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Apr.28, 2010

Vol. 110, No. 12

No consensus on global warming

At long last, Princeton and the Princeton Alumni Weekly are displaying ethical responsibility by allowing the expression of dissenting views on the theory of man-made global warming.

Mark F. Bernstein ’83 did a fine job reporting the views of William Happer *64, Robert Austin, and Freeman Dyson, whose research strongly challenges the popular notion that “global warming is a looming catastrophe.” He also reports the release of 3,000 e-mails from the University of East Anglia, though he tries to minimize their importance in the international debate.

Bernstein is wrong when he characterizes skepticism about man-made global warming as being the view of only “a few” scientists from “the consensus.” Surveys and widely circulated petitions show there is no consensus, and that many, perhaps even most, scientists do not believe global warming is a crisis.

As the years go by and the arguments of mathematical modelers are found to be less and less credible, I am confident these courageous Princeton scientists will be proven correct. I hope their attention, and that of many other fine scientists, will go to solving serious environmental problems that threaten life in the Third World, rather than continuing to promote an unwarranted fear.

Jay Lehr ’57
Ostrander, Ohio

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