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Letter to the Editor of the Leelanau Enterprise (February 22, 2007) in reply to their front page feature "Bucking the Trend" (February 15, 2007) describing Victor Goldschmidt's talk to the Leelanau Republican women
A Little Learning

They say a little learning is a dangerous thing, and in the case of retired mechanical engineering professor Victor Goldschmidt (“Bucking the trend”), it seems they’re right. Given the complexity of the processes driving global climate change (which Goldschmidt notes) and the grave threats to our ecosystem and civilization that global warming poses, it seems incautious, to say the least, for someone who “makes no claim to be a climatologist” to urge public policy based on his own admittedly inexpert opinion rather than the consensus of expert climatologists. As embodied in the recently published Fourth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that consensus – and it is a growing one – is that “most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations” and “continued greenhouse gas emissions at or above current rates would cause further warming and induce many changes in the global climate during the 21st century that would very likely be larger than those observed in the 20th century.” In short, the scientific consensus is that we headed for a climatological train-wreck of our own making, and fast. When he harrumphs “weak science” in the face of this growing scientific consensus in order to justify further dithering and delay, Goldschmidt hardly “thinks and talks like a scientist”; more like a partisan, a partisan in denial. The “politicized” views here are Goldschmidt’s, not IPCC climatologists’.

Larry Hauser
Lake Leelanau