Alan Keller, Naples
Not everyone ...
Despite an assertion by letter writer E.L. Bud Ruff, not all conservatives disbelieve climate science.
Fortunately many of them join all national academies of science and as many as 97 percent of scientists worldwide who actually are involved in climate research in acknowledging the virtual certainty, based on rapidly accumulating evidence, that human-generated fossil fuel emissions are pushing us rapidly toward global temperatures never before experienced during the human era — a mere one degree centigrade higher than those today.
Lamentably, another bloc of conservatives, especially prevalent among Republicans in Congress, avoids even glancing at the science and thus falls victim to myths peddled by politically driven commentators and a handful of "scientists" hired by fossil fuel interests such as the easily disproved notions that warming ceased after 1998, that recent climate change is merely an extension of past natural cycles and that volcanoes (a force for cooler rather than warmer temperatures) emit more greenhouse gases than human activities.
So with almost all active climate scientists telling us that our activities are leading to significant sea level rise, ocean acidification, salt intrusion in drinking water, increased drought and flood cycles, and possible food insecurity, and with economists demonstrating that combating warming would be far less expensive than dealing with the consequences of non-action, wouldn't the true economically driven conservative response be to take action?
For many conservatives the answer is yes, but unfortunately too many others, including many congressional Republicans, prefer to evade that obvious conclusion by pretending that the problem does not exist.