The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 30, 2013

Stick to the weather

Daily Item

---- — The headline in The Daily Item of April 23 "Expert: Facts not in on global warming" is inaccurate and misleading. While headlines are designed to catch attention, they should not deceive. Joe Lundberg is not an expert of climate change. He is even quoted in the article as saying: "I'm not a climate scientist. I'm just a weather forecaster." Maybe he should stick to weather forecasting since he demonstrated a lack of understanding of climate change.

He concurs that the climate is warming, but doesn't know why it is happening. He stated that all the facts aren't in yet which demonstrates a lack of scientific understanding. The facts are never "all in" because scientists are always seeking new information. As to the cause of the current warming there is a high degree of certainty that it has been primarily caused the burning of fossil fuels. This is the overwhelming conclusion of the climatologists who are the experts on climate change.

Mr. Lundberg pointed out that many trend lines have exaggerated the rate of change. Dr. James Hanson's testimony and predictions 25 years ago before Congress have been shown to be quite accurate. Mr. Lundberg's talk would have been more accurate had he given it in the 1990's. Climate science has become much more refined in its predictive models.

There is little debate on most major points on climate change within the scientific community. There will always be outliers. The fossil fuel industries have gone to great expense to try to create doubt by trying to exploit the general public's and political leaders' lack of understanding of how science works. They learned their lessons well from the cigarette manufacturers.

Mr. Lundberg's presentation was made to a receptive audience of conservatives who got that for which they paid. Let us not forget that Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, said that the Republican Party has become the party of Stupid.

Jack D. Miller, Middleburg