Official data shows proof that glaciers are receding

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In my letter (Daily Bee, July 11, 2019), I provided evidence showing that Roger Roots, who falsely claims glaciers in Glacier Park are growing, is an unreliable source of information on the subject. In his letter (Daily Bee, July 18, 2019), Monte Heil accuses me of an ad hominem attack on Mr. Roots.

OK, forget that Mr. Roots is an ex-con, Nazi sympathizer (former?), and founder of a libertarian blog that he laughably calls a “university.” As stated in my previous letter, what primarily calls his reliability into question is the fact that, as a lawyer/sociologist by training, he has no relevant expertise in evaluating the long-term fate of glaciers anywhere. His claims are based solely on some amateurish photographic comparisons, not on scientifically validated observations by qualified glaciologists.

Mr. Roots’ character does not necessarily preclude him from providing accurate information. However, his claims about glaciers that contradict well-documented satellite and photographic imagery show that he has not done so in this case.

Mr. Heil asserts that I did “not address Mr. Root’s arguments at all.” In fact, I provided a citation (“USGS Retreat of Glaciers in Glacier National Park”) that proved Mr. Root’s claims to be fallacious. I can only provide supporting citations. I cannot compel anyone to acknowledge or read them.

Mr. Heil correctly states “the real question is about whether glaciers are growing or receding.” (See: “Melting Glaciers – Glacier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)”) If Mr. Heil bothers to read this citation, he will have the answer to his question.

JACK DeBAUN

Sandpoint

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