Commentator's assertions are difficult to credit


Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 11:49 p.m.

In "Al Gore lets his guard down" (Jan. 25), John Graham waxes rhetorical about global warming and nuclear waste. However, my comments concern two of his introductory assertions.

The first: "I feel sorry for Al Gore. Were he just a tad less wooden he might be president." It is clear that if the vote count in Florida had been honest he would now be president, wooden or not.

Second: Graham refers to the prominent historian Barbara Tuchman as "the mother of all environmentalism." I spent my entire professional life (50 years) as an ecologist and in environmental concerns, as well as editing a biological science journal for 32 years and never encountered Barbara Tuchman as a major figure in environmentalism, let alone its mother.

Given such flights of fancy it is difficult to credit Graham's assertions about nuclear waste and global warming.

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