- Two men face charges in Cape prostitution sting (5/28/17)
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Police: Woman arrested after meth found hidden in pants (5/26/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Rabies confirmed in Cape County after person bitten by bat (5/26/17)
- Man with prior sex convictions charged with abuse of a child 10 years ago (5/25/17)2
- New features at Cape Splash geared for kids; revenue has exceeded costs by more than $200K (5/24/17)1
Debunkers use discredited data
To the editor:
Folks sometimes cling dogmatically to opinions even when facing powerful contrary evidence. U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., decided that global warming was a myth many years ago and steadfastly maintains that view even as polar ice caps melt, cold hardiness zones move north, and the data become overwhelming. From his ranking minority membership on the Senate Public Works Committee, Inhofe continues the lies, distortions and deceptions. Inhofe repeats and legitimizes the commentaries of those who voice opinions he champions that undermine public acceptance of the scientific consensus and the need for urgent action. The discredited arguments of maybe 12 scientific naysayers that have not been published in the peer-reviewed relevant scientific literature are repeated and publicized.
Inhofe annually releases the lie that hundreds of scientists question the scientific consensus on climate change. Unsurprisingly, his Web page (not a minority report) is promoted by individuals, media and institutions that wish -- for various reasons -- to promote the concocted lack of scientific consensus. Columnist Walter Williams (Southeast Missourian, Dec. 27), with his own political agenda, is one such promoter.
The laughable list of "scientists" Williams touts includes folks such as economists, mathematicians and TV weathermen totally lacking credentials in any science, much less atmospheric or climate science, along with some who demand their names be removed because of misrepresentation.
Williams' argument combines ignorance with smoke-and-mirrors illusions. This is only a political issue if one party thinks we should retain a planet capable of sustaining life as we know it while the other does not.
ALAN R.P. JOURNET, Co-Facilitator, Southeast Missouri Climate Protection Initiative, Cape Girardeau