Debunking idiocy with scientific facts

To the Editor:

Scientists have been expressing concerns about the detrimental effect of fossil fuels on the planet from at least as far back as 1912 as evidenced by a 14 August 1912 article in a New Zealand newspaper, headlined “Coal Consumption Affecting Climate,” which read:

“The furnaces of the world are now burning about 2,000,000,000 tons of coal a year. When this is burned, uniting with oxygen, it adds about 7,000,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere yearly. This tends to make the air a more effective blanket for the earth and to raise its temperature. The effect may be considerable in a few centuries.”

Only a little over one century has gone by since the above warning was issued but the debate over its premise is long over with at least 97% of all scientists, many who have spent decades of their lives studying Global Climate Change, in full agreement that said effect has taken hold and that the time to act is now.

Despite the overwhelming amount of empirical evidence and all that has been said on the matter, our 45th President and countless GOP politicians still either refuse to understand the science behind Climate Change or are, even worse, intentionally attempting to mislead the American people to satisfy the Koch Brothers and the fossil fuel lobby.

Demonstrating my point, #45 just tweeted the American people: “In the East, it could be the coldest New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our country, but not other countries, was going to pay trillions of dollars to protect against. Bundle up!”

Fortunately, we (NH01) have a candidate for Congress in Mindi Messmer, a scientist, who has no problem debunking the Republican’s incessant lies and propaganda as she unhesitatingly re-tweeted #45′s idiotic Tweet at @Mindi4Congress1: “Climate change is intensifying the effects of the jet stream, causing extremes in hot AND cold temperatures.”

Mindi is asking us to send her to Congress in 2018 to “make sure we protect the world we pass to future generations.”

Wayne H. Merritt, Dover

Kimberly Sychterz