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Gordon R. Maier, Fargo , Published August 30 2013

Letter: Breath of fresh air in letter

As a retired professional engineer, I found Bruce Seelig’s letter (Forum, Aug. 16) a breath of fresh air in the ongoing one-sided discussion of climate change.

He makes clear for us the “scientific method,” supposedly ascribed to by all scientists, as opposed to consensus, whether public, political or within the scientific community. He reminds us that climate change has been occurring since the beginning of time and will continue, no matter what we may try to do to prevent it. Future natural changes can be expected to overwhelm the minute changes we might accomplish. His solution is to prepare for the inevitable, rather than attempting to control Mother Nature.

As professional engineers, we pledge to apply scientific knowledge of the materials and forces of nature for the health, safety and welfare of the public. The cost of reducing emissions is already huge. To do so significantly all around the world would be much greater to the detriment of the world economy and in the end to no avail.

As Seelig suggests, we scientists, engineers and politicians should be applying our resources and efforts to practical preparation, which we know we can do successfully.