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Big Oil can't alter the facts of climate change

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Fifty years after Rachel Carson was attacked by industrial interests for writing "Silent Spring" ("'Silent Spring' echo still eloquent," Sept. 16), the players have changed but the game is still the same. Courageous climate scientists such as James Hansen, Michael Mann, Katharine Hayhoe and Kerry Emanuel are routinely smeared by representatives of the fossil fuel industry for highlighting the risks of unrestricted greenhouse gas emissions.

Even those who point out that a revenue-neutral carbon tax is the best way to solve the problem of global warming have been assaulted in online alleys by Big Oil's goons.

Of course, all the attacks in the world can't change the facts. The risks of fossil-fueled climate change are real and significant, despite the efforts of a petroleum-powered noise machine to convince people otherwise.

D. R. Tucker

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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