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  •  While I agree that your letter... (3+ / 0-)

    ...should have been printed in its entirety, I'd like to point out a couple of things that you can do in the future.

    Your letter is a string of short declarative sentences, which makes for easy destructive editing.

    If you want editors to use what you write, you need to combine two things: writing that's so good they want to run it even if they disagree...and construction that makes editing it more trouble than it's worth.

    Here's my revision of your letter:

    As Neil deGrasse Tyson tells us, science is true whether you believe in it or not — and the evidence is in: the science of climate change is true.  Not even the most zealous climate-change denier disputes the existence of the greenhouse effect, discovered and verified over a century ago.   Increased CO2 in our upper atmosphere helps trap the planet's heat, with the result that Earth is currently hotter than it's been through most of recorded human history.  The greenhouse effect is impacting the ice on both North and South poles, which are melting at a terrifying rate.  The ice reflects the sun's warmth; when it melts, the planet will absorb even more heat, leading to a potentially apocalyptic feedback loop.

    Whether you believe it or not, we need to decrease industrial CO2 emissions to save our planetary civilization.  Whether you believe it or not, the most significant man-caused source of CO2 gases is coal-fired electrical generation.  Whether you believe it or not, a common-sense mix of intelligent conservation and renewable energy sources can meet our society's needs.  The time to act is now.

    The rhetorical repetition of "whether you believe it or not" in the second paragraph is like a treat for the editors — easy word-count reduction!  And why not?  

    If you want to write more letters, please feel free to use the resources at my website, which contain over 1400 LTEs on different aspects of climate change; searching under various tags will get you lots of good letters which you can use freely.  For example, here are all the letters tagged "denialists."

    Good luck!

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 01:51:53 PM PDT

    •  Fantastic. (3+ / 0-)

      Thanks for the tips and for the revision of my letter.  I love it.  

      "The war was expensive to the South as well as to the North, both in blood and treasure, but it was worth all it cost."- General U.S. Grant, Chattanooga campaign

      by Sandy on Signal on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 02:01:13 PM PDT

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      WarrenS

      Thank you for directing me to your great website.  In the future, would you mind reading my LTE's before I send them to rightwing sites?   Your revision of my letter and tips are appreciated.    I usually try to write simple statements with respect to science, so that readers can understand without confusing them.   Never expected the Editors to have a free for all with my opinion.  

      "The war was expensive to the South as well as to the North, both in blood and treasure, but it was worth all it cost."- General U.S. Grant, Chattanooga campaign

      by Sandy on Signal on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 02:42:48 PM PDT

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