An Open Letter to Senator Evan Bayh
I mailed this today:
September 28, 2009
The Honorable Evan Bayh
1650 Market Tower
10 West Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dear Senator Bayh,
Thank you for your letter of September 3rd 2009, on the impact of global climate change. Thank you especially for your invitation to continue informing you of the issues important to me.
Your letter states that the scientific consensus on this issue is unequivocal and that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are definitely causing global warming. Perhaps you are not aware of the Global Warming Petition, which was signed by over 31,000 climatologists, meteorologists and other scientists. The succinct petition reads:
“We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.
“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”
Like you, I am not a climatologist, but I do understand the meaning of “unequivocal.” What I don’t understand is how you understand the consensus to be unequivocal if 31,478 scientists, including 9029 Ph.D.’s, publicly espoused a dissenting position.
Since you mentioned your concern for Hoosier ratepayers, workers, and businesses, and any climate change legislation would have a significant impact on them, I encourage you to include these experts’ opinions when you discuss this most important issue. To do less sir, is, frankly, deceptive. Moreover, as a leader in the Senate, I hope you will inform your Senate colleagues of the views of this excluded body of experts. You can find more information about the Global Warming Petition and its signers at www.petitionproject.org.
Thank you for your time and attention,