EDITOR: What do the following have in common: an airliner traveling at 30,000 feet, heart bypass surgery, putting a man on the moon and returning him safely, smartphones, prosthetic limbs, in-vitro fertilization, the super-collider and communication satellites? If you said they all depend on science and its applications, you get a gold star.
Our civilization has come to be totally dependent upon the principles of science and its technological spinoffs. Every time we drive our cars or watch TV or use GPS devices or microwave ovens, we depend upon and have faith in science. These facts hold true whether or not you deny them.
Why is it then that climate change deniers entrust their lives, families and fortunes to science in all these cases, yet refuse to accept the scientific conclusion that climate change is real? As Christopher Flavelle said, "The human capacity to believe whatever suits you is close to endless" ("Changing minds about climate change," March 20).
Ninety-eight percent of climatologists agree that our climate is changing, and the majority of those agree that human influence is speeding up the process. The efforts we make to combat climate change today won't pay off for 20-30 years. Shouldn't we get started?
GENE A. HOTTEL