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May 26, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: May 26, 2013

Be suspicious of climate alarmists

A May 21 letter attempts to link climate change and global warming to being an omnivore. Personally there are few meals that can be better than one with a main course of a good juicy beef steak. If someone chooses a vegan lifestyle though, I can respect their choice. The trouble comes with the citation of the review of 12,000 papers on climate change.

If someone were to dig past the headline the truth is somewhat different than the 97 percent consensus cited. Of those 12,000 papers, only 65 claimed humans were the main cause of previous warming. A slightly larger number, 78 papers, specifically say humans are not the main cause. Almost 33 percent of the reviewed papers say that humans have had some influence on warming. Most telling, 66 percent of the papers on climate change take no position at all on humans being the cause.

Further, a number of authors who were included in the totals for strongly supporting human-caused warming have come out to say that the study is misrepresenting their results.

Carbon dioxide is not the bogeyman of the climate. The earth’s climate is a very complex system we do not yet understand. Thirty years ago, scientists were warming of a coming ice age. Today, many chuckle at the thought. Thirty years from now we will be chuckling at the dire falsehoods of the climate alarmists.

— Dwayne Owens

Terre Haute

IRS abuses have a long history

I don’t understand why everyone is so upset with the IRS all of a sudden.

Thirty years ago (roughly) I read, in a gentlemen’s magazine, a very good article about IRS abuses of power.

IRS abuse of power is nothing new; the article caused me to have great alarm.

And that was before they knew everything about us.

I really look forward to the time when they will be running Obamacare, don’t you?

— Mark Burns

Terre Haute

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