By their fruits, ye shall know them
Dear Editor: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines “shill” as: “One who works as a decoy, as in a confidence game, by posing as a customer or an innocent bystander.” Now, maybe Mike Mason truly is just an “innocent,” retired aerospace engineer with a background in physics (see: Mason, Mike, “Nothing’s happened,” Guest Opinion, The Aspen Times, March 9), and, then again, maybe he’s not. If I have misjudged him and implied that his past forays in your paper were the crafty manueverings of a carefully placed decoy, well, then for that, I apologize to him and everybody who may have been offended. Perhaps he is just “misguided,” as I opined in my letter of March 8. Susan Joy Hassol, in her letter of March 7, preceeded me in this, and complained that Mason was possibly “misguiding” people by using outdated data to support his claims of the neglible effect on our climate of the excess carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, due, primarily, to the record burning of fossil fuels, chiefly coal and petroleum.In my high school physics class, we were taught that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So, where’s the equal and opposite reaction? Where’s all the pollution and CO2, and whats up with that? Well, according to Mike Mason’s data fable, there isn’t any reaction to speak of, and apparently all the extra CO2 is being taken care of by plants (It’s good for them! How nice), and by the normal cleansing action of the Earth itself, so, not to worry. In fact, hey, we might actually be getting a head start on bringing back a veritable Eden, but only, and I’m really just guessing here, if we, to borrow from President Bush, “… stay the course.” Is that kinda what you were getting at, Mike? Gee, I don’t know; things are really startin’ to look kinda messed up …In regards to Mike Mason, I remain adamant that he is at least being misled by his data, and I would hate others to be lulled into a false sense of security by listening to him, too. Maybe Mike Mason isn’t a shill. Others may want to give him the benefit of a doubt. But, remember, that’s exactly what any shill is counting on. As Jesus taught in the New Testament, “By their fruits, ye shall know them.” My advice? Be wary.Bob KeenanCarbondale
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