy? Are then all the climatologist who are publishing, deliberately providing false data as part of this conspiracy? This is just total nonsense and as crazy as anything Russ has said in the past.
I would suggest all readers do your own research on climate change, or at least demand that these writers produce some documentation supporting their insane theories. I think you will find those studies severely lacking in number and peer acceptance.
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