I feel obligated to respond to Mr. Goltz's letter (TCH, July 22) on global warming. The web site Mr. Goltz refers to is an example of selected data. Any argument regarding climate change or any other scientific tenet should always include a reference to mainstream science and the scientific consensus, not just the minority view. To understand the scientific consensus relative to global warming, please go to: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_scientists_opposing_global_warming_consensus.
The chart: "Opinions of climate and earth scientists on global warming" is especially pertinent.
In fairness to Mr. Goltz, I must say that science never claims infallibility, and there will always be scientists who disagree with the mainstream. Occasionally the minority will win out by persistently publishing valid studies in peer-reviewed scientific journals. This is what happened in the long controversy about global warming. Like plate tectonics, global warming now is the consensus because of overwhelming evidence.
If we continue to burn fossil fuels at the current rate, our planet's long-term heat equilibrium will be destroyed. This means that our planet will become warmer in a time frame that will result a mass extinction of species. Our grandchildren's children will face other dire consequences, such as rising sea levels.
GARY F. BOOTHE, Pasco