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Friday, May 31, 2013
I hope that no one takes Phillip Unger’s commentary seriously (“Be skeptical even of scientists,” May 26). Unger claims we should be skeptical of global warming because some scientists are unethical and because “Climategate” showed that bad science was used to confirm environmental claims, warnings and predictions.
Yes, there are unethical scientists, but they are relatively few and, because science is a self-correcting discipline, erroneous research results are always discovered; research is inevitably replicated, and faulty conclusions are exposed.
However, we must not be skeptical about global warming. Investigations of “Climategate” documents have not demonstrated that claims regarding climate change and global warming are false and based on bad science. Furthermore, the vast majority of climate scientists in the world agree that our planet is warming significantly and that human activity is in large measure responsible.
Inaction on global warming will, within a few decades, have disastrous consequences for our progeny as populations are displaced by rising sea levels and storms and droughts become more severe.
WALTER R. LAWSON
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