Letters to the Editor

An open letter to a columnist

Dear Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, I just wanted to write and say how much I appreciated your recent column, "While our planet melts, Republican Party pleads ignorance."

I noticed that you were careful not to call it "man-made global warming" because, of course, that is the term of progressives. It could be that something very strange is happening in the Republican Party -- they may be telling the truth! You see, Mr. Pitts, the truth of the matter is that no one knows what percentage of the current thermal cycle is caused by humans. The only person who does know is the sainted Al Gore. If you were to graph the increase in population of the planet, say over the last 100 years, and the increase in carbon dioxide, you would indeed find a direct correlation, but the influence that man-made carbon dioxide has on the current cycle is unknown and perhaps unknowable. So for politicians to pronounce that they "know" is clearly preposterous.

We need worldly wise leadership (that we unfortunately do not have) to promote cleaner air for health benefits, and to do so in a purposeful way that helps our fragile economy, and does not cause massive deterioration. The way forward is for better scientific education so that people can understand what is possible and not be influenced by ignorant politicians.

Christopher D. Clayton

Hilton Head Island