I, too, look for candidates who see the bigger picture where the environment is concerned. However, I prefer calm, rational discussions over the topic; as opposed to hysteria, hyperbole, and a dogmatic view of global warming.

This year, every high school debate student in America will be looking at precisely this issue. After preliminary research, high school students and coaches across the country are realizing that for every study, scientist, or piece of “evidence” indicating global warming (or climate change, or as Al Gore puts it “climate crisis”) is humankind’s fault and it is an immediate threat to human civilization, there is just as much on the other side.

A previous letter to the editor focused on the sea-level issue and testimony from James Hansen (a NASA scientist and Al Gore’s climate guru). Contradictory information reveals the Arctic Ocean was much warmer than it is now for several millennia after the end of the last ice age. We know this because there are trees buried in the tundra along what is now the arctic shore. According to Professor Glen MacDonald of UCLA, the trees show July temperatures could have been 5 to 13°F warmer from 9,000 to about 3,000 years ago than they were in the mid-20th century. The arctic ice cap had to have disappeared in most summers, yet the polar bear and humans survived.

James Hansen’s testimony that by year 2100 sea-levels could rise six feet due to Greenland shedding some of its ice is rebuffed by the United Nation’s International Panel on Climate Change. The UN’s IPCC, which is comprised of hundreds of scientists (all of them humankind-induced climate change dogmatists), released a report last year hypothesizing sea-levels may rise about two inches this century from climate change. Furthermore, few people are exposed to evidence that planetary and surface temperatures as measured by both thermometers and satellites have not experienced a net change in the last 10 years.

We have a unique opportunity in this country to be on the forefront of developing new and cleaner ways to produce electricity as well as improving our transportation industry. I urge everyone to become more educated on the topic as it affects your electric and gasoline bills. And, if you need help, you need look no further than your own award-winning debate team right here at Newton High School.

— Rodney Wren Sr., director of debate and forensics,

Wichita Collegiate Upper School,

Newton