A couple of weeks ago, I sent the Chattanooga Times Free Press a letter regarding climate change. It is right at 200 words, which is all they allow. They edited and redacted out the facts and dumbed it down to just the last sentence. Here is my letter and below is what they printed today.
"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." - Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The last 35 years, were the hottest in 400 years. The arctic is rapidly losing its ice shelf. The ice shelf serves as a reflector to the sun's ultra-violet rays. Without the ice reflecting the sun's warmth, our planet will absorb the sun's heat and temperatures will continue to rise.
Our ice shelves are melting due to what is known as the "greenhouse effect." The "Greenhouse Effect" is a warming that occurs from increases in certain gasses, such as carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere. This was first discovered by Joseph Fourier about 200 years ago, it was proven and verified over 100 years ago, by Svante Arrhenius. Arrhenius performed calculations to prove how much incoming radiation was absorbed by CO2 and water vapor to heat the atmosphere.
Whether or not some people believe it, we need to decrease CO2 emissions to save our planet. The most significant man-caused source of CO2 gases is coal-fired electrical generation. Let’s move to other energy sources, such as: nuclear, solar and wind to address our needs. The time to act is now.
TNDP, State Executive Committeewoman District 11
Let’s save the planetI am furious about this, so much so that I can barely type this post. My letter was based on facts and science. How dare they dumb it down like they did. We will be canceling our subscription a.s.a.p.
Whether or not some people believe it, we need to decrease CO2 emissions to save our planet. The most significant man-caused source of CO2 gases is coal-fired electrical generation. Let’s move to other energy sources such as nuclear, solar and wind to address our needs. The time to act is now.
SANDY LUSK, Signal Mountain
Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 6:03 PM PT: Our other online news source ran my letter to the editor. I am so happy with this title and they left the contents intact: