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Monday, February 7, 2011

Mr. Republican.....Do You Understand the Difference Between Climate and Weather?

NASA defines the difference between climate and weather as  "a difference in time".


With record-breaking climate disasters crippling the United States, defenders of global warming pollution are growing increasingly desperate. Gordon Peterson, host of PBS’s weekly Inside Washington show, noted the scientific fact that “there’s about a four percent more water vapor in the air now in the atmosphere than there was in the ’70s because of warmer oceans and warmer air, and it returns to earth as heavy rain and heavy snow.” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer — like his colleague George Will, a radical climate denier — countered with a Godzilla-spores theory, attacking Al Gore and claiming that climate science is a “religion”:

"Look, if Godzilla appeared on the Mall this afternoon, Al Gore would say it’s global warming, because the spores in the South Atlantic Ocean, you know, were. Look, everything is, it’s a religion. In a religion, everything is explicable. In science, you can actually deny or falsify a proposition with evidence. You find me a single piece of evidence that Al Gore would ever admit would contradict global warming and I’ll be surprised."

Krauthammer seems incapable of understanding that man-made changes to the climate could affect weather, as if adding billions of tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere should have no effect on meteorological systems. It’s certainly true that climate scientists can’t perfectly predict the consequences of melting the Arctic, heating the oceans, and disrupting ecosystems — which means that humanity cannot be fully prepared for the changes fossil fuel pollution brings, even if deniers like Krauthammer are ignored.

Unfortunately, every day brings new evidence of how dangerous our superheated climate system is to modern civilization, with floods, droughts, and storms taking down power grids, driving up food prices, and bringing devastation to millions of people around the globe.

Now, it may be hard for republicans, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck to keep multiple thoughts in their heads at once, but to suggest a couple days of heavy snow refutes decades of climate change science — even though it fits in perfectly with scientific predictions — well readers its just utter nonsense.

It’s like claiming a flying airplane refutes gravity, or that Sarah Palin’s success refutes survival-of-the-fittest.

In a recent poll, 53 percent of Republicans said there is no evidence for climate change, when only three years ago 62 percent of GOPers said they did believe in global warming. Almost 90 percent of Democrats and a majority of independents said there is solid evidence for global warming.

Overall, 59 percent of adults thought there was good evidence that the planet is warming, and 34 percent said global warming is mostly caused by human activity. An overwhelming number of scientists say global warming exists, is harmful and is caused by human-created carbon emissions, from cars, factories and other sources. Ninety-seven percent of top scientists are in agreement that global warming exist today.

Reiterating readers "weather is not climate change"!

Are the Republicans capable of applying common sense?
"One of the most disturbing things about the extreme radical republican party over the last couple of decades is that they just don’t believe in science any more. And that is not an approach that is likely to generate any kind of creative thinking. Hence the 1776 mentality"!
The thinking process of most Republicans is worse than random. If you want to feel the glow of acceptance by a big group of Republicans, all you’ve got to do is say the magic phrase: “Global Warming has not been proven.” Say it just often enough to piss off Democrats. Don’t say it too often or too loudly, or even the Republicans will think that you’re weird. With those magic words denying global warming, you’ll get smiles and pats on the back from total strangers who will buy you drinks and regale you with stories about how they outwitted stupid Democrats; they’ll laugh at your jokes and they’ll tell you that you’re smart. As long as you keep uttering “Global Warming is hype” (or “Abortion is the same thing as murder” or “Government is incapable of doing anything other than wasting money”), you’ll continue to be invited to continue basking in the warmth of all those new friendships. And as long as you bask in the warmth of all of those inanities, aggregate power will continue to accrue to the intellectually misguided group. Bonding is powerful–it enables groups to accomplish many things that its members, acting individually, could never accomplish.

The lunacy that is republican, feverishly moves on, and yet in a "climate" where stupidity is not a luxury, we here in America are left bundled with the "know nothings" of the extreme right, all the while the world passes us by on whether "global warming" really exists or not.