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The GOP has dangerous global warming views

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In 2007, while in an open discussion on global warming with Sen. John Kerry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that "the evidence is sufficient that we should move toward the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon loading of the atmosphere, and do it urgently, yes."

Fast forward to the present, and the Republican Party, including Mr. Gingrich, is about as far from his previously stated position as one would imagine. Example: I recently engaged Republican congressional candidate Melissa Ann Haluszczak on Jon Delano's talk show on the topic of global warming. She stated something to the effect that she didn't believe it was real and that what we are seeing is a product of solar activity.

Problem: According to NASA, total solar irradiance is currently at a minimum. Given recent disturbing news of a connection between warming oceans and a 40 percent decline in phytoplankton populations, her position is not merely ludicrous, it's flat-out dangerous. Phytoplankton account for half the oxygen production on this planet and are the basis for the entire oceanic food chain. This is Mother Nature leaning on the fire alarm.

How any person could dismiss this is beyond me, but I'm betting the Republican Party would find a way. Instead of helping to educate the public, the party lets business spread disinformation. Instead of helping craft good climate and energy legislation, its members stonewalled the Senate bill to death. I condemn them for their anti-science stand and for the time we are losing in what should be a battle to save civilization and perhaps all life on Earth.

TIM KELLY
Sewickley

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