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Ignoring climate change science isn't smart

Richard Haddad's anti-science screed ("Get past alarmism on global warming," Oct. 26) reminds me uncannily of the previous White House's readiness to disregard well-grounded warnings from their political opponents, as when Bush administration officials treated the briefings they'd received from Clinton staffers about Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaida as unwarranted alarmism. Sept. 11, of course, brought us the infamous Cheney doctrine: Even a 1 percent chance that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction was sufficient reason to mount a military offensive.

Notice that beforehand, justified warnings were dismissed, and afterward, no evidence was required to justify action.

Mr. Haddad needs to hear a few plain facts. The earth is, in fact, getting hotter and the scientific consensus on human causes of global warming is exceptionally strong. The "climategate" scandal has been repeatedly debunked and the economic consequences of shifting to renewable energy are overwhelmingly positive.

When scientific expertise is politicized by conservatives who prefer to deny inconvenient facts, our country and the world are the losers.

Warren Senders, Medford, Mass.

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