‘Climate Change Is Real,' Says Virtually Every Scientist In The World

ProudProgressive 2013/02/26 12:34:30
If there's one thing (and only one thing) that conservatives are good at, it's the categorical denial of obvious reality. When a recession years in the making, brought about by Wall Street deregulation and massive tax cuts for corporations and the richest Americans, conservatives denied that their policies had anything to do with it. When America's most wanted man was brought to justice thanks to the leadership of THIS President, the conservatives attacked him for doing it, seemed almost to take bin Laden's side, and ultimately tried to give credit to a man who did everything in his power for seven years to AVOID bringing this terrorist to justice. Now a sequester looms because the Republicans decided to hold the debt ceiling hostage and refuse to do anything about the monster they set in motion.

But nowhere is conservative denial more obvious than in the area of Global Climate Change. Scientists have confirmed for well over a decade that our climate is changing significantly and for the worse as a direct result of man's activities. The conservative response, bought and paid for by the oil and coal industry thank you very much, has been to deny that the problem exists (and lower Manhattan was never underwater) and to attack visionary leaders like Al Gore who have made the world aware of the global crisis we all face. Maybe they think that massive ecological disasters will only affect poor people, or black people, or homosexuals, or Muslims. Or maybe they, as on most issues, think "I can't benefit from this today, so I don't give a sh*t what happens to the world tomorrow." Either way, the global climate change deniers have pretty much ceased to be a legitimate danger, but only an object of ridicule.

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‘Climate Change Is Real,' Says Virtually Every Scientist In The World
By Rika Christensen

There are polls out there that show people believe there are extensive amounts of disagreement in the scientific community about anthropogenic climate change, however, when it comes to peer reviewed work—the gold standard of the scientific community—a very different picture emerges. James Lawrence Powell of DeSmogBlog conducted research on peer-reviewed literature discussing climate change, searching work published between Jan. 1, 1991 and Nov. 9, 2012, and found that only 23 articles, out of nearly 14,000 that he looked up, read abstracts for and/or read the entire piece, rejected anthropogenic climate change. 23…out of nearly 14,000.

That rejection came in one of two forms: either something other than human-caused carbon emissions is responsible, or they simply reject the idea altogether. The rest support it in at least some fashion.

Despite this, and the fact that this is not the first time such a project has been done and gotten similar results, the climate change deniers persist in their it's-all-a-hoax agenda. An open letter to none other than Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon of the U.N. in the Financial Post claims that the secretary-general's statements about extreme weather being tied to anthropogenic climate change, and that our carbon emissions are to blame, are not supported by science. The letter talks about no appreciable warming occurring over the last sixteen years, and that restrictive, costly policies espoused by the U.N. are not the answer to handling extreme weather.

The letter is wrong on there being no warming, as the author cherry-picked his data to reach that conclusion. The website Skeptical Science did a good job debunking all the claims in that letter.

An op-ed in Forbes calls climate change the crime of the century, going much further than saying it's a mere hoax. This piece discusses the idea that carbon dioxide is less of a greenhouse gas than water vapor, and that solar activity accounts for 75% of the temperature changes we see. That second claim apparently comes from the Marshall Institute, which is heavily funded by Exxon. It is, in a way, true, but also badly cherry-picked: scientists who have studied how solar activity affects the planet say it does so on a regional, not a global, level, and that our current run-up to a weaker-than-usual solar maximum is not responsible for extreme weather like Superstorm Sandy. In general, these researchers say that solar activity is not responsible for the planet-wide temperature increases we've seen over the last century.

The Forbes article also looks at the potential costs of actually addressing carbon emissions, saying that, according to the U.N., the global cost would be more than $500 trillion (with a "t").

However, Andrew Guzman, a researcher who has studied difficult-to-solve economic problems such as entrenched poverty, trade wars, and economic recessions, reminds people of the cost of not doing a thing. Climate change can change the environment around us, creating not just more in the way of extreme storms, but also droughts and actual shifts in the different types of climates that currently exist. This can cause water shortages, which can lead to more widespread famine and, as a result, war over the world's ever-scarcer natural resources.

