Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Sun, 02/16/2014 - 3:48pm
On CBS News this morning, Bob Scheiffer interviewed Deputy Assistant Governor about the storms in the state, challening him on his previous statement that climate change "was in God's hands". McCrory insisted his was misquoted and went on to say:
“But I will say this, that I feel that there has always been climate change. The debate is really how much is really man made, and how much will it cost to have any impact on climate change.”
Submitted by Blue Lee on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:45pm
Science is tough, what with its rules and laws and proof. And, hey, look, it's snowing outside. For Rep. Mike Stone, apparently snow on the ground means that Global Warming must be a joke. So, as his constituents deal with power outages, impassable roads, and cancellations, Stone finds some humor in his lack of basic understanding of science. As The Rant notes, there are easily found articles that explain the difference between climate and weather, but that would require typing words into Google and then reading. It's much easier to make a Facebook post that continues the ignorance.
New York City and New Bern, North Carolina both face the same projected rise in sea levels, but while one is preparing for the worst, the other is doing nothing on principle. A glimpse into America's contradictory climate change planning.
If you've ever wondered what foreign people think about North Carolina, this article in Spiegel International will enlighten and depress you. Here's hoping DAG McCrory and Secretary Decker aren't on the hunt for any German companies for whom a reliance on science and planning are important cultural considerations. Doing nothing on principle. Indeed.
According to emails provided by the museum, director Emlyn Koster wrote that “we want to engage the public, marshal the progress of our unique learning-rich setting and take advantage of our collaborative network, rather than focusing on an hour-long film in a theater.” He added that the museum needs to “ensure an objective science-centered approach.”
My translation: "I don't know about you," said Mr. Koster, "but I want to keep my job. If that means sucking up to the climate-change deniers in the General Assembly, so be it. They passed a law making sea level rise illegal, and by god, it's going to stay illegal."
Just looking at the known drivers (climate forcings) and the actual temperature history shows it directly, without need for a climate model: without the increase in greenhouse gases caused by humans, the slow cooling trend would have continued. Thus virtually the entire warming of the 20th Century is due to man. This May, for the first time in at least a million years, the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has exceeded the threshold of 400 ppm. If we do not stop this trend very soon, we will not recognize our Earth by the end of this century.
Beneath the radar, as usual, of the national media there is a controversy over PBS pulling a documentary on the Koch bothers influence in America. Apparently, they are large donors on both sides of the aisle and no one wants to stop the flow of their money...even if it kills them...or maybe their grandchildren.
The Climate Convergence on Raleigh (CCR) will be a critical mass event of concerned citizens and organizations from across North Carolina that are fed up with inaction. We will rally, march, and meet with our legislators that have the responsibility of charting the course of our future. We must take it upon ourselves to enact the political changes necessary to avert further climate devastation.
As we've seen from the economic success of renewable energy, bringing our atmospheric carbon emissions down to 350 parts per million doesn't have to be painful, and it's damned sure less painful than losing a third of our state to the inevitable volume of ocean that will result from the loss of sea and land ice. Burying your head in the sand might bring short-term comfort, but when the waves start lapping at your neck, changing your mind will no longer be an option.
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