In his March 8 opinion piece, "Realities of climate change," Times editor Jim Lee wonders how Oklahoma Sen. James Ihofe became chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee given Inhofe's view that climate change is a hoax.

Lee takes Inhofe to task for taking President Barack Obama to task for claiming that climate change was a greater threat to Americans than terrorism. Compared to climate change, terrorism is JV, and I'm sure Lee and like-thinkers will be quick to remind us so. In fact, if you believe, as Inhofe does, that the threat from global warming — sorry, "climate change" — is minimal, then you are an extremist.

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But wait, if that's true, then doesn't that inherently make those who believe that climate change is a bigger threat than, say, terrorism extremists at the other end of extremism? I guess not. Otherwise, Lee would have warned us of those extremists too. It was snowing and cold in February in the northeastern U.S. Therefore, climate change is real. Otherwise, it would be warm and temperate in the northeast U.S. in February. Err, wait.

Ignore the current weather pattern; one can't make conclusions about climate change based on evidence in one's home locale. Climate change is complex. In fact, climate change (what used to be called global warming) is settled science, as the current administration tells us.

Lee argues that dumping tons of pollution into the air most certainly has a negative impact on the environment. Sounds reasonable, but by environment does he mean climate, and if yes, why not say climate? Could it be that dumping tons of pollution into the air just makes the air bad for breathing?

The 97 percent (Where did this number come from again? The government? The media?) of scientists who are convinced the sun revolves around the earth must be believed. Scientists cannot be wrong. Oh sorry, I mean the 97 percent who believe climate change is a greater threat than terrorism. They must be believed, because scientists are not wrong -- except for scientists of the past, they can be dismissed, like the scientists cited in 1972 who predicted earth's coming ice age.

Oh yeah, even Walter Cronkite reported on it, so if it's a media personality, like Cronkite or Lee, telling us something is real, we have to believe it. Otherwise, we're extremists. Don't want to be an extremist, do you?

Gilbert Guillen

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