Stossel's Viewer Mail

"I love "Give Me a Break." I always agree with you … Thanks for the humor and professionalism throughout the years!!!! KEEP ON GOING !!" -- Kathy K from Milwaukee, Wis.

"I recently finished reading your book. It's being handed out around our office and read by 25-45 old engineers for the most part. It's struck a nerve with a number of us and has become a hot topic of conversation around the water cooler. While everyone agrees on the first 13 chapters it typically is the last two chapters regarding libertarian views on prostitution and drugs that crosses with some of the guys' thinking. Even so I feel that your book is a must-read and I plan to purchase a copy of my own to hand out to others from time to time. Just wanted to chime in and say that I am one of the ones that comes down on your side. Thanks for your efforts to seek out the truth and most important to hold it up so that others can see." One of the silent majority, -- Randall Carver, P.E. Greensboro, N.C.

"I think your book (ORDER HERE) should be required reading for high-school students. Keep up the good work." -- Laura Fantarella, Orange, Conn.

Stossel's Response: Thanks for your kind words, but we libertarians tend to frown on "required … "

"It would be helpful if you'd give sources for the "1,600 scienists (who) signed a letter warning of the 'devastating consequences' of global warming" and the "17,000 scientists (who) signed a petition saying there's no convincing evidence that greenhouse gases will disrupt the Earth's climate." Especially when a reporter on your network said this morning that the majority of scientists agree that human activity is causing global warming. Please give US a break by not arming us with an empty weapon." -- Bill Fargo

Stossel's Response: The letter signed by 1,600 scientists was put together by Ozone Action, an organization which later merged with Greenpeace. That number had subsequently risen to include about 2,300 names. Citizens for a Sound Economy pointed out the list included virtually no scientists. You can read more at

The petition that says, "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate" was signed by 17,200 scientists. It is viewable if you click the "global warming petition" link on the Web site of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine:

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