These problems will compound the problem of overpopulation. Energy demands will compound the problem of water resources, especially so-called "clean coal" technology, which is very water-intensive. A study in National Geographic estimates that, by 2035, water consumption for energy production will double, rising to 135 billion cubic meters per year, from the 66 billion we currently use worldwide.

And yet, to climate deniers, the initial cost in terms of dollars is far more important than a future they can't clearly see and may not live to see. For some, it's about business profit. For others, it's about business profit being a red herring and governments trying to seize control. For many, it's likely just a fear of major changes to the way the world works.

The bottom line is, they don't want to do anything because they don't want to make the difficult changes that are necessary, and will continue to foment disagreement in the general public regardless of the fact that there is a scientific consensus supporting anthropogenic climate change.

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  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2013/03/12 03:26:50
  • retiredingeorgia 2013/02/28 01:24:36
    Of course the climate changes.
    Summer: Hot
    Fall: Cooler
    Winter: Cold
    Spring: Warms up again
    Repeat Annually
    Liberal BS
  • Magus BN-0 retired... 2013/02/28 01:35:03
    Magus BN-0
    You apparently don't understand what the word "climate" even means.
  • retired... Magus BN-0 2013/02/28 08:30:54
    You apparently don't understand sarcasm.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2013/02/27 22:42:38
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    Once again, another bold faced liberal LIE.

    31,487 American scientists, including 9,029 with PhDs, have signed a petition rejecting the 'global warming' lie.

    Global Warming Hoax Exposed when emails from corrupt East Anglia were hacked and released to the public.

    After 2008, the coldest year in 100 years, global warming nuts changed tactics and started referring to their agenda as 'climate change'.

    Only sheep still believe the scam.
  • Magus BN-0 Torchma... 2013/02/28 18:14:18 (edited)
    Magus BN-0
    Many of the names on that list aren't actually scientists. Others are faked signatures on behalf of scientists who don't support the petition, duplicate signatures, and "signatures" from fictional characters. There are even, IIRC, a couple of "signatures" by corporations. And even when you filter through all the phony signatures, the great majority have no background in climate research.

    There was nothing "exposed" by those East Anglia e-mails other than the dishonesty of global warming deniers.

    And the claim that 2008 was "the coldest year in 100 years" is a breathtakingly nonsensical lie. 2008 wasn't even the coldest year in the last 12 years, let alone the last 100.
    years breathtakingly nonsensical lie 2008 coldest year 12 years 100
  • Deere Guy ~POTL~PWCM~JL~PWC... 2013/02/27 22:20:28 (edited)
    I see the progressives are pushing "Gorbal Warming" again.....What a joke......just another ploy to make some people like Al Gore richer of of inuendos and false theories and research......I thought Al made enough money selling current TV to Al Jazzerra.......
  • Steve Deere G... 2013/02/28 02:02:27
    The people pursuing wealth are the oil companies. Their profits would fall dramatically if the globe got serious about energy alternatives. So they do exactly what the cigarette companies did decades ago: fund false science "institutes" to keep their profit streams intact.
  • Deere G... Steve 2013/02/28 02:08:23
    Answer me one question..........if you levee all of these taxes and penalties on the oil companies, who in hell do you think it's gonna hurt?
  • Steve Deere G... 2013/02/28 02:11:02
    Primarily shareholders and corporate executives.
    Developing energy alternatives can benefit the common people and the environment.
  • Deere G... Steve 2013/02/28 02:20:54 (edited)
    Are you dumb and ignorant to believe the cost isn't gonna be passed on to you and me........ye ole consumer?........These corporate executives are gonna do just fine........they're gonna make you and I pay 10 bucks a gallon for gas........Oh but we punished those old greedy bastards........Use your Gourd..........
  • Steve Deere G... 2013/02/28 02:29:57
    The easy oil has been tapped already. Most of the remaining is deep underwater or tied up in rock formations. It's costly to extract in amounts needed to power the world...that's why gas is $4 per gallon.

