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Letter to the editor: Climate change studies represent real science - not ideological world view

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Susan Richardson (letters, Jan. 24) is right that the science of climate change is unproven, but only in the sense that all science is considered unproven; unlike dogma, by its very nature science is open to revision as new evidence is discovered. Nevertheless, the science of climate change is very well understood, and the evidence for human involvement in that change is so overwhelming that the vast majority of climate scientists, nearly 100 percent, agree that greenhouse gases generated by human action are causing the climate to change dramatically, rapidly and dangerously, and that we are already experiencing climate change in the form of extreme weather events such as droughts and severe storms.

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Even the Pentagon considers climate change a serious threat to our national security, and has commissioned multiple studies on ways to combat those climate related risks.

As for Richardson's mention of "Agenda 21", a so-called threat to American's sovereignty hyped by Glenn Beck and others of his ilk, Agenda 21 is a completely non-binding UN agreement that calls on local and federal governments, non-governmental organizations and businesses to develop plans for more sustainable environments; it was not created by George Soros, nor does it abolish golf courses and paved roads, as Ted Cruz (R-Texas) claims.

Richardson would like the science of climate change removed from our school curricula, claiming it is an "ideological world view." It is not; it is real science, grounded in extensive and rigorous peer-reviewed research. I believe it is far better to teach our students real science, preparing them for the challenges and technologies of the 21st century, than to keep them tied to the discredited dogma of the fossil fuel industry.

Joyce Denn - Woodbury

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