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Letter to the Editor: Believe NASA about climate change

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

There is 97 percent consensus among scientists that climate change is real and that humans are causing it. This is according to NASA at their website: https://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/.

I would much rather believe NASA than some old post from the internet or Facebook from 1998 signed by people with dubious credentials.

If the scientists at NASA who know enough to send men into space to study earth’s atmosphere and take scientific measurements say the earth is warming and human activity is contributing to it, I’m going to believe them.

Since 2006, many other respected scientific organizations have announced agreement with NASA that human activity (burning fossil fuels and other activity) is causing the earth’s warming. These include very prestigious groups like the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, American Medical Association, American Meteorological Society, American Physical Society, The Geological Society of America and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

In addition, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and over 200 worldwide scientific organizations agree with NASA that human activity is causing climate change.

With such astounding consensus among true scientists, it is hard to believe that people still pass around false information on the internet to the contrary. People who have never studied much science have an opinion that it’s all a hoax. God help those people. They are obviously being swayed by political motives and pandering to their base and trading in ignorance.

We should not fear the changes necessary to deal with climate change. We can all do our part to limit our carbon output by making minimal changes to our daily lives like turning the heat down one or two degrees, using energy efficient appliances, driving fuel efficient cars and combining trips to the store or eating fish instead of beef one or two days a week.

The advances in solar and wind technology are getting so that using these alternative energy sources will become less expensive and their use will lower our carbon footprint. The Telegram reported that this fact was one reason Moody’s downgraded the rating for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline recently.

Let’s not trade in fear and ignorance, let’s embrace change and move forward. We can do this.

Judith Mesko

Rocky Mount

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