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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Terrible Victory Of Global Warming Deniers

At the expense of being tedious, from a climatological perspective, 2011 was a real killer—both figuratively and literally. If not quite so hot as 2010, which tied 1998 for the warmest in recorded history, it’s likely to end up among the top ten, all occurring over the past fifteen years according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Extreme weather plagued much of the world. Drought in East Africa has caused mass starvation; catastrophic floods came to Thailand, southern Africa and Australia. Winter temperatures across Russia averaged 4 degrees Celsius (roughly 9 degrees Fahrenheit) above average. Arctic sea ice was the second lowest on record.

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  • yupperz

    Yes, the planet is warming. What else would expect. Knowing the core of the planet is molten heat. Humans have been drilling holes, tunnels, bombing areas in time of war/s or just to remove an area for exploration. When you have a solid ball, drill parts out, remove them to another area it changes the balance of everything, this would explain the change of axis.
    Now, with knowing the core of this ball is molten heat, and humans had been removing the surfaces of the said ball, the molten heat has no other place to go other than outward. Guess what, it heats the air we breath. Yes, the planet is expelling heat at record numbers. IT IS OUR OWN FAULT.
    Now, let’s look at the Ice Age. It ended when temperatures raised only by 10degrees ‘F’, The planet is doing what it needs to do in order for it to survive.
    If you take a good look at north pole and south pole you will notice as chunks of ice drop off, more ice is being reformed – that is what Mother Nature does, it fixes itself. It is HUMAMS THAT REALLY MESS IT UP.

  • gcalan

    The myth of global warming is propagated by “scientists” seeking funds from the vast pool of private foundation money put up by liberals seeking to destroy capitalism. The handful of true scientists working with the scraps of funding available to the over-taxed petroleum and coal have proven beyond reasonable doubt that global warming does not exist. But the broad web of propagandist liberal media bury the facts and never print the truth about climate.

  • RodgerMitchell

    Congratulations to gcalan for confirming everything Gene Lyons said.

    “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” H. L. Mencken

  • photojack53

    Bravo to Gene Lyons for showing the unwarranted partisanship of climate science deniers and bringing to our attention the “change of heart” of one of the most vehement climate change deniers, Richard Muller. Republicans show unwarranted skepticism toward catastrophic anthropogenic global warming which has been effectively put to rest when the famous scientific philosopher, Massimo Pigliucci said, “the best science is on one side and the ideological posturing on the other.” This Republican ideological posturing is destroying our nation! Some people’s cluelessness about why climate change falls along partisan lines can be answered by noting that party’s collusion with big business, its de-regulatory record and anti-environmental stances, all in their efforts to glean unconscionable contributions from gross polluters and industries hell-bent on profiteering by destroying the environmental safeguards put in place by the EPA and other vitally needed agencies.
    I’ve noticed that the Republicans vote as a block, at the dictates of their Karl Rove or Grover Norquist tyranny, often contrary to their own constituent’s best interests and certainly against the best ethical considerations concerning public health and safety in America!
    The 700+ peer-reviewed articles from the I.P.C.C. (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report, gleaning the most objective science from all disciplines touching on this subject are not out to pull the wool over people’s eyes. But sadly, the Republican agenda is!
    I would love to get more of Gene Lyons’s views on the vital issue of climate change and how science can contribute to enhancing our political dialog to overcome Republican reticence and obstructionism.

  • John St. Clair

    @gcalan – The myth of no global warming is propagated by “scientists” getting funds from the vast pool of oil and coal money put up by rich corporations and individuals seeking to make more money. The vast majority of true scientists working hard to understand the complex atmospheric systems have proven beyond reasonable doubt that global warming does exist. But the broad web of propagandist conservative media bury the facts and never print the truth about climate.

  • rustacus21

    … have an answer for everything… xcept for Y the polar caps & glaciers are melting – all over the planet. Or Y southerly weather patterns are slowly creeping northerly, each season? Or Y pH levels of the worlds oceans, are dangerously out of balance, killing coral reefs, plankton & infecting larger sea creatures w/infections, at unprecedented levels – ALL, as Mr. Lyons explains, over the last 15 years? The dependence on corporations for the answers has given us high fructose corn syrup, which increasingly, is looking as the culprit in the explosive increase in diabetes, allergies, high blood pressure & resistance to common antibiotics – again – all in the last 15 years? If we only have 1 planet, if we listen to “deniers” & allow them to rule the debate & U (deniers!) are WRONG, what recourse do those of us who are telling U ALL now, that we “told U so” in future? At that point, being on the correct side of the debate will be moot. It’s U’r children & grandchildren, as well as mine, who will suffer from heat emergencies, no fresh or even AVAILABLE air/water, soil that has been fouled, due to the poisons in genetically modified produce, which renders dirt useless to grow anything, after a GMO crop has been planted there. This is too much info 4 deniers, so it’s much simpler to simply – deny the existence of what’s real, than to admit their error…