Letters to the Editor

Who are the real outliers here?

The " 'Year of climate?' Not with Bush unwavering on global warming" analysis on Page A-8 (Oct. 14) was excellent. However, the Oct. 13 coverage of Al Gore's winning of a Nobel Peace Prize ("Political gain in Gore's Nobel?" Page A-1) was dismaying.

First, the article you chose contained many criticisms. Second, you augmented these with negative, belittling titles and subtitles.

Even before "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore has been presenting global warming data to closed or indifferent minds for 30 years. His prescient book "Earth in the Balance" is already 15 years old. Surely better adjectives than "relentless" and "controversial" could be found to describe this body of work.

You quoted a critic as calling the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change a "small cabal of ideologically driven government scientists." In fact, the opposite is true.

The IPCC is a deliberative, consensus- seeking group of more than 2,000 scientists from around the world. Their cautious predictions (for example, the melting of Greenland's ice sheet) are already proceeding faster than anticipated. It's the critics, Joseph Bast and William Gray, who resemble agenda- driven outliers -- not the scientific panel.

Put aside research and computer models for a moment. Surely our own common sense grasps that continuous, massive pollution degrades and potentially destroys the host environment.