Letter to the editor | No debating ignorance

March 29, 2014 

Russell Brooks’ Wednesday letter (“Actually, there is a debate”) excoriating Bob Potter for criticizing the CDT for running one more big lie that there is legitimate debate concerning climate change is correct in one sense.

There is a debate — between knowledge and ignorance; between concern for our future and short-term profit.

The National Academy of Sciences says, “It is now more certain than ever, based on many lines of evidence, that humans are changing earth’s climate.”

What part of that does Brooks not get?

The phony “debate” on the climate change issue was bankrolled by coal and oil corporations.

Their strategy was to raise doubt among those who don’t read science.

Having a debate is not necessary on issues that are settled.

Should the Flat Earth Society be invited to express their belief when most of us think our planet is round?

Finally, Brooks injects politics and insults where they don’t belong.

Potter is an exemplary citizen, yet Brooks’ letter to the editor makes him a bully, a progressive and, by innuendo, a Marxist.

I doubt his claim that Potter is his good friend.

He is, however, a great friend of State College.

Geoffrey Godbey, State College

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