Stewart and climate
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I guess if you disagree with The Tribune editorial board's belief in man-caused climate change, as House Environment Subcommittee Chairman Chris Stewart does, they will demean your character ("Not Stewart: Utah congressman denies reality," Our View, March 23).

The board claims Stewart is a denier of facts and scientific research, which makes him a denier of reality. They imply he shows no concern for climate change's human cost and he would callously eliminate any mention of it.

There is a big difference between questioning research and its conclusions and denying them. Stewart's position is a proper and informed one.

He says the issue is not whether the climate has warmed but whether it is man-caused or natural or something in-between. Let's examine all of the science.

If the primary driver of climate change is not man-caused, as Stewart and many scientists suspect (including me), the overzealous edicts of this administration (which the editorial board supports) would waste trillions with little benefit.

Stewart is attacked by the editorial board because as chairman of this committee he would properly act as a check on these kinds of edicts. The editorial board would rather the public not know the reality of those facts.

Bill Spiva

West Jordan