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Wingnuts actually assert that the melting polar ice cap is normal. We should feed the global-warming deniers to the dying polar bears.
While eating lunch with a friend today (Indian buffet — mmmmm) I overheard a stupid white male baby-boomer asshole (redundant) at the next table loudly pontificating that global warming is a hoax and that climate-change guru Al Gore has a low IQ.
When I read the weather reports on The Sacramento Bee’s website, sacbee.com, there are always fucktards who leave comments to the effect that if we’re having bel0w-average temperatures, then global warming must be bullshit. (I once responded that that’s like saying that a homeless person who suddenly is given a $100 bill no longer is poor; no, I pointed out, that person has had a spike in income, to be sure, but he or she is still quite mired in poverty.)
I often can’t tell if people are really so fucking stupid as to argue that a cooler-than-usual day means that climate change is crap or if they’re just pushing their right-wing agenda.
It is true that Sacramento has had a cooler-than-usual summer thus far. (I still recall the scorching July of 2006, so I’m grateful for our current cooler weather.) However, other parts of the nation have had hotter-than-normal temperatures this summer, and scientists say that, overall, the planet is heating up.
Scientists from around the world are providing even more evidence of global warming, one day after President Barack Obama renewed his call for climate legislation.
“A comprehensive review of key climate indicators confirms the world is warming and the past decade was the warmest on record,” the annual State of the Climate report declares.
Compiled by more than 300 scientists from 48 countries, the report said its analysis of 10 indicators that are “clearly and directly related to surface temperatures, all tell the same story: Global warming is undeniable.”
Concern about rising temperatures has been growing in recent years as atmospheric scientists report rising temperatures associated with greenhouse gases released into the air by industrial and other human processes. At the same time, some skeptics have questioned the conclusions.
The new report, the 20th in a series, focuses only on global warming and does not specify a cause.
“The evidence in this report would say unequivocally yes, there is no doubt,” that the Earth is warming, said Tom Karl, the transitional director of the planned NOAA Climate Service.
Deke Arndt, chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at the National Climatic Data Center, noted that the 1980s was the warmest decade up to that point, but each year in the 1990s was warmer than the ’80s average…. But each year in the 2000s has been warmer than the ’90s average, so the first 10 years of the 2000s is now the warmest decade on record.
The new report noted that continuing warming will threaten coastal cities, infrastructure, water supply, health and agriculture.
“At first glance, the amount of increase each decade — about a fifth of a degree Fahrenheit — may seem small,” the report said. “But,” it adds, “the temperature increase of about 1 degree Fahrenheit experienced during the past 50 years has already altered the planet. Glaciers and sea ice are melting, heavy rainfall is intensifying and heat waves are becoming more common and more intense.”
Last month was the warmest June on record and this year has had the warmest average temperature for January-June since record keeping began, NOAA reported last week….
So, whose word am I going to take? That of stupid white men who believe that Glenn Beck is the second coming of Christ, that Sarah Palin-Quayle is presidential material, that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, and that Faux “News” is real news – or the scientists?
The reason that the right wing denies climate change is obvious: the Repugnican Tea Party supports the ultra-rich, no matter how much they threaten the continued existence of the planet itself – to criticize oil-spill giant British Petroleum is “un-American,” you know, according to Repugnican Tea Party candidate Rand Paul — and decreasing pollution as usual cuts into short-term profits, which is all that the treasonous corporations care about.
The corporations fund the right-wing “news” “media,” pumping billions of dollars into the right-wing propaganda machine, inducing dumbfuck Americans who can’t think for themselves that global warming is some sinister plot.
(What, exactly, this sinister plot is supposed to accomplish I’m not sure. Most sinister plots have sinister goals.)
A traitor is one who betrays his or her nation (you know, like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney taking the nation to war based upon bold-faced fucking lies for the no-bid war profiteering of BushCheneyCorp subsidiary Halliburton). What do you call someone who betrays the entire fucking planet?
I’ll work on that, but in the meantime, I think that the corpses of the global-warming deniers would make a great alternative energy source. It would be a much, much better use of them than we’re witnessing now.