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Letter: What drives climate-change deniers?

I enjoyed reading Mr. Kellogg’s article refuting climate change. Knowing his political disposition, I circled each of his claims and researched each one. It was soon obvious that each of his claims has been debunked for years, and that these “facts” are passed back and forth across climate change deniers’ websites and Fox News. Why are the few deniers so vocal? Do they have any facts or science on their side? And ultimately, what drives them?

After a 20-year battle, any person on this Earth can simply look out the window or turn on the television and see the disastrous results of climate change. Yes, wildfires, droughts, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes are linked to global warming. Entire populations of people are no longer blinded by politics.

However, the big question remained: Why would a few people deny what is so apparently obvious? It boils down to their two conspiracy theories. The most prevalent theory is the introduction of a One World Government (OWG), concluding that 97 percent of scientists in more than 100 countries are lockstep in promoting this agenda. The other theory is that 97 percent of U.S. scientists are abusing grant money and somehow control global scientific consensus, even over China. Neither is remotely possible.

Possibly the most informative research I discovered, was to discover that Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park, was also a climate-change denier, similar to Mr. Kellogg, who is an aspiring author. Crichton wrote a book in 1994 (“State of Fear”) that has become creed to anti-environmentalists and climate-change deniers. The plot features “eco-terrorists” who attempt mass murder in the name of environmentalism. The book was shunned by the scientific community as Mr. Crichton misrepresented studies to achieve his goal of misinformation on climate change.

Mr. Kellogg is now writing books similar to “State of Fear,” possibly nearing the point of plagiarism. He writes about eco-terrorists in Aspen committing crimes in which “the fate of the nation hangs.” Mr. Kellogg is not an inspirational conservative voice, he’s just pushing his book.

Ben Henderson

Glenwood Springs

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