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Letters | FACING DOWN CLIMATE CHANGE

With anti-science stance, GOP blocks progress

RE “Sandy’s ruin prompts climate-change forum” (Page A1, Nov. 25): US Representative Edward Markey deserves high praise for his relentless calls for action on global climate change, which started long before superstorm Sandy returned the accelerating greenhouse effect to the national conversation.

It’s particularly galling to compare the congressman’s work on this issue with the anti-science positions of Republican members of the House, who appear to be in a contest to see who can most enthusiastically advocate the most regressive ideas. Georgia’s Paul Broun, for example, recently described evolution, embryology, and cosmology as “lies straight from the pit of Hell.”

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Based on meticulous computer modeling and the careful analysis of massive amounts of data, climate science is as impartial as it gets. The GOP’s relentless politicizing of the by-now-completely-resolved debate on the causes and dangers of global warming is another symptom of the party’s scientific illiteracy.

Markey’s research and advocacy on behalf of humanity’s future isn’t political strategizing, but reality-based humanitarianism.

Warren Senders

Medford

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