Thursday, February 11, 2010

Man-Made Climate Change for Dummies

There is a big push to try to get the story out through conservative blogs and media, primarily Fox "News" that man-made climate change is a hoax. They're trying to make the case that because of the big snow storms on the east coast that climate change can't be real because it's cold and it's snowing more than usual. This is a completely ridiculous argument. NASA recently announced a study that shows that 2009 was the second warmest year in history.

But conservatives want to try to use their typical short-term thinking to make Americans believe because it's cold and snowing in winter, climate change is a hoax. They are the ones that are being taken for a ride though, in some cases by scientists that have been bribed by the oil companies, to try to refute the irrefutable. Rachel Maddow last night put it in terms I hope even conservatives can understand.

Stephen Colbert takes a whack at the nutty man-made climate change deniers.
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Dylan Ratigan took a few minutes to explain man-made climate change to Fox Noise buffoon, Glenn Beck.


Jay-Ney said...

Just days after the first Tea Party nation’s convention wound down in Nashville several opinion polls appeared to send conflicting messages about the movement’s likely impact in this crucial election year.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Poll, only about a third of Americans view the movement favorably, while a plurality (40 percent) have not heard of it or don’t have enough information to form an opinion.

In addition, about 26 percent of the public is critical of the grassroots movement.

"The Tea Party movement is a blank slate to many Americans, which is not surprising for a political movement that is only about a year old," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

However, there are signals that the movement may already be influencing electoral outcomes in some key states.

For example, a new poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports shows Texas Governor Rick Perry leading Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison 44 percent to 29 percent in the race for reelection.

Perry was endorsed by former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who has been branded by some as the unofficial leader of the Tea Party movement.

Palin delivered the keynote address at the Nashville convention Feb. 6, and a day later she made a public appearance with Perry on the campaign trail in suburban Houston, according to The Daily Texan.

Jay-Ney said...

She makes it so simple. She didn't use all that science bullshit to prove her point. It makes it easier for people like me to understand. Chris' blog had too much science in it and data bullshit so they would sound smart.One thing I don't get is that they say the scientist that found global warmings data was not real. Is that all bullshit? There is no way all those scientist and governement oversight commity made up the whole thing. They just need to use their brains.

vomamike said...

Jay-Ney - the "scandal" of emails so widely touted by the Right as "evidence" of a hoax - was anything but. My understanding it was a case of various scientist trying to "outdo" each other, but the underlying scientific evidence of global warming/climate change was FOR REAL. Every now and then, some person with decent credentials claims the evidence is a "false positive". Often it turns out those people turn out to have connections to either Right Wing Think tanks or the energy corporations. Like their testimony has credence!!! What is a mystery to me is why there is so much "push back" from people who should know better. I can understand why corporations with ties to oil, etc want to lie and obfuscate - just like the tobacco companies did for decades - but 'responsible' reporters and pundits? A further enigma to me is the charge from the Right that we who believe in the peril are profiting some how. The only profit I see, is the greedy profit going to oil companies, coal companies and their ilk.

I have said it before - if we are wrong - the worse thing that will happen is we clean up the air and water. If we are right - it could be - and most likely will be - cataclysmic to mankind.

Paul said...

The fact that there is anyone foolish enough to believe in man-made GoreBull Warming is proof that you can convince a certain number of people to fall for anything.

vomamike said...

Paul - it is you that is being foolish. Sort of reminds me of the Biblical story surrounding Noah and the Ark. You Paul, remind me of the people who ridiculed Noah while he built his Ark - and were left to drown as Noah and his Ark floated away.

Chris said...

vomamike, not one of the pre3dictions from the global warming fanatics has come true. In 1974 Time magazine the same fanatical scientist said that there was an ice age coming. Oops. And now we are finding out that the data was faked for global warming. Another big clue is the fact that they keep changing the name of this global warming because it doesn't fit with what is really happening to the weather. And don't forget the rest of the world feels the same way we do about the hoax. The only ones that are still backing it are the ones that have a pony in the race and something to loose.