    Prices will stabilize and oil company profits will drop when alternatives are fully developed -- CNG cars, wind, solar, wave, tidal, geothermal. Competitive alternatives will lower prices, nothing else will.
  • Deere G... Steve 2013/02/28 02:33:10 (edited)
    Prices are high because of our spending.....the dollar ain;t worth the paper and ink that it takes to print it.....the devaluation of our currency is the cost of high oil......when are you people gonna figure that out? Alternatives will never work as long as you have companies like Solendra who keep milking the country for billions yet offering them nothing.....Japan already announced they're stopping the manufacturer of batteries for electric and hybrid cars........the people aren't buying the damn expensive pieces of crap......
  • Steve Deere G... 2013/02/28 02:42:33
    No, over the past 5 years, the dollar has been on a bit of an upward trend overall. The "collapsing dollar" is a myth:
  • Deere G... Steve 2013/02/28 02:51:01 (edited)
    Are you kidding me?.......When the Standard and Poors degrades you that isn't serious?.......The first time in the history of this republic?.....You gotta be kidding me........you think a 16 trillion dollar debt is ok?......You and I are worlds apart........we'll never agree.......you sound like Tom Harkin and Nancy Pelosi.......Amazing how Obama told GWB that his 10 trillion dollar debt was immoral and illegal......yet his 16 trillion dollar deficit seems ok?.......HIPOCRISY ANYONE?........You have a good day.....
  • Steve Deere G... 2013/02/28 03:00:05
    It is indeed immoral to run big deficits and debts while the economy is robust. It is prudent to stimulate the economy with deficit spending when the economy is weak.

    Different economic conditions demand different fiscal policy.
  • Deere G... Steve 2013/03/04 16:26:26
    Try telling 25 million people who have no jobs that the economy is robust......1% annual growth is robust?.....Where did you learn math?......from a matchbook cover?..or cracker Jack box?
  • Steve Deere G... 2013/03/04 16:44:19
    You misunderstand. The economy was robust when Bush Jr. started large deficits with big tax cuts and unfunded wars and the Medicare Part D giveaway to Big Pharma. That was immoral, because it removed room for Keynsian stimulus when the economy tanked.

    Budget deficits are essentially inevitable with economic downturns. But we have bigger deficits than we otherwise would have if Bush hadn't given away the farm to the folks who were already accumulating wealth.
  • Deere G... Steve 2013/03/04 16:50:10
    My god what do you think Obama has done?..........Obama has given away 6 trillion in just 3 years......the deficit was 11 trillion when he took office.......now it's approaching 17 trillion.......
  • Steve Deere G... 2013/03/04 21:20:00
    In a context of responding to the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression, that's not necessarily wrong.

    We have a GDP of something like 14 trillion. We built up debt of 100 percent of GDP during WW-II. Paying that down during the 1950s didn't exactly cripple our country.
  • Deere G... Steve 2013/03/04 21:25:15
    But now there is no sign of Obama paying it down.....he has no intentions of paying it down.......only growing it.........we're gonna be like Greece........118 or 120% over GDP.......no one can tell me that's a good thing........the dollar will become worthless.......
  • Steve Deere G... 2013/03/04 21:35:30
    The dollar isn't falling against other currencies. And the deficit is getting smaller as percent of GDP:

    dollar falling currencies deficit smaller percent gdp
  • Deere G... Steve 2013/03/04 21:40:07
    Where are your numbers coming from? Venezuela?
  • Steve Deere G... 2013/03/05 02:28:21
    Congressional Budget Office
  • Deere G... Steve 2013/03/05 12:30:53
    Oh sure they did.........
  • J 2013/02/27 22:17:56
    Virtually every "scientist in the world" said we were entering an new ice age in the 60s too.
    Get a grip and think for yourself!
  • Georgia50 2013/02/27 18:49:50
    The dispute is not whether CO2 levels are rising. The dispute is what impact rising CO2 levels will have on the earth's climate.

