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The risk of climate change is clear & the risk warrants action

In The Daily Sun,

In his recent letter, Don Ewing labeled me a global warming alarmist. No, Don, I feel I am more of a global warming realist. My job, as I see it is to debunk the nonsense from letter writers to The Sun from people like you and Russ.

The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action. Increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere are having a warming effect. There is a broad scientific and policy consensus that action must be taken to further quantify and assess the risks. This is a quote from Mobil Exxon's web site. It only took them about 40 years to admit it, and as far as I know they are the only ones who are being sued for lying about this. You think maybe Don you are the one being misled?

"We can ignore the science and hide our heads in the sand and hope we are lucky, or we can act in the public interest to reduce the threat of global climate change quickly and substantively. The good news is that smart and effective actions are possible. But delay must not be an option."

This is from a consensus statement from 255 National Academic Science members including 11 Nobel laureates:

"We have seen the scientific consensus continue to develop and solidify, while signatures of a warming world — from global temperature trends to severe weather events — strongly suggest that our climate is already changing."

This is from the department of defense web site:

"Indeed, despite claims by some that global warming is a myth, there's growing accord among analysts and military thinkers around the world that the repercussions of climate change will require the same application of strategy the military would employ when grappling with any foe."

You say, and I quote you, Don, "Greedy politicians, crony capitalists, and a few others promote the global warming/cooling/climate change hoax to enhance their own power and wealth.

"The alarmists solution ... reduce fossil fuels use, increase taxes, increase peoples living costs, and reduce peoples freedom."

From your own words, then I guess the U.S. military is also involved in this climate change hoax. I think that is grossly irresponsible on your part and frankly pretty disgusting. I think you owe every man and women currently serving in the military an apology, as by association they are part of your so called climate change hoax. The facts regarding climate change are overwhelming, conspiracy theories such as yours are pure nonsense.

Mirno C. Pasquali

Laconia

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Fooled me, that sure looked like the writing of a progressive

To The Daily Sun,

Alan Vervaeke, in his response to my letter of April 7, accuses me of being rancorous because I had concluded he was a progressive while he considers himself a centrist. Let me just say I was just responding to his previous letter and it sure looked like the writing of a progressive. If he considers calling somebody a progressive rancor then that sure doesn't say much for progressives.
Now to his other responses. He claims that the job of the Supreme Court is to apply the Constitution to modern society. I'm sorry Alan but that is not it's job. It's job is to interpret it as written. If you want to alter the Constitution it has to be done through an amendment that has to be ratified by all of the states, not by nine appointed judges. The writers of the Constitution understood that if the document allowed for alterations by anyone but the people themselves then it would be rendered useless. Remember the words "of the people and by the people?"
I will grant him that part of Reagan's economy was fueled by the build up of our defense systems but this wouldn't have been necessary if not for the miserable leadership of Jimmy Carter. Apparently Alan has forgotten the interest rates and economy that Reagan inherited from Carter. If he hadn't needed to rebuild our military then the money could have been used for other purposes. I still say I haven't been as well off since the Reagan era. He thinks Clinton's economy was better and that can be argued but he managed to omit the part about it being Newt Gingrich's budget that made it so. Alan also disagrees with my feeling that racism has gone downhill under Obama and says that "Obama has stated over and over that race relations have improved." My question is, does that make it true? Remember, this is the same Obama that told you "if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor," which is just one of many false statements made by him. End of conversation.

Dave Schwotzer
Meredith

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