Since the 1800s, it's rare to see someone as anti-science as Dennis Tope appeared to be in his letter ("Scientists have no monopoly on long-range predictions," Jan. 16). Let's look at some of his claims:
Scientists predicted catastrophic consequences of an atmospheric ozone layer, but they "never happened." The predictions were for the next century, if fossil fuel consumption were to continue at present rates, NOT for this winter. What's the hurry?
Scientists predicted that global warming would cause ocean levels "to rise 10 feet ... but that never happened either." Actually the predictions were a few feet by the year 2100. Patience, Dennis.
"Wind and solar don't produce enough energy to meet everybody's needs." Not yet. But growth from 24 percent worldwide in 2017 to an expected 30 percent by 2030 tells us what's ahead. Only big coal and big oil reps and their bribable politicians dispute what science and our own eyes tell us is happening.
"I'm no scientist," Tope proudly assures us, and we won't argue that. He evidently resents, as he denies the climate change we see so alarmingly at the earth's melting poles, being called a "climate denier." OK, maybe a science denier is more apt. He admits denying that humans even have the smarts to do anything about the degradation by coal and oil of the air we breathe and the water we drink.
When Dennis and I ride our bikes, as we sometimes do, across the desert and see the vast new solar farms, I'll feel glad something's being done at last, and he'll — what? — curse the inroads clean energy's making into the turf of his (and Trump's) precious coal and oil? I think I see a political difference here.
Norm Haughness, Tehachapi