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Climate Change? What Climate Change?

Climate Change?  What Climate Change?

It’s becoming harder and harder to ignore climate change, even though spin doctors like Fox News and the Koch Brothers, to name a few, would like you to think otherwise.  After all, acknowledging climate change means we actually have to deal with large — and often expensive — mitigation and adaptation measures and most companies and governments simply don’t want to go there.

It’s not just the conservative media that’s frequently omitting the phrase “climate change” from their vocabulary, however. President Obama recently signed an Earth Day proclamation, ironically leaving out any mention of climate change, and think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Heartland Institute systematically deny climate change science, pushing an agenda that’s often anti-environment.

So why the blatant mass-produced denial, particularly when many other countries are moving forward, realizing the grave impacts of a warming planet?  Instead of investing in effective mass public transportation systems, increased fuel efficiency and a significant renewable energy portfolio, the United States remains fixated on fossil fuels (as seen with the recent fracking boom and continued push for offshore drilling) even though those resources are damaging and finite.

While certain states and cities are progressively moving ahead of federal environmental policy, it’s a tediously slow process that has as much to do with altering our everyday consumer awareness and behavior as it does with altering our political system. By acknowledging climate change, our current political and corporate mentality would need to shift dramatically and many stakeholders, particularly those who lobby for fossil fuel, don’t want any change to their bottom line.

Nonetheless, a record-breaking number of tornadoes in the middle portion of the United States, coupled with severe droughts in the South and one of the mildest winters in the Northeast is starting to make people feel more and more on edge about climate change, no matter what politicians or the media says. The evidence is clear and the problem is overwhelming, to say the least, but that is no excuse for inaction or inertia.  Does climate change exist?  You bet it does, and what we do next is what matters the most.

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7:33PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

"Over the past 70 years, the team found that about one-third of the measuring stations in its global sample indicated cooling trends. Two-thirds showed warming trends, with warm regions more than offsetting cool regions in developing a global average.

Money for the new study, dubbed the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, came from five foundations, including one established by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and another from the Charles Koch Charitable Foundation, widely seen as a source of money for conservative organizations and initiatives that have fought efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions." CS Monitor, 2011)

They gotta maximize profits (and they don't pay for the trillions in health and environmental
damage anyway...that is "externalized" ie WE pay for the damage) regardless of the truth.
The free market decides what is true (thanks to Steven Colbert), end of story.

7:27PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

No facts on either side? The Koch brothers spent millions to prove that NOAA and other official climate data was false but only proved it was totally accurate. Did they stop denying global warming? No, they just ignored the facts and continue to propagandize to keep from having to pay to stop polluting from their energy facilities.

This is criminal. Anyone who thinks both sides are distorting the facts has not read the results of the Koch study.

Headline from CSMonitor, Oct 2011:

"Climate study, funded in part by conservative group, confirms global warming


The latest global warming results confirm those from earlier, independent studies by scientists at NASA and elsewhere that came under fire from skeptics in an episode known as 'climategate.'

7:27PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

No facts on either side? The Koch brothers spent millions to prove that NOAA and other official climate data was false but only proved it was totally accurate. Did they stop denying global warming? No, they just ignored the facts and continue to propagandize to keep from having to pay to stop polluting from their energy facilities.

This is criminal. Anyone who thinks both sides are distorting the facts has not read the results of the Koch study.

Headline from CSMonitor, Oct 2011:

"Climate study, funded in part by conservative group, confirms global warming


The latest global warming results confirm those from earlier, independent studies by scientists at NASA and elsewhere that came under fire from skeptics in an episode known as 'climategate.'

7:26PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

No facts on either side? The Koch brothers spent millions to prove that NOAA and other official climate data was false but only proved it was totally accurate. Did they stop denying global warming? No, they just ignored the facts and continue to propagandize to keep from having to pay to stop polluting from their energy facilities.

This is criminal. Anyone who thinks both sides are distorting the facts has not read the results of the Koch study.

Headline from CSMonitor, Oct 2011:

"Climate study, funded in part by conservative group, confirms global warming


The latest global warming results confirm those from earlier, independent studies by scientists at NASA and elsewhere that came under fire from skeptics in an episode known as 'climategate.'

7:17PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Ah, the pear trees are finally blooming up here in the Redwoods; that damp is gone, and soon, my mountain home will be oceanfront property. Thank the God of the Market for global warming.

7:43AM PDT on May 16, 2012

I can't believe that neither side of the argument is debated with any kind of facts, it might make the debate easier to win if it was.

6:28AM PDT on May 9, 2012

I do worry this is not happening at "predicted " rates but in faster fits and starts...science cannot measure that .....combine that with the deniers and the self interested billionaire oil and coal industries and we are right up against it - they have millions to pay "tame" scientists to say all is well and natural - tsunamis ,earthquakes , droughts, floods , suck it up - all fine ....
EVERY politician needs to answer where they stand on fracking, oil,coal and whaling.
If you get no answer -you've got your answer on how they stand ...

8:19PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Let us put the Koch brothers on an artic ice floe. These miserable men are now interfering in Canadian Politics. Their lobbyists are in Alberta like vultures eating the dirty tarsands oil. We
do not want them.

9:43AM PDT on May 8, 2012

The earth's climate goes through both short term physical seasonal and longer term geological cycles. However those cycles are controlled by delicate ecological balance evolved over eons. Life's ecosystems built earth from a barren CO2 saturated atmosphere to oxygen rich liveable atmosphere and it took two billions years for life to accomplish this. Geological changes take millions if not tens of millions of years. For instance 20 million years ago there was such a geological change accompanied with ocean rise. However the earth's biological systems remained intact since the changes occured over a geological period of time, and earth's life adjusted the way it has evolved itself. However those life systems are still physical systems and can be overwhelmed. So now extremely rapid human caused climate change wreaks havoc with man's determined effort destroy forests and to pump billions of tons more CO2 into the atmosphere each year than it can handle..encouraged by millions of mentally unstable humans who avoid physical facts and responsibility and believe earth's "nature" is some all knowing god that bows to their delusions until they destroy their own civilization. These types would leave their cars idling in their garages killing off their families..since in their hallucinations carbon monoxide would be considered natural and gases circulating in their home have "always changed due to random, chaotic forces of nature" Face it it's just denial of responsibility

8:27AM PDT on May 8, 2012

The earth's climate goes through both short term physical seasonal and longer term geological cycles. However those cycles are controlled by delicate ecological balance evolved over eons. Life's ecosystems built earth from a barren CO2 saturated atmosphere to an oxygen rich liveable atmosphere and it took two billions years for life to accomplish this. Geological changes take millions if not tens of millions of years. For instance 20 million years ago there was such a geological change accompanied with an ocean rise. However the earth's biological systems remained intact since the changes occured over a geological period of time, and earth's life adjusted the way it has evolved itself. However those life systems are still physical systems and can be overwhelmed. So now extremely rapid human caused climate change wreaks havoc with man's determined effort destroy forests and to pump billions of tons more CO2 into the atmosphere each year than it can handle. ..encouraged by millions of mentally unstable humans who avoid physical facts and responsibility and believe earth's "nature" is some all knowing god that bows to their delusions until they destroy their own civilization. These types would leave their cars idling in their garages killing off their entire families, because in their hallucinations carbon monoxide would be considered natural and the gases circulating in their home have "always changed due to random, chaotic forces of nature". Face it it's just denial of resp

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