Pa. deniers of climate change should listen to PSU’s new leader

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Oh! What a terrible day for Penn State Republicans! The new president-elect of Penn State — geoscientist Eric Barron — is a world-renowned paleoclimatologist, and he fully supports the conclusion that the Earth is warming because of fossil-fuel burning.

It had been a great season for Pennsylvania climate deniers: Whenever it is cold in the East, the climate deniers in Congress, on Fox News (including owner Rupert Murdoch) and in right-wing think tanks like the Cato Institute come out in droves to proclaim the death of global warming. It matters not a whit that while it was cold and snowy in the east, California and Australia, for example, were experiencing record high temperatures, and Fairbanks, Alaska, reached a record 61 degrees Fahrenheit. In January.

No: If it is as cold in the East as it used to be every winter, conservatives loudly proclaim global warming to be a sham.

Now that Penn State is being run by a climate scientist and spring is coming, what will Nittany Lion climate deniers do? Start a break-away Penn State that rejects climate change? Let’s hear a “roar!” for truthiness!

If you want to check Eric Barron’s position, here is a link: http://​chronicle.com/​article/​Audio-A-University-President/​126296/

CHARLES E. JONES
Mt. Lebanon
The writer is a lecturer for the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh.


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