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    Tuesday, November 28, 2023

    Unlike Cal Thomas, world should heed science of climate change

    Contrary to Cal Thomas’s assertion in “Challenging the cult of climate change,” (March 19), there is ample evidence that human activity is forcing climate change.

    The following “cults” have concluded that human activity is the primary source of global warming: The U.S. National Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, American Physical Society and the Geological Society of America. The list of scientific organizations is much longer, though Mr. Thomas would probably object to any with a foreign address. Another well known “cult,” the U.S. Military, is increasingly sounding alarms about the challenges that global warming will bring.

    It’s disturbing to see Mr. Thomas disparage the work of the scientific community. His line of reasoning involves irrelevant arguments and misrepresents what is known. He cites a study showing an increase in ice mass in eastern Antarctica as evidence we need not worry about sea level rise. Conveniently, he ignores the consensus (which includes the author of the eastern Antarctica study) that ice mass increases will not abate sea level rise.

    It appears the Cal Thomas cannot take the time to understand the science, lest it interfere with his ideology. Turning our back on science will not solve problems.

    Fred Behringer

    Old Lyme