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To The Editor:
Regarding last week's letter to the editor (August 21) in The Valley Reporter complaining about the In My View I wrote on August 14 being junk science, I would suggest the following.
Research the data relating explicitly to CO2 being the cause of global warming. Determine if the source is credible, and then submit it to those who disagree. This is the scientific process aimed at physical truth.
Using the suggestion to check Google for the facts, I came up with flat statements in Wikipedia that had no authorship. There it was said that CO2 was increasing due to burning fossil fuel and that the earth was warming and we agree on both counts. But to say that one causes the other, is simplistic reasoning and in error.
The theme of my article was to show that the warming cycle that the world is in now is part of a natural cycle caused mostly by variations in the sun's radiation effects. One point not mentioned there was the added effect of the earth's wobble about its 23-degree inclined axis.
Anyone can contribute to Wikipedia and, therefore, it can't be considered factual unless substantiated by authorship and verifiable data that can be tested.
Olin E. Potter