Letter to the Editor

Change of heart

Los OsosSeptember 2, 2013 

Several recent letters to The Tribune have expressed substantial skepticism concerning the existence of climate change, and such opinions are widely held among certain segments of the American populace.

As a counterpoint, an op-ed column in the Aug. 2 New York Times was headlined “A ____ Case for Climate Action.” The authors stated, “there is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts: Our world continues to warm, with the last decade being the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth’s atmosphere. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected.”

The column went on to applaud President Barack Obama’s recent decision to use executive powers to limit warming chemicals and restrict carbon dioxide emissions. It decried congressional inability to pass such measures.

Of course conservatives will dismiss such sentiments as coming from tree-hugging left-wing ignoramuses. But the column was written by four people who served as administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency under Republican presidents, and the missing word in the column’s foregoing title is “Republican.”

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