Letter: Rob Martin, Leesburg

Editor: Why does Loudoun Now continue to publish letters from Rose Ellen Ray pushing blindly ignorant climate denial propaganda in the face of Loudoun citizens who know better? Climate isn’t a political issue, yet Ms. Ray shows a blatant disregard for truth or decency in tearing down the excellent work of Natalie Pien and the Piedmont Environmental Council and other science-based groups who are working hard to ensure our children and grandchildren have someplace to live in 50 years. 

Ms. Ray promoted another debunked and disgraced climate change denier back in December 2018. That person was a telecom executive turned you-tuber paid by the fossil fuel industry to say that climate change was not real. The current guy is a television personality who works with Accuweather, you know the company whose former president is now in charge of NOAA at the Department of Commerce where he’s attempting to prohibit the American public from getting the NOAA weather data our tax money pays for so that everyone has to buy it commercially through Accuweather. This guy is on the Accuweather pay channel, has no advanced degrees, yet wrote a book entirely at odds with the scientific consensus on climate change, yet we’re supposed to believe him because he’s been a weather man. 

Well, predicting the weather and understanding the science and physics of the climate are not the same thing. The fact is that evidence of climate change is all around and only someone with a narrow political interest in the short-term profitability of the fossil fuel industry would spout this nonsense. Ms. Ray seems to find these people, though I suppose it takes her about 9 months to find one of them given her track record of letter writing on the topic. 

I wish that Ms. Ray would give up her crusade against climate change and use her considerable talents at letter writing for good. There are lots of people out there who have to be convinced to pay for our government taxpayer funded weather data and I’m sure she could help change their minds. 

Rob Martin, Leesburg

8 thoughts on “Letter: Rob Martin, Leesburg

  • 2019-09-27 at 1:42 pm

    50 years now? I thought it was only 10 years before the end of the world doomsday cult predictions panned out… Then again, I’ve been hearing these same frantic erroneous kooky claims for the last 40 years.

    Perhaps Mr. Marin should read the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

  • 2019-09-27 at 5:37 pm

    First Amendment? What does that have to do with the paper printing anything? They routinely decided not to print letters and comments – this is their space, not the governments – why do you and other republicans continue to try to increase regulations on private businesses and individual freedoms?

  • 2019-09-27 at 6:07 pm

    You are embarrassing yourself Mr. Martin.

    Why are so many readers of LN incapable of basic English comprehension?

    Mrs Rose did not deny climate change is real in her letter. She pointed out, accurately, that doomsayers like Natalie Pien have been and are still flat out wrong in their prediction that if we don’t act within x number of years, we are doomed. No respectable scientist made that claim.

    There is a decent Op-ed in Scientific American on this topic:

  • 2019-09-28 at 3:20 pm

    Martin is trying to impose his beliefs on this newspaper YN, not me. He’s the one stating the paper should not publish any views in contrast with his own. Thus, he needs yo familiarize himself with the First Amendment.

    I’m not a republican YN. Never have been and never will be. All political parties stifle free thought, free expression, and reason.

    However, it is democrats who have really hit the gas on abolishing Due Process and Free Speech. It is democrats who wish to jail people for thinking differently. It is democrats who push for individuals to lose the jobs over free expression. It is democrats who push the ‘cancel culture’ in an attempt to crush artistic creativity and expression. Democrats are the uptight puritans, obsessed with oppressing other people having fun of which they don’t approve of. It is people like Martin who attempt to intimidate this newspaper (not going to happen) from printing views other than his own.

  • 2019-09-30 at 7:00 am

    Wow, Chris!!! Democracts “wish to jail people for thinking” is an interesting position. Please give us an example of two.

  • 2019-09-30 at 8:39 am

    My sentence actuality reads “It is democrats who wish to jail people for thinking differently.” We could have no better example than yourself YN. You called me a (eghad!) “denier,” then a K Street lobbyist, and who knows what else for the grievous sin of questioning the usual group think of climate change/Global Warming/Global Cooling/insert latest control freak slogan currently in vogue.

    Bernie Sanders, when he’s not subject to democrat party election rigging, or flying on a private jet between his three houses, states clearly that he wants to prosecute and imprison energy company executives.

    See what your old friend Mr. Google comes up with when you ask jail climate change deniers.

  • 2019-09-30 at 5:19 pm

    So, Chris, you have no examples of anyone, democrats or otherwise, wanting to jail anyone for how they think.

    • 2019-10-03 at 11:24 am

      Bill Nye said so. And Judith Curry said so too. Also Mark Hertsgaard. Some people a several universities even asked Obama to use the RICO act against so-called “climate deniers.” It has happened. You should have been open-minded enough to google that yourself. It took me 5 minutes to find 3 examples.

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