Letter: Provide details to support consensus



My old school, WSU, has again made me not question science, but doubt those who call themselves scientists. WSUV Professor Brain N. Tissot, as a believer/advocate for man-made global warming, presents not one fact to support his premise in his April 17 guest column, “Global warming: What to do? We need to focus on policy options and take action.” He does write nine times by my count that consensus is on the side of man-made global warming. In fact no scientific fact needs consensus. If you want to prove 2 plus 2 is 4 no amount of consensus is going to help your cause. If you believe 2 plus 2 is 5 you will need considerable consensus to get the majority on your side.

There are scientific data that weather is cyclical, the sun has an effect, CO2 has been higher in the past, and the Earth has been hotter and colder — repeatedly — in the past. All Tissot gives to prove his point are references to computer models that show disaster ahead. Tissot writes “that global warming is real and caused by humans burning fossil fuels and forests.” I do not recall humans burning a forest intentionally. Give us references.

Long live Al Gore and Tissot, the consensus scientists.

Ron “Wick” Thomas