To the editor:
In his recent letter, Alan Journet suggests that there is a scientific consensus that global warming is occurring and that it is caused by human activity. He also seems to suggest that, given such a consensus, those who oppose or doubt his view on the matter should simply remain quiet and there should be no debate. Both of his suggestions are absurd.
There are thousands of competent scientists who disagree with the global-warming hysteria. John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, calls global warming "the greatest scam in history." Nineteen thousand scientists signed a petition against the Kyoto Protocol, which would force the U.S. to dramatically reduce energy use and lead to much higher energy costs.
Shouldn't there be a debate about any global-warming policies that would affect the way we live? Apparently Journet and others want those of us who aren't true believers to go away.
Don't forget these are the same people who have blocked oil drilling in Alaska and off our coastal areas. They have also blocked the construction of nuclear power plants. Both of these actions have contributed to the current spiral of energy costs.
Before the government forces industry to spend billions combating a global warming crisis that may not exist, there should be an open and clear examination of the facts. I am not convinced that the facts support the hysteria.
JOHN HELDERMAN, Whitewater