Mr. Slavens in his letter to the editor, “Chicken Little” in the May 10 edition of the Daily Journal, stated that a few unbelieving members of the scientific community is not enough to counter the 99 percent who do believe in climate change. Sometimes the consensus regarding a matter is not correct. An example of this is Louis Pasteur who fought to convince surgeons that germs existed and carried diseases, and dirty instruments and hands spread germs and therefore disease.
Even the government is divided on this issue. In January 2014, two federal agencies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, both confirmed that there has been no increase in global temperature for the past 17 years, even as atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased over nine percent.
Mr. Slavens said that even if the consensus is wrong there will be no harm done because pollution will be reduced. There are other costs associated with the promotion of climate change as a settled science, such as unnecessary fear and money that could have been used to address actual problems. One of the leading proponents of climate change, Al Gore, stated in 2008 that the “entire north polar ice cap will be gone in five years.” It appears that Chicken Little is no longer concerned about the sky falling and is now focusing on rising sea levels and polar snow caps melting.