    a. the earth has seen warmer climates with less CO2 concentration and zero technology; and
    b. the earth has seen cooler climates with greater CO2 concentration and zero technology
    it stands that there is no quantifiable causation between CO2 and climate, with or without technology, and even if there was, a treaty or law on paper is not going to unilaterally move climate in another direrction.
  • Ashley 2013/02/27 14:53:58
    Next we will find out it is caused by the politicians talking too much. I am sure there is no way to fix that.
  • Georgia50 Ashley 2013/02/27 19:02:04 (edited)
    On February 15, 2013, at approximately 10 pm EST, scientists performed an experiment on Al Gore. First lubricating then inserting into his anal sphincter a long tube--sealed--that when opened would vent his intestinal contents to the atmosphere, they encountered an obstruction. Repeating the process, they first mounted a small drill bit on the business end of the tube. Drilling through the obstruction, the seal was obliterated by an explosion of gas that shot into the atmosphere, melting the tube, the drill bit and a nearby wind monitor.

    About 20 minutes later, this was observed in the sky over Russia...
    russian meteor

    So yes, let's explore this possibility. But one must caution those who perform such tests to exercise great care.
  • Bureauc 0Bamao 2013/02/27 00:57:46
    Bureauc 0Bamao
    This from the same community that said we were headed for the next Ice Age just a few decades ago. I guess the elitist like Al Gore couldn't figure out a way to fleece the public using that line.
  • Bureauc... Bureauc... 2013/02/27 01:01:01
    Bureauc 0Bamao
    These same scientist are now admitting that solar activity has a huge effect on earth temps, so I'm wondering how human activity effects the sun.
  • Dave 2013/02/27 00:33:48
    I think the last paragraph summed it up nicely. Thank you for posting that, though it will mean nothing to the Right Wingnuts and the wealthy.
  • Deere G... Dave 2013/02/27 22:27:07 (edited)
    Might change the CO2 levels considerably if Obama would keep Airforce one grounded for a few days rather than globetrotting and campaigning.......I see he takes Gorbal warming quite seriously.......Don't do as I do, just do as I say do.......
  • Dave Deere G... 2013/03/03 17:14:58
    You can pick on Obama all you want - but he sides with the corporatist just as much as the Republicons. The economy is more important to him than the environment and he has kids. So sad So you are being petty when you look at Obama.
  • Deere G... Dave 2013/03/03 18:35:30
    Obama could care less about you and I......He is after one thing and one thing only.....he hates the AMerica I grew up with......the olld hateful america he was taught by shi socialist professors in college......he is out to totally reform this country into a european style socialist country at best.....communism or dictatorship at worst......he's an enemy to the free enterprise and capitalist system......that's a fact.....
  • Dave Deere G... 2013/03/09 19:36:26 (edited)
    "...he hates the AMerica I grew up with..." What does that mean? I'm assuming that you mean the 1950-1960s before Vietnam, though we still had it pretty good then too. It wasn't until Reagan let the corporatists in that your America was dismantled. Obama represents a small piece of that dismantling. You give Obama way too much credit.
  • Deere G... Dave 2013/03/09 21:39:55
    We saw some of the best economic times through the Reagan era...........you're full of it.......
  • Dave Deere G... 2013/03/16 15:28:59
    lol If you had a flat tire, I bet you'd say, "Well, I still have three other tires to move along with."

    Where we are today - started with Reagan when he let the corporatists into the White House.
  • Radlad 2013/02/26 22:04:11
    Yeah, every scientist, research group, and universities that live high off the hog on government grants that support global warming. Those that support the idea so a hand full of people like algore can make billions by doing and selling nothing other than carbon credits and putting the rest of us into poverty. All the while russia, china, india, and a few other third world nations do not have to change their carbon emissions. It's only the US that will have to take the hit on jobs, manufacturing, transportation and pretty much give up the lifestyle we have.................

    Coarse those scientist that say global warming is caused by that big ball of light in the sky. Their opinions don't count.........
  • Magus BN-0 Radlad 2013/02/27 00:21:56
    Magus BN-0
    It's not caused by the sun. The sun's been getting cooler while Earth gets warmer.

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