Fein in denial, not climate-change leaders
March 12, 2014 04:00 AM | 609 views | 4 4 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

On March 10, Dr. Melvyn Fein titled his column in the MDJ “Liberals’ climate-change denial hides many sins.” Since Dr. Fein claims to be thoroughly inculcated into the scientific peer review process, as his peer (certainly, I am as knowledgeable of climate change as he is) I would suggest that he change his title, since liberal or conservative political viewpoints should not correlate with scientific proof of climate change.

Further, the headline is inflammatory and brands the author as biased before a reading of the article begins. However, I think the good professor would discard this advice.

Dr. Fein bases his global warming rebuttal on 1) scientific journals are subject to manipulation, as evidenced by 120 science and math papers that were fraudulent, 2) scientific consensus proves nothing, 3) computer simulations are not facts and cannot validate themselves, 4) “People who are in denial refuse to see facts,” and 5) “Liberals are in deep denial.”

Regarding item (1): the 120 fraudulent scientific journals were indeed found to be fraudulent and not used to influence future research. In this example, the review process worked. Item (2): Please refer to item (4). Item (3): the climate scientists know this and continue to try to improve the computer models, not to validate global warming, but to predict its impact for planning purposes.

The real proof of global warming is found in field measurements (facts) of recent temperature increases (certainly with fluctuations, but still increasing); measurements of ice core and atmospheric gases (facts) which show a direct correlation of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature increases.

“Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position,” NASA has said at climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus. It is worth your perusal because it contains a staggering list of scientific organizations which have agreed with the concept that global warming exists and that mankind is highly likely to be causing it. I would like to see a poll of how many of the scientists in these prestigious groups are liberals in “deep denial.”

Finally, Fein’s reasoning is beyond faulty and biased. However, I believe him fully when he states: “People in denial argue for the strangest things.”

Ken Buxton

Marietta

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Kevin Foley
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March 12, 2014
Mr. Buxton, the facts never interfere with Fein's opinions. If you attended KSU's so-called Marketplace of Ideas you would have seen Fein in action, dismissing irrefutable facts as "lies," and spouting baseless Koch brother talking points as KSU Pres. Dan Papp sat before him doing face palms. It was an embarrassingly un-academic, anti-intellectual performance.
foleystrikesagain
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March 13, 2014
It has become tragic how jealous you are of Dr. Fein. He is well respected and you can't stand that he receives accolades and you have nothing to show for your 'works.' Foley, you are mean spirited and rude to anyone who disagrees with you. It's pretty pathetic to see you chime in on so many topics with negativity to anyone who may have a different opinion then you You ooze with hatred and snide remarks. I'm sorry you're so unhappy.
CobbCoGuy
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March 12, 2014
Mr. Buxton,

You seem well-read and civil.

You obviously are aware of the mis-match between increased CO2 emissions and the mean global temperature not rising as expected for the past decade.

Furthermore, I believe the current consensus is that the Pacific Ocean is absorbing much of the excess heat.

Why didn't the climate models predict this? Why were the climate scientists taken by surprise?
am telling you
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March 12, 2014
Believe me, most of us agree about global warming. Thing is, we are all about to freeze to death. Any idea when global cooling will take place? Will that mean it will get warm?

Just wondering.
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