I tend to give the letters to the editor column of the Plain Dealer only the most cursory of glances. One rarely learns anything from them but they do provide a window into some very strange minds. Within the space of two days, I saw two letters on climate change that boggled my mind. Here they are in full.
Hiram College climate indoctrination (appeared on May 1, 2015)
It was with disbelief that I read Hiram College is offering a course in climate change (”Hiram opens Biomes program to all undergrads,” Plain Dealer, April 24). For nearly $30,000 (tuition and fees) you get to spent 80 days going around the world looking at alleged impacts. When you return, you get 12 credit hours.
Basket weaving used to be the most ridiculed Mickey Mouse course.
How such a course qualifies as higher education is beyond me. It is nothing more than indoctrination.
Satellite measurements of global temperatures show little change over the last 18 years — a fact not just ignored, but challenged by inaccurate and manipulated data that purports to show warming.
Most people don’t know or realize when they hear about a ”hottest year” or other period, the data has very likely been falsified. I’m afraid what’s happening at Hiram is also occurring at other colleges, probably in an effort to get government funding.
John M. Sanders,
Climate-data fudging continues (appeared on May 3, 2015)
Man-made climate change is settled science and is threatening our very existence Really? If so, why are so-called climate scientists continually shown to be cooking the books?
First, there was Michael Mann’s hockey stick graph predicting our demise. Of course that graph was finally and completely discredited as bad science. Then there was Phil Jones’ forced resignation as director of University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit. He, too, had been shown to be manipulating data. John Cook’s flawed 2013 study produced the often-quoted claim that 97 percent of scientists believe in man-made global warming. That’s not true, either. Now we hear that climate scientists are continuing the practice of correcting ”past errors.” They always find justification to adjust past temperatures downward to support their claim we are in a warming trend.
I am often called a denier, but that’s OK. Unlike those who offer that as criticism, I have actually taken the time to research and examine the facts.
It is quite extraordinary how these people make sweeping claims about things that are manifestly false and yet are so assured that they are right. For example, don’t they have any idea how average global temperatures are measured and the massive amount of collusion that would have to exist by large numbers of scientists over a long period of time to falsify the data in any appreciable way?
And why would the scientists do this anyway? There is this curious idea that if one warns of global warming and the disastrous effects of climate change, then rivers of money would flow towards you. That is simply not true. The very fact that almost all scientists believe that warming is occurring means that there is very little research money available for each one. In fact, just a few days ago, the US House of Representatives voted along party lines to slash NASA’s budget for earth sciences that could amount to as much as 40%. Geoscience research funding at the NSF and DOE have also been cut about 10%. Does anyone doubt that this is vindictive act because earth scientists have been among those warning about the dangers of climate change?
In fact, the contrary is true. If you are a scientist willing to deny climate change, then the Koch brothers, the Heartland Institute, and entire industries will rush to fund your ‘research’ and give you a platform.
Climate change deniers seem to think as long as we don’t talk about it, it won’t happen.