"An ACS member recently wrote me to complain about the lead News of the Week story on CO2 and climate change in C&EN's April 7 issue (page 9). In his letter, the member wrote that regulating CO2 "would change the national economy and decrease our standard of living" and, as such, "it is critical to know whether or not increased CO2 emissions would be a significant danger to the public."
I chose not to publish the letter for reasons that will become clear in the remainder of this editorial. My correspondent does not think that increasing concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere contribute to climate change. To support that position, he cited a paper by Arthur B. Robinson and coworkers at the Oregon Institute of Science & Medicine (OISM) published in the Journal of American Physicians & Surgeons (2007, 12, 79).
Huh? The Journal of American Physicians & Surgeons (JAPS)? What has a journal with that name got to do with climate change? With all due apologies to my correspondent, the answer is: nothing."
Read the rest of Rudy's editorial.
From the June 9 editorial: