MARK BLOXSOM: Spencer is simply wrong

To the editor:
Jack Spencer and the Mackinac Center are on the wrong side of climate change. Spencer’s column, presented in this newspaper on Friday, reminds me of the tobacco industry tactics from my youth.
Despite thousands of tobacco-related cancer deaths, lawmakers and the American people for years listened to Big Tobacco “science” and Big Tobacco money.
Little or nothing was done to stop the carnage until “liberal” courts cleared the way for tobacco death lawsuits to go to juries around the country. American trial lawyers and caring doctors exposed Big Tobacco “science” as junk science and nonsense.
Once the curtain was rolled back and Big Tobacco “science” was finally debunked, American juries and judges responded with massive verdicts against the tobacco industry. This led to overwhelming pressure applied to lawmakers to stop smoking related cancers. Legal steps in America and abroad were taken to mitigate Big Tobacco’s influence and reach.
Today, we are faced with serious climate change. But Big Business climate change deniers and their supporters want folks to believe otherwise.
Big Business draws its tactics from the old tobacco industry playbook. Spencer gives voice to such nonsense.
Spencer reaches back to the 1800s and tells us there is no global warming because temperatures did not increase. But that can’t be verified scientifically. The science involved in getting it right is extremely complex. Legitimate scientific global monitoring and computer computations didn’t begin in earnest until the 1960s as “Cold War” money became available to fund such complex and expensive projects.
Legitimate scientists have collected years of global temperature, sea level and weather monitoring data. They have done millions of calculations.
Scientists have collected ice core and annual tree growth samples and analyzed atmospheric temperature and composition going back eons in time.
What have they learned?
Scientists learned our climate change culprit is excess carbon dioxide in many layers of our atmosphere. And the changes are ominous.
Just as with tobacco, pretend-scientists and climate change deniers give us reasons they believe climate change is folly. Climate change deniers first claim the is no real climate change (insert “tobacco is harmless.”)
Then these deniers all that even if there is climate change, humans are not responsible, (insert “deaths not caused by tobacco smoke.”)  Finally the tell us their theories are supported by scientists, (insert “tobacco company scientists say there is no connection between smoking and cancer.”)
Do you get the picture?
We should not be willing to risk the future of our children by denying scientifically proven climate change as in the past we had been unwilling to curb cigarette smoking.
Mark Bloxsom
Big Rapids

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