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Global warming skeptics send letter to Congress urging members not give into climate ‘alarmists’

In response to a letter sent to members of Congress at the end of January, encouraging them to ignore global warming skeptics and “take a fresh look at climate change,” global warming skeptics sent their own letter to members Tuesday telling them not to be intimidated by claims of a “scientific consensus.”

The letter, signed or endorsed by more than 50 scientists, tells members that the signees completely disagree with the assertions made by their alarmist peers.

“The eighteen climate alarmists (as we refer to them, not derogatorily, but simply because they view themselves as ‘sounding the alarm’ about so many things climatic) state that the people of the world ‘need to prepare for massive flooding from the extreme storms of the sort being experienced with increasing frequency,’ as well as the ‘direct health impacts from heat waves’ and ‘climate-sensitive infectious diseases,’ among a number of other devastating phenomena,” the letter reads. “It is the eighteen climate alarmists who appear to be unaware of ‘what is happening to our planet’s climate,’ as well as the vast amount of research that has produced that knowledge.”

The letter points to two reports — “Carbon Dioxide and Earth’s Future: Pursuing the Prudent Path” and the 2009 report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), “Climate Change Reconsidered” — as an argument for why global warming is not the apocalyptic catastrophe alarmists would have everyone believe.

“In light of the profusion of actual observations of the workings of the real world showing little or no negative effects of the modest warming of the second half of the twentieth century, and indeed growing evidence of positive effects, we find it incomprehensible that the eighteen climate alarmists could suggest something so far removed from the truth as their claim that no research results have produced any evidence that challenges their view of what is happening to Earth’s climate and weather,” the skeptics write, urging members to indeed look at the evidence and come to the correct conclusion.