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Disheartening & shallow

| Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

The premise of Heartland Institute research fellow Isaac Orr's column “‘Certain' IPCC is wrong” is that the average surface temperature of the Earth has not increased since 1998. Although this is a prevalent myth in the climate-change denier community, it is patently false.

As anyone who takes a few minutes to check at the NASA or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration websites can easily verify, the warmest year on record since 1880 was 2010, not 1998, and the second warmest was 2005. Nine of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2002; 1998 happened to be a very strong El Nino year and so it currently ranks third all-time. But that is about to change — 2014 will almost certainly be the new leader, showing yet again that warming continues in agreement with the climate modeling predictions Mr. Orr denigrates.

Orr and his ilk may simply be poorly informed. Or they may be accomplices in a disinformation campaign that helps doom our children and grandchildren to a frightening world destabilized by accelerating climate change. It is disheartening to see such a shallow, polemical column that is so obviously factually wrong.

Robert R. Mitchell

Murrysville

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