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date: Mon, 08 Jan 2007 08:43:13 -0800
from: Eric Steig <steigatXYZxyzashington.edu>
subject: Re: letter to the editor this morning
to: David Archer <d-archeratXYZxyzicago.edu>

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Except he should have said "denial" rather than "skepticism"

Eric


David Archer wrote:
>
> This guy says it better than we did...
>
> To the Editor:
>
> The article about the global warming debate claims to identify an
> intermediate position between President Bush�s refusal to acknowledge
> the reality of climate change and the view, articulated by Al Gore in
> his documentary, �An Inconvenient Truth,� that such change poses a
> clear and present danger to human life.
>
> This is not, however, what the article does. Rather, on every major
> point, starting with the question of whether climate change is an
> established scientific finding, the middle stance agrees with the Gore
> position and rejects the Bush deception. The notion that the truth is
> midway between two poles of debate is a longstanding American myth,
> but it does not work in this case.
>
> While neither �An Inconvenient Truth� nor the so-called middle stance
> is the final word on climate change, both are responsible efforts to
> get at the truth. By contrast, skepticism about global warming is a
> position unmoored from reality.
>
> Daniel A. Segal
> Claremont, Calif., Jan. 1, 2007
> /The writer is an anthropology professor at Pitzer College.
>
> /

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