My friend Launce Rake, a writer for Las Vegas CityLife forwarded this letter sent to him by a friend. The letter sent out by Nevada Representative Mark Amodei was in response to a letter Amodei received from a constituent on the topic of climate change.
Amodei represents District 2 which encompasses the Northern half of the state. With the exception of Reno, the district is very rural with ranching and mining being the principle industries.
I'll let the letter speak for itself.
A friend just received the following letter from Congressperson Mark Amodei (R-NV, 2nd District). It's a monumental achievement of jaw dropping proportions that Amodei was able to display so much scientific ignorance, as well as poor English composition, in so few paragraphs. What do you think?That Amodei is a Republican is pretty obvious. The level of stupidity in this letter is eye watering. My favorite line though is however, others argue that these temperature increases would incur regardless due to the warming of the center of the earth. That's the first time I ever heard that argument.
Dear Mr. [...]:
Thank you for contacting me to express your thoughts on climate change. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
The issue of climate change is very controversial and many scientists disagree as to its causes and how to handle it. I recognize that some scientists believe that global warming is caused by failed environmental practices; however, others argue that these temperature increases would incur regardless due to the warming of the center of the earth. I do not believe it is appropriate for the federal government to advocate one position over the other. Since, we do not know much about long-term climate change, I do agree we must have an unbiased research effort funded by both the government and the private sector to answer the essential questions about climate change. Since 1990, the U.S. has spent at least $50 billion on climate research.
With sound science and a clear understanding of the natural climate cycles that the earth undergoes, we will be able to develop effective solutions to the human causes of global warming. As legislation to address this issue comes to the House floor for a vote, be assured I will consider it carefully and keep your thoughts in mind.
I appreciate the fact that you have taken the time to apprise me of your opinions and hope that you will contact me again should you have any further comments or concerns. If you would like additional information on my activities in the House, please visit my website,www.Amodei.house.gov or connect with me on facebook.com/MarkAmodeiNV2 and twitter.com/MarkAmodeiNV2.
In closing, please know that I consider it a privilege to serve and represent you and your family in Congress.
Mark E. Amodei
Member of Congress