The facts are in on global warming |

The facts are in on global warming

Dear Editor:

In a letter to the editor, Daniel Poulin cited Anthony Watts, who isn’t a climatologist and may or may not have an undergraduate degree (he won’t say) to show that “there has been no global warming for the past 16 years” (“Stop spreading the global-warming myth,” Dec. 11, The Aspen Times).

But 2010 was the hottest year on record, according to NASA (followed closely by 2005), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in a recent paper, asked, “Is there any question that surface temperatures in the United States have been rising rapidly during the last 50 years?” Their answer: “None at all.”

Watts’ own personally vetted blog includes a post that states, “The physics behind the theory of global warming are solid.” Poulin says he has more links to peer-reviewed science proving that “there is no man-caused climate change.” But the one link he does provide itself isn’t peer reviewed. And his source of disinformation, Watts himself, said about University of California scientist Richard Muller’s study of climate change that he was “prepared to accept whatever result they produce, even if it proves my premise wrong.”

Muller found that the planet was warming and that the warming is human caused.

Auden Schendler

Aspen Skiing Co.

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