I'd like to respond to "Funded scientists the ones supporting global warming" (Sept. 16), attacking my previous letter, "Plan to stop climate change is economically sound." The "funded" letter begins by misquoting my letter. I didn't say "All scientists believe that global warming is caused by man."
There are a handful of denier "scientists" (the "funded" letter lists most of them) who are clandestinely funded by fossil-fuel corporations as part of a multimillion-dollar climate denial operation (Scientific American online, "Dark Money" and "How to Make Friends and Bamboozle People About Climate Change," also The DeSmog Blog, one of TIME's Top Ten Blogs).
What I said was that every publishing climate scientist and every scientific body of national or international standing says that climate change is manmade and that NASA's website has a list of all 230 of them. I also said 97 percent of climate scientists say that climate change is manmade.
The "funded" letter disputed this figure, but it appears prominently on the website of the National Academy of Sciences and is accepted, worldwide, by all of the 230 scientific bodies on NASA's list.
My daughter and her husband are both climate scientists. Neither of them get government funding and neither they nor any of the hundreds of colleagues they know are in any way doing what they do to get grants.
And why in the world would the government want to fund research showing it's been asleep at the switch for decades, not acting on an existential threat to the American public?
The fact that excess atmospheric C02 from burning fossil fuels raises global temperatures has been accepted by the scientific community for over 150 years (Wikipedia). The funders of bogus climate research are the fossil-fuel corporations whose products kill over 13,000 Americans annually (American Lung Association).