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In science, there is no such thing as “settled” science (“We Must Act Now on Climate Change,” May 15). The whole scientific process calls for the constant re-examination and testing of theory to produce better science, not to conclude it or establish “facts.” 

When you have any theory that relies on finding evidence to support the theory, but ignores evidence contrary to the theory, it is not science. 

If global warming was fact, scientists would not have to fabricate data, conceal contradictory data and conspire with one another to promote their agenda. 

No one is arguing that we shouldn’t strive to limit pollution as a society, but when you use flawed theories and scare tactics, you take credibility away from what could be a credible effort. Improve the environment through education, not scare tactics. 

The only “fact” that I see in this ongoing discussion is that global warming theorists are getting frustrated that they can’t convince others to follow their agenda.


Martin Long

I am very concerned about our community’s environment. 

Have you ever noticed that there are no compost or recycling bins on Park Street? Maybe, if there were bins on Park Street, we would not see recyclable things in trash bins. 

Imagine you have a banana peel that you want to compost and you’re walking along Park Street. The closest bin to you is a trash bin — in fact, it is the only bin. If there were recycling and compost bins on Park Street, fewer people would be making our global warming situation worse, because they would have the option to sort and place the trash correctly.

People may disagree that it is a good idea to put compost and recycling bins on Park Street because it costs too much money. After about a thousand years, the money will not matter, but the greenhouse gases taking over our earth will. I’m sure we can get Alameda County Industries to pick up the extra bins, even if it does require more effort. 

Having compost and recycling bins on Park Street would help our community a lot, and make us more eco-friendly.


Elizabeth Walker

The Alameda Sun received the following letter from fifth-grade students at Edison Elementary School (Edison). For more, see last week’s edition.

It’s been great to follow the debate between Steve Tabor (May 8: “Elite Foundations High on Carbon dioxide,” May 8) and Paul English (May 15: “We Must Act Now on Climate Change,” May 15). This local conversation mirrors the greater disagreement between people of science and defenders the status quo over the question of mankind’s role in altering the earth’s atmosphere. Here’s another view.

Picture a basketball covered with Saran Wrap. That roughly describes the relative thickness of the atmospheric membrane that supports and protects all life on our planet. It is incredibly thin: 80 percent of its air mass and virtually all weather events exist in the lowermost 14 miles — the distance between Alameda and Walnut Creek. For all practical purposes the entire membrane extends upward only about 70 miles — the distance between Alameda and Sacramento. For a planet with a 24,000-mile circumference we live under precarious circumstances. 

Now we have just learned that the instruments on Mauna Loa have confirmed that the concentration of carbon dioxide in this thin shield of atmosphere has exceeded 400 parts per million, a level that has likely not existed for more than 20 million years — about the time that great apes appeared and long before the spread of humans on the earth. There is broad consensus in the scientific community that this sudden increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is yet another example of environmental degradation caused by human activity. If nothing changes it appears that it will continue unabated and contribute to a steady warming of our world with all the extreme weather events, sea-level rise and human suffering that portends. 

Tabor and United States Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) are among those who argue for doing nothing for fear of putting our economy at risk. Others of us think this is short-sighted and irresponsible. It will be the greatest irony if we, as a species, abandon our intellect a scant 200 years after we came to understand the history of extinctions on our planet and simply indulge ourselves into eventual oblivion.

Harry Reppert