The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 1, 2013

Misrepresenting the facts

Kudos to Daily Item reporter Evamarie Socha for a well-written article about DEP's Michael Krancer speaking to the League of Women Voters. Through a finely-crafted narrative of the interchange between Krancer and the crowd gathered to ask questions about the health of the Susquehanna River and other environmental concerns, Socha showed how his effort to tout the governor's agenda was thwarted.

His refusal to grant "impaired" status to the river begs the question: What is the worst thing that could happen if the river were granted that status? By the same token, what is the best thing that could happen? By answering those questions, Krancer's allegiance to the fossil fuel industry would become clear.

Socha also handled well Krancer's citation of UN climate change chief Rajendra Pachauri's claim that there has been a 17-year pause in global temperature increases. She simply stated the facts that dispute this claim, illustrating the fallacy of Krancer's belief. I add that the source of Krancer's information was slanted. Pachauri's words were taken out of context. He has clearly stated his position, in line with the National Academy of Sciences, that climate change is real, it is human-induced, and steps need to be taken now to avert climate disaster.

What Krancer may not understand is that although the warming of global surface air temperatures has slowed over the past decade (mainly due to La Nina events), the rate of heat accumulation on Earth has indeed increased. In fact over the past 15 years, the planet has accumulated more heat than during the previous 15 years. Unfortunately many people (including some climate scientists) mistakenly equate the warming of global surface air temperatures with global warming. That is simply inaccurate. Approximately 90 percent of global warming goes into heating the oceans. So the reality is that global warming continues unabated.

The Rev. Leah D. Schade

Pastor, United in Christ Lutheran Church, Lewisburg

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