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Green groups must focus on sound science It was refreshing to see the article (Gazette March 17) by Eve Byron that called attention to the evolution of environmental groups into foundation-based organizations. My family has watched with dismay as organizations that began as sound, science-based organizations working for the betterment of the environmental situation slowly are driven into political agenda groups.

The environmental movement survives strictly on the altruistic motives of the greater part of the public. Consequently, it can only survive as long as the organizations involved in promoting the issues remain as true as possible to the best-known science of the day.

As environmental organizations move from a basis in sound science toward more emotional; and in some instances fraudulent positions, they compromise this essential trust. One day this movement will go too far and cause a polarization of the public against environmental organizations, and hence, against the environmental movement in general. I hope the core of the organizations in this movement can get back to a rational approach to environmental issues and cease propagating environmental statism.

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