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Reader's View: Climate change denier needs to check his ‘facts’

In his commentary in the Feb. 5 News Tribune, conservationist and hunter Brian Maki said there was plenty of "solid scientific evidence that global warming is a phony science."...

In his commentary in the Feb. 5 News Tribune, conservationist and hunter Brian Maki said there was plenty of “solid scientific evidence that global warming is a phony science.”
Then he went on to use a couple of quotes from Leslie Woodcock, emeritus professor at the University of Manchester school of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science in the UK. I researched Woodcock. He does have a science degree but not in climatology. And his quote, that “there is no reproducible scientific evidence (that carbon dioxide) has significantly increased in the past 100 years,” is easy to debunk. All you have to do is take the time to look it up. There are scientific sites with measures of carbon dioxide, including skepticalscience.com. It has increased.
Then Maki brought up Patrick Moore, who has claimed he was co-founder of Greenpeace. The problem is Greenpeace says he wasn’t. Moore is or has been a spokesman for the mining industry, the logging industry, PVC manufacturing and the nuclear industry. I am not sure why he was mentioned in the first place, unless Maki thought “Greenpeace” would make his argument sound more convincing.
Maki also asserted that, “The Arctic ice cap has rebounded fully, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.” I looked at the center’s webpage and found this headline, “Arctic sea ice continues low; Antarctic ice hits a new high.”
Maki must have gotten the wrong information, which seemed to be the case with much of his so-called “solid scientific evidence.” He relied on one person who is easily debunked and one guy who is making his living as a spokesman for industry. And then, finally, he got his polar caps confused.
Bob Sullivan
Superior

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