Oh, the irony! In his letter of Jan. 28 (“Climate-warming statistics often intentionally deceive”), David Dilley strongly suggests, twice, that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA are lying with statistics.

But he himself exaggerates by nearly a factor of three with the very first statistic he puts forward: the percentage of Earth’s surface lying within 30 degrees of latitude from the North and South poles.

Is he trying to slip one past us? Or does he believe that Earth is shaped like a soup can, with “latitude” circles the same diameter at top, middle and bottom (which would be consistent with the percentage he uses)?

Either way, this opening blunder casts a welcome cloud of suspicion on his (incorrect) claim that both polar regions are cooling.

Eric W. Danielson

Wiscasset