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Letters to the Editor

August 11, 2002

Global warming affects us all

Prominent world scientists project that during our children's lifetimes, global warming will raise the average temperature of the planet by 2.7 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a faster rate of change than at any time in the last 10,000 years and may produce radical changes in weather patterns, sea levels, disease patterns and agricultural losses.

That's why virtually all the leaders of the developed countries supported the Kyoto protocols. President Bush has acknowledged that global warming is a problem, but prefers other strategies to address this concern.

Mr. Stonesifer, in a letter of 8/4/02, prefers other data, which is certainly his prerogative. However, rejecting the position of leading world scientists and world leaders including President Bush as hogwash strains credibility.

Attacking the media for printing a letter to the editor and the Sierra Club for expressing concerns related to public health and well-being further strains credibility.

Global warming is not an exact science, but an uncontrolled experiment. Questions remain about the rate of change, the mix of contributing factors and just what to do about the problem.

Carbon dioxide levels have risen 30 percent in the past 100 years. Even citing studies that would suggest a lower rise, why not pursue a transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy sources?

Air pollution affects the health of our children, even for those who choose to discount global warming. We're all in this together, regardless of differing views.

Greg Becker

Westminster

Carroll County Conservation Chair Sierra Club-Catoctin Group

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