I am responding to Chuck Marshall's letter, ("Focus on global warming diversionary tactic," Record-Courier, July 14) in which he spreads the false 17-year line on global warming. He is, sadly for us all, mistaken. He uses a diversion of his own, along with "simple math" to explain a complex world.
The El Niño heat pattern that appeared from 1997 to 1998 was one of the strongest of the 20th Century. That is where the "17 years" statement comes in. He uses the common climate denier line that because the 2010 El Niño was not quite as hot, that is somehow his "proof" of lack of warming. But when it comes to weather, not quite as hot does not mean much. Hotter is hotter.
"Global warming is continuing, it just gets manifested in different ways," notes Dr. Kevin Trenberth, a scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Note, too, the letter does not deny that a "northern passage" across the North Pole will soon be reality, or that huge ice sheets are melting and sliding off in Antarctica.
The weather, though it has moments like the "Polar Vortex" that happened for a few days last winter, has gotten ever hotter since the 1970s. Facts show that by whatever name you want -- global warming, climate change, climate disruption, or a simply "uh oh' -- it is happening. And we have little time to fight over the name, or the daily weather.
Like many other conservative falsehoods, the desire to cherry-pick, hide or deny the truth is why many just can't believe conservative lines any longer.
Thomas Collins, Garrettsville