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Letter to the Editor: No Laughing Matter


November 26, 2012 by wcobserver

Mitt Romney got a laugh from his audience at the GOP convention when he said, “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans, (Romney bites his lip, crowd laughs, hoots, whistles) and to heal the planet. (Crowd chuckles) My promise, is to help you and your family.” (Wild, sign waving ovation)

It’s a fact that most Republicans don’t buy the science on global warming, so Romney cracked his cynical little joke to an appreciative audience, but how does one justify the notion that ignoring the reality of rising sea levels is helpful to anyone?

American civil engineers, and engineers all over the world, are busy right now designing the pump stations and seawalls of the future to protect coastal cities against the imminent threat of rising seas. This massive engineering effort is happening worldwide, despite the GOP wish to believe otherwise.

How do we know about rising greenhouse gas concentrations and the ominous temperature spikes in Earth’s troposphere and stratosphere? We know because we have research rockets and satellites up there. We’re talking about rocket science. Dr. James Hansen, one of the most prescient and respected climate researchers, works for NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the federal agency responsible for directing America’s rocket science research. Yes, the foundation for the science of global warming and climate change is rocket science.

I remember a time, not so long ago, when everyone, even the staunchest of Republicans, had a high regard for rocket science.

George Dean Patterson, Elkins, Arkansas

[Dr. Patterson lives in the wilds near Elkins. He works as a primary care physician at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks. He likes dogs.]




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