The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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October 2, 2013

The deniers

For most people facing the impacts of climate change, including the majority of Americans, this reality is not controversial. But special interests, with exorbitant funding and support from dirty energy companies, have spent decades on well-coordinated campaigns to mislead and deceive us. They carefully planted the seeds of doubt and cynicism into the conversation, so they could slow down or stop the actions we need to solve this problem.

Climate deniers are following the exact same playbook as the tobacco companies that once denied that smoking causes cancer. They're doing all they can to make this confusing for us. But 97 percent of climate scientists understand that climate change is a reality. The scientists are not confused. And we shouldn't be either.

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a senior member of the House Science Committee, recently said climate change is a plot by liberals to "create global government to control all our lives." Over in the Senate, not a single Republican on the Environment Committee accepts climate science. Sen. James Inhofe touts climate change as a "hoax" perpetuated by the United Nations and the "Hollywood elite."

Standard Right Wing delusion ... here come the black helicopters!

David Ambrose, Lewisburg

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