Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Have No Time to Waste in Countering Climate Change

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Have No Time to Waste in Countering Climate Change

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Bob Gold of Mt. Lebanon ("Wrong on Climate," June 7 letters), in his response to a June 4 letter, offers a spirited defense of some in the scientific community who dispute the mainstream understanding of climate change. His premise seems laudable -- that those who present the "other side of the argument" deserve a fairer portrayal than is often given in the media. And that proposal would have had merit ... 25 years ago. That time, however, is long past. The denier contingent has had decades to validate its case and has been found wanting.

Consider: In 2005, the National Academy of Sciences (1 in 10 members is a Nobel Prize winner) issued a statement declaring that "the threat of climate change is real, and increasing."

In 2008 the CEOs of 80 global corporations released a report stating: "Climate change is a serious social and economic challenge. We do not have much time." The signatories include the CEOs of Shell, BP and DuPont.

This past May, Scientific American observed that, of 13,950 papers published on the subject of climate change, only 24 ran counter to the scientific consensus. …

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