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Science is true whether you believe in it or not

To the editor:

Honeywell; Whirlpool; The Department of Defense; the Central Intelligence Agency; Apple; The Hartford; Hasbro, Inc.; ABB; Alcan; BP; British Airways; BT: Cinergy; Cisco Systems; Deloitte; Deutsche Bank; Ford; HP; Petrobras; RAO UESR; Rio Tinto; Siemens; Swiss Re; Toyota; Volkswagen; EdF; Shell; Lloyd’s of London; Chevron; Coca-Cola; the World Bank; Nike; Thomas F. Steyer (hedge fund); Arthur B. Laffer (senior economic advisor to President Reagan); Citi; Pfizer; Murphy Oil Corporation; ConocoPhillips; Ceres; Staples; Whole Foods Market; Hess; Adobe; Dupont; IBM; Walmart; Walt Disney; Microsoft; Pacific Gas and Electric; Starbucks; Edison International; Dell; Sprint; Boeing; Caesars Entertainment; Ecolab; Johnson Controls; Kohl’s Department Stores; Mack Trucks; Novelis; Fruit of the Loom; Abbott; CSX Transportation; Limited Brands; Office Depot; Raytheon Company; Tiffany and Co.; Turner Construction; Bank of America; Lockheed Martin; Wells Fargo; Campbell Soup; Cummins Inc.; UPS; Fairchild Semiconductor; Genzyme; Intel Corporation; International Paper; SC Johnson; Gap Inc.; Ford Motor Company; Ingersoll Rand, and the entire property and casualty insurance and re-insurance industry.

This is not a complete list, but it is a representative sampling of organizations, corporations and individuals who recognize the existence of global climate change, that human activities have contributed to it, and are basing their future economic forecasts accordingly. The list hardly represents a cabal of hardcore tree-huggers (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) as climate change deniers would have us believe.

These entities have adopted climate conscious policies in the interests of their long-term bottom line, of course. At a recent shareholder meeting, Apple CEO Tom Cook admonished climate change deniers by saying “ ... you should get out of this stock.” His reason was simple. As stated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”