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Why It's So Difficult to Face the Frightening Climate Change Reality

Environment  (tags: ecosystems, environment, climate-change, humans, protection, globalwarming, government )

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The corporate media aren't exactly helping.

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Twyla Sparks (208)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 6:48 pm

Jason S (50)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 6:56 pm
Good posting, thanks

Susanne R (235)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 8:29 pm
I think Al Gore answered the question, "Why is it so difficult to face the climate change reality," in the title of his book. It truly is "an inconvenient truth." If the average citizen is even aware of the problem --cause and effect-- they're probably waiting for our government to do something about it. In the meantime, the GOP (especially the tea party faction) is busily chipping away at our government, cutting funding to the EPA and protecting their campaign-contributing fossil fuel extractors and users. There's still a lot of natural resources to extract from the earth, and therefore a lot of money to be made, and powerful corporations will do whatever it takes to protect their selfish interests. If that's not true, why else would the Koch brothers being spending so much of their own money controlling our not only our government, but what the general population is led to believe about climate change, by buying politicians and spreading costly propaganda? That's probably why climate change is not the dramatic front-page news that it should be. It costs Big Energy less to cover up the problem than to fix it.

If only we could convince Miley Cyrus to "twerk" the Koch brothers while wearing a bikini that had a "just say no to fossil fuels" slogan on it? I think we'd see some serious newspaper coverage. Let's face it, some of them only feature front-page stories that attract the reader's attention and therefore sell newspapers. But what does that say about us?!

James Merit (144)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 8:46 pm
Thank you.

Mari 's (1356)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:15 am
Exxon spends millions distorting the truth. Republican leaders teach their followers it's a Hoax. There is a lot of denial out there you have no idea how many times I have been attacked for bringing up this subject on FB. We have a lot of people in Denial and brainwashed.

. (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:41 am
Great article, Cal. Thanks for sharing.

Reggie Thomas (5)
Monday October 7, 2013, 8:30 am
The reason why its So Difficult to Face Frightening Climate Change, the Republican's for Fossil Fuels,Keystone XL Pipeline,Fracking.Republican's will always be that thorn in the foot when it comes to climate change.(O_O)

Carmen S (611)
Monday October 7, 2013, 8:34 am
Thanks, Cal.

Lynne Willey (2)
Monday October 7, 2013, 8:37 am
why is it so difficult, why are there 60% of our population who have NEVER heard we have ANY health care plan? Because as a nation we are uninformed and happy to be uninformed, and ignorant.

I have a college educated friend, who when I was talking about a town hall meeting with our congressman, where 60% of the people there were polled and want a clean CR, all about that meeting, her response was,"That is depressing, I think I had better go eat some dinner". Yes, it is depressing but sometimes the things we need to know about don't come easy. Freedom isn't free, well the cost for it is being an informed voter and participating.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:24 am
Most people prefer not to know. Educating themselves might require time away from their beer; fast food and reality TV. Of course they will be the first to complain when things go wrong and the first to yell and expect the government to fix everything. That's because they've never been to taught to be self reliant or to accept responsibility for their actions. How then can you expect them to want to deal with something like climate change that will definitely require sacrifices on everyone's part. They like the smooth, round things that titillate the sense and not the hard edges that are painful.

lee e (114)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:24 am
Hey the pugs aren't the only ones - take a peak at your MSNBC sponsors and how they are espousing "natural gas" - yes of course the repugs are worse -- but we have a slew of rich democrats attempting to sell out our lives - that's the primary reason I won't vote for Hillary! She's got a lot of explaining to do to convince me she's not a plutocrat!

Sara V (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:28 am
It is not the "International Panel on Climate Change", but the "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" which issued the U.N. report. The same governments which are subsidizing and promoting GMO use, cattle ranching in virgin rainforest, and facilitating the fraudulent banking web around the world are now promoting the idea of climate change. Why? Because now they (and friends) can make their money on Carbon Credit sales and the associated markets, also through use of the government force.

There have been recent exposés of the IPCC by author Diana LaFramboise and climatologist Judith Curry ( You can learn more about the reasons why we cannot believe what this group says on the Corbett Report from September 28th: The IPCC Exposed. At 33 minutes, 38 seconds into the report, Dr. Tim Ball, climatologist, speaks of the "processes" used by the IPCC and other government-sponsored groups in issuing these high-profile reports.

“When we allow science to become political then we are lost. We will enter the internet version of the Dark Ages, an era of stifling fears and wild prejudices, transmitted to people who don’t know any better.”

Michael Crichton.

SusanAWAY A (219)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:50 am
Noted and shared

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday October 7, 2013, 10:40 am
The problem, I think, is that the sort of problems described in the article also make it difficult for people to recognize pseudoscience creeping into common scientific knowledge, and to recognize that scientists can be wrong. For example, recent reports on climate change actually suggest that CO2-driven warming, if it is significant, may actually not increase extreme weather-events, and it is very difficult for many people to accept this.
(This was echoed in the IPCC's latest report.)

The problem is that we base so much of what we do on our trust in modern science. As far as our initiatives go, it is at least as big a guide as everything else put together. It is no wonder that events and conditions which should shake our faith in what we are told, which should drive us to do all the extra work of acting like scientists and verifying data and metadata, models and theories, math and inferences, and whatever else, get dismissed. For example, I remember a lot of alarmism and worries over a prediction that in a few years, there would be a day in summer with no ice in the Arctic. The prediction was for summer of 2013. Nobody noticed when it failed entirely.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 11:31 am
Noted thanks

Valerie H (133)
Monday October 7, 2013, 1:40 pm
Thank you for sharing.....

S S (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:05 pm
Thank you.

David C (131)
Monday October 7, 2013, 6:05 pm
...I will just have to keep care2ing and working hard against the ignorers and deniers who are led by their financial backers.......

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Wednesday October 9, 2013, 1:53 am

Michela M (3964)
Friday October 11, 2013, 3:12 pm

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