Climate change deniers fooled by monied interests

August 25, 2013 

In his Aug. 16 letter, Mr. Frank Eldridge called global warming a "farce which has been debunked by most credible scientists." Not true.

There are no national or major scientific institutions anywhere in the world that dispute that climate change is caused by humans. Not one. Worldwide.

Why then do 31 percent of Americans still deny global warming? They're influenced by money. Since 2003 over $279 million has been spent by energy lobbyists, contributions to GOP congressmen and conservative billionaires to foster climate warming doubt to protect their own financial interests.

Daniel Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard, lists four key reasons ranging from the fact that global warming doesn't take a human form making it difficult for us to think of it as an enemy, to our brains' failure to accurately perceive gradual change as opposed to rapid shifts. Climate change has occurred slowly enough for our minds to normalize it, which is precisely what makes it a deadly threat because it fails to trip the brain's alarm, leaving us soundly asleep in a burning bed.

For answers to all global warming deniers questions go to: skepticalscience.com/argument.php.

Mr. Eldridge is misinformed about the deficit, too. The U.S. budget deficit for the most recent fiscal year fell to $1.089 trillion, $200 billion smaller than it was last year and nearly $300 billion smaller than when President Obama took office.

Investors Business Daily states: "Believe it or not, the federal deficit has fallen faster over the past three years than it has in any such stretch since demobilization from World War II."

One should rely on researched facts from reputable sources. As Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said: "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."

David Cartee

Bradenton

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