Stormy weather

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Some are hot un­der the col­lar about global warm­ing. In an open let­ter to “the pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates” on May 19,’s se­nior me­te­o­rol­o­gist Joe Bas­tardi told White House hope­fuls:

“Mr. Obama, can Al Gore as an ad­vi­sor on the en­vi­ron­ment. Mr. McCain, quit suc­cumb­ing to pres­sure be­cause you want to look nice or mod­er­ate. Both of you, get the peo­ple that can give this de­bate its true merit in front of you. Hil­lary, if you are elected, the same thing.”

“Within the first 100 days of of­fice, get the top five sci­en­tists on both sides of the is­sue in front of you in the Oval Of­fice and let them ar­gue it out. No cam­eras, no press, just you, your clos­est ad­vi­sors, and the peo­ple that are qual­i­fied to do this. Have trusted mem­bers of both sides of the aisles, but get the pol­i­tics out of it.”

He con­tin­ued, “It is not a mat­ter of feel­ings. It is a mat­ter of science and facts and ed­u­cated men squar­ing off and dis­play­ing their knowl­edge. A non-con­clu­sive an­swer in this mat­ter is no an­swer at all, and no man­date to per­haps send us on path that could af­fect the chance for the very peo­ple we should have the most com­pas­sion for, to im­prove their lot.”

His let­ter was pub­lished at Accuweather’s Web site.

Con­tact Jen­nifer Harper at jharper@wash­ing­ton­ or 202/636-3085.

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