Letter: Look behind the lawsuit


Regarding the lawsuit filed by the Energy & Environment Legal Institute seeking e-mails from UA professors, I don’t know enough to comment. The group Energy & Environment Legal Institute is sponsored by the coal industry and it and its front companies have campaigned against solar and wind energy projects. They are involved in numerous lawsuits challenging mandatory renewable energy production by utilities. The group sponsors science that promotes their position that coal does not cause climate change or health problems.

They describe climate change as junk science and that the scientists involved are part of a conspiracy to increase regulation. I have never found a conspiracy that involves 97 percent of scientists, rather some would call that consensus. The position of the International Panel on Climate Change is: “The scientific consensus is that the Earth’s climate system is unequivocally warming, and that it is extremely likely (meaning 95 percent probability or higher) that this warming is predominantly caused by humans.

Sometime the average person is not in a position to check the work of scientists it has to be accepted because you trust the scientists. In the case of climate change we all feel the results. The ten hottest years on record have all occurred since 1998. 2015, 2016 and probably 2017 are the hottest years since records were kept. Organizations such as the Energy & Environment Legal Institute are the ones that are espousing junk science on behalf of their paying clients.

Victor Holm