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Enough Already 

Published April 10, 2008 at 3:01 p.m.

We get a fair amount of letters here at Seven Days world headquarters. Most of them are pretty thoughtful responses to our stories and reviews and, for better or worse, they largely reflect Vermont's distinctly liberal ethos, especially when it comes to the environment.

In other words, it's pretty rare when we hear from someone like Angela L. Emerson of Essex Junction, who is living proof — she can correct me, if I'm wrong, but I don't think I am — that there is at least one global-warming denier living in the Green Mountain State.

"I have just been notified," Ms. Emerson states, breathlessly, in an April 4 email to Seven Days, "that the Essex High School Science Department has been showing the highly controversial movie 'The Inconvenient Truth.'"

After informing us that the movie was "made by a politician who has no scientificbackground what so ever" (sic), and whose motivation is mere "money and power," she directs ourattention to "The Great Swindle," a British documentary that focuses onthe scientists and "commentators" who don't believe that human-producedCO2 is the primary cause of climate change.

"These are theminds of science that we should be listening to," she says, "not some politician."

I understand there are people who don't like Al Gore, and I understand that not every person worried about climate change found "The Inconvenient Truth" to be flawless or, for that matter, worthy of an Oscar. But I've never understood people, like Ms. Emerson, who scream "propaganda," then attempt to set the rest of us straight by doling out manipulative and easily discredited pap of their own.

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