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Letter: Majority means nothing when it comes to science

Majority means nothing when it comes to science

When it comes to science, majority means nothing. Hundreds of years ago, 100 percent of the scientists believed the Earth was flat. That did not make it so.

No one knows for sure how old our planet is. Some guess millions, some 4.5 billion years. We have been collecting data for only a few hundred years, and when we look at carbon dating, the data is flawed, because one volcano, such as Mount St. Helens, can create the appearance of 10,000-plus years of aging in one day.

Our Earth has gone through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drifts, solar flares, comets, worldwide floods, cosmic rays and recurring ice ages over millions of years, which all can emulate millions of years of age in a short period of time. We cannot properly date the planet, or offer any hypothesis worthy of discussion.

About 90 percent of all the species that ever lived on Earth are now extinct, so using extinction is a flawed method. We lose at least 20 species on the planet every day, so extinction is a natural occurrence.

For any scientific experiment to have any validity, you must have a strong representative sample. Comparing a few hundred years with possibly billions is not a representative sample.

One truth: Global warming as an industry has been a money and power grab for governments and businesses. It has been used as a device to tax and control people. Consensus does not make settled science.

Martin J. Dziwulski

Williamsville

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