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Climate change: A consensus among local, national, international authorities

Climate change: A consensus among local, national, international authorities

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In “A different perspective on climate,” (12/19) Katie Tubb of the Heritage Foundation first claims there are “areas of uncertainty in our scientific understanding” of climate change. Then she changes that to “considerable uncertainty” and then to “great uncertainty,” building up to the familiar assertion that debate continues within the scientific community. She believes climate skepticism is justified.

The United States Department of Defense is not in agreement with the above statement. In October, it reported that “Increasing temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change are exacerbating existing risks and creating new security challenges for U.S. interests.” Americans can be confident the DoD did its homework on this issue.

The CEOs of Business Roundtable are also in disagreement. “There is scientific consensus that the climate is changing and that human activities are contributing to that change,” they state. “Unchecked, the changing climate poses significant environmental, economic, public health and security threats.”  The nation’s top business leaders would not risk the $7.5 trillion dollars of revenue they oversee if climate science was not convincing.

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