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Steven Koonin Is a Must-Read on Climate Change – The Wall Street Journal

The two professors, Mark Boslough and Michael Mann, who respond (Letters, Aug. 18) to Steven Koonin’s op-ed (“Climate Change Brings a Flood of Hyperbole,” Aug. 11), obviously have not read Mr. Koonin’s book. The professors find fault with Mr. Koonin’s conclusion that better models are required before we waste trillions of dollars trying to avoid the end of the earth as we know it. They argue that the gun of climate change is “pointed at our head” and time is running out.

Please, read Mr. Koonin’s book “Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters.” It opens with some facts you aren’t likely to hear elsewhere: “The warmest temperatures in the US have not risen in the past fifty years.” “Heat waves in the US are now no more common than they were in 1900.” “Humans have had no detectable impact on hurricanes over the past century.” “Greenland’s ice sheet isn’t shrinking any more rapidly today than it was eighty years ago.” “The net economic impact of human induced climate change will be minimal through at least the end of this century.”

Mr. Koonin asks why you have not heard these facts before. All we are told is that we face certain doom.

Steve Kass

North Scituate, R.I.

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