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Here is the latest twist on global warming. (Yes, gasp, I said “global warming,” not the less scary, slightly mealy-mouthed “climate change.”)
First, here’s the latest info:
New evidence creates new challenges for climate deniers
By Steve Benen, MSNBC, 01/21/16
As the climate crisis intensifies, the latest evidence is some of the scariest to date.
Last year was the warmest on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday, breaking the previous record for warmth set in 2014.
With Earth’s average land temperature 2.39 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average, it was also “the largest margin by which the annual global temperature record has been broken,” NOAA said in a news release. Ten months had record-high temperatures for their respective months during the year.
Keep in mind, for climate deniers, including nearly every Republican presidential candidate and member of Congress, the argument has been that “global warming stopped in 1998,” and temperatures have been “paused” ever since.
The New York Times noted this morning, “Statistical analysis suggested all along that the claims were false, and that the slowdown was, at most, a minor blip in an inexorable trend.”
It’s against this backdrop that the Republican Party’s massive field of presidential candidates is filled with far-right voices who simply pretend climate change isn’t real.
Despite the machinations of “Senator Snowball” (Senator Jim Inhofe, Republican from Oklahoma, who brought a snowball into Congress to prove global warming is a hoax. Inhofe is chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, with jurisdiction over the allegedly non-existent climate problem), some right-wingers have begun to cave under the enormous weight of scientific evidence.
Now, the twist: I give you the comments of a dear friend, a right-winger to the core, who just yesterday told me that “Yes, the world really is getting warmer, but there is no proof that it is the result of human-generated CO2.” No, it is the result of some natural process, because there were times in the past when the world was even warmer.
“So, there is no need to do anything.”
Is my dear friend stupid? No, he is a well-educated, very successful businessman, who has been hypnotized by the right wing into believing that conservatives are for the rich and liberals are for the poor — and since he comes much closer to being rich than to being poor, he should believe conservatives.
Never mind that the entire planet is being affected negatively, and that this will hurt his children and his children’s children. What’s good for business today is what concerns him (as well as the rest of the Republican party).
Perhaps, in the political debates, much more should be made of the global warming crisis, for it may be the single, greatest threat to the future existence of the human species, and if that doesn’t get my dear friend’s attention, well then, perhaps he is stupid.
Denying science, while following the party of such scientific luminaries as Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorino and Ben Carson doesn’t prove someone is stupid, but it’s pretty good evidence.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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