A flock of Geese fly past the smokestacks at the...

A flock of Geese fly past the smokestacks at the Jeffrey Energy Center coal power plant as the suns sets near Emmett, Kan in 2012. Credit: AP

Columnist Cathy Young is guilty of exactly the same fault for which she blames Al Gore, namely following a quasi-religion ["Fiery rhetoric inflames climate debate," Opinion, Oct. 1]. Her fault -- and this is true of all libertarians -- is thinking that only the free market can save us from all our problems, even those of a scientific nature.

That is why I take my cues on climate from neither her nor Gore.

Instead I listen to the National Academy of Sciences, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society and the American Physical Society. They all say the same thing: Global warming is real, it is getting worse, man is the primary culprit, and the time to do something about it is getting late. Their statements are not based on politics, they are based on science.

Jim Finlay, Sayville

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