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Climate change denial is a serious business

Harford County Council President Richard Slutzky at County Council Chambers in Bel Air. Mr. Slutzky has announced that he will not seek a second term as County Council President and plans to retire after his term is up in November.
Harford County Council President Richard Slutzky at County Council Chambers in Bel Air. Mr. Slutzky has announced that he will not seek a second term as County Council President and plans to retire after his term is up in November. (File photo)

I read with all-too-recurrent dismay the article, “North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists” (Feb. 26). I also read that Harford County Council President Richard C. Slutzky is promoting the ostrich approach proffered by the White House, denying that warming is happening as a result of human activities — the all too convenient excuse for doing nothing (“Climate change is real, Slutzky maybe not,” Feb. 26).

According to The Sun’s article, the number of hours during which the northern Greenland weather station of Cape Morris Jessup has recorded above-freezing temperatures is four times what it was in 1980. The temperature north of Greenland has been above freezing — 50 degrees above normal — creating a thaw; the sea north of Greenland, once ice, is now open water which, by contrast with ice, absorbs heat rather than reflecting light, leading to warmer temperatures. The meteorological consequence of thinning and absent ice is an increase in warming storms. Thus, the northern tip of the planet is in a warming cycle and loop which is only increasing the melting.

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I’m no scientist, but this doesn’t seem hard to comprehend. It’s not “fake news.” If the Greenland ice sheet melts, the reports I read suggest that the sea will rise 60-70 meters. Meters, not feet, not inches. Maryland has a serious interest in open and honest discussion of the future of the sea.

Mr. Slutzky’s seems to be ditching his own experience as a former science teacher to rely on the fact-deniers’ platform. More and more, “Republican” seems to be defining people who believe political affiliation is superior to fact, science, truth, or reality. I hope people in that party start to pivot to reality. In the meantime, we need real leadership now in the state from top down if we want to protect our resources in Baltimore, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore.

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As The Sun reported, even the "Climate Science Special Report" issued by the current administration has concluded “that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century” and that “there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence." On climate, Mr. Slutsky earns failing marks. It’s time for Marylanders to demand a change to people that have our state’s interest in mind.

Lisa Hemmer, Bethesda

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