Teaching Climate Skeptics

To the Editor:

Re “Obstacle for Climate Science: Skeptical, Stubborn Students” (front page, June 5):

What to do about teenage climate skeptics in science class? Teach them science, that’s what. Challenge them to back up their emotional rhetoric with facts. Assign a class project to review scientific literature. Make them present their conclusions to the rest of the students. Tell them they will have to be prepared to answer questions from the other students.

If nothing else, they will have to learn enough science to understand what they are reading. If they are lucky they may discover the difference between science and junk science. The answer to science deniers is to make them answer for their denials with science.

RICHARD W. POETON
BENNINGTON, VT.

The writer is a retired scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency.

A version of this letter appears in print on June 13, 2017, on Page A26 of the New York edition with the headline: Teaching Climate Skeptics. Today’s Paper|Subscribe

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