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June 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Global warming

Sadly, many still deny that the Earth is getting warmer

Despite the overwhelming evidence from astronomy, geology and physics that the Earth is round and orbits the sun, there are still those who believe we live on a flat world that is at the center of the universe.

Even though there were thousands of NASA employees and space-program scientists (not to mention the astronauts themselves) who took part in the Apollo missions, there are still those who believe the moon landings were faked.

And despite the convincing and widely-accepted data that support the reality of global warming, there are still those people like Pam Schmoll of Bellevue who make think global warming doesn’t exist [“Don’t trust federal scientists,” Northwest Voices, June 21].

Schmoll and others who share her views are wrong; despite her haranguing about federal scientists espousing nonscience evidence, the scientific community is in resounding agreement about the existence of global warming, and this concurrence is readily reflected in article after article from scientific literature.

One can only conclude that Schmoll is stunningly uninformed about what the scientific community actually says about the issue of climate change.

There is a depressingly sizable segment of the American-political spectrum that tends to dismiss that which is supported by convincing scientific evidence and at the same time embraces beliefs that have little or no credible basis.

These people espouse a drearily predictable theme: If the federal government says it, then it’s wrong. Talk about tainted beliefs!

— Russell L. Higgins, Monroe

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