Letter to the Editor

Damage potential

Morro BayFebruary 26, 2014 

I was startled to see a very large-font caption saying, “Climate change not settled science,” in The Tribune on Feb. 6 — a viewpoint supported by reference to Richard Lindzen.

I Googled the name and found an article in The Guardian headlined “The Weekly Standard’s Lindzen puff piece exemplifies the conservative media’s climate failures.”

Lindzen is a retired scientist who has been consistently wrong in his scientific forecasts, in particular his 1988 25-year forecast showing slight cooling, contrasted with one by James Hansen accurately confirmed by actual weather, showing about seven times the temperature anomaly as Lindzen’s.

Roberta Fonzi and Heather Moreno ask for proponents of climate change to “prove their case before public policies are put into place.” The Arctic ocean is now more open than it has been for thousands of years. Coastal communities (Inuit villages, Pacific islands, New York City, London) have been devastated by high waters and more intense storms. What more?

Above all, policy should be driven not only by an event’s likelihood, but by its damage potential. Who wants to see our way of life destroyed by our failure of judgment?

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