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Friday, June 22, 2007
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion@startribune.com)
Subject: Balance

Brian Lambert (June 22 "Global warming calls for truth, not 'balance' game") thinks that divergent opinions on global warming do not deserve to be heard. His first error is to think that the media are balanced, when political correctness rules in all areas. He also chooses not to know that there are qualified climatologists with credible evidence supporting the idea that global warming is not related to human activity but rather to sunspot cycles. History shows that from 1000 to 1400, Vikings farmed Greenland and from 1700 to 1900 there was a little ice age, correlating with sunspot activity. Carbon dioxide rises in response to warming of the oceans, which drives it out of solution like warm pop, and lags behind the temperature changes. It then stimulates plant growth. The catastrophe to come would be a result of the economic devastation to the poorest countries and people, caused by misguided and ineffective restrictions on energy use.

Science, if it is to be self correcting, cannot censor opposing ideas and the truth is never a matter of majority rules. And, by the way, Mr. Lambert, do you accept the science that shows it is liberals, not conservatives, who are the most selfish? Conservatives give much more generously of their time and money to help the needy. I guess liberals would rather spend other people's money, buy carbon credits and keep their SUVs.

Ross S. Olson