Letter: Global warming denier's allegations offensive
John Faulkner, in his Sept. 25 letter, denies global warming, states that "the majority scientific view of the 1970s was that ... we were headed for another ice age," and that, "there hasn't been any global warming for 16 years." He also insinuates that climate scientists support anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming only to "fill their pockets with cash."
Faulkner is wrong on all counts. His opinions and the arguments of other deniers, have all been addressed over and over again, ad nauseam. The latest IPCC report (the fifth) was prepared by 209 lead authors and 50 review editors from 39 countries and more than 600 contributing authors from 32 countries. It reinforces the conclusion that humans are the primary cause of global warming. But for people like Faulkner, it's a waste of time to go over them again.
That being said, as a scientist, I want Faulkner to know that his baseless insinuation that the overwhelming percentage of climate scientists supporting anthropogenic global warming are, in effect, bribed to do so, is offensive, as well as absurd.
RICHARD BADALAMENTE, Kennewick