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The GOP is Dead Wrong on Human Caused Global Warming -- What Else?

Denying global warming is now an untenable position. Yet one of our major political parties continues to cling to this obviously wrong position. What else are they wrong about?

Denying global warming is now an untenable position. To claim otherwise would be akin to denying gravity.  

Denying human's influence on the climate is similarly untenable -- although certain politicians, particularly those on one side of the aisle, will continue to cling to this absurd claim.

Why is it absurd?  Somehow they claim that virtually every scientific organization in the world, including the NASA -- which seems to know their physics pretty well, is somehow wrong about what is the most studied scientific topic in the history of science. Like NASA doesn’t understand science.

It would also be to reject the known laws of physics. They may as well reject the laws of gravity.

CO2 is a greenhouse gas; we know this beyond any measure of doubt. If it were not, we would not be here. Life as we know it simply would not exist if C02 was not warming the earth to a temperature that sustains life.

C02 in the atmosphere has gone sky high -- literally, since the industrial revolution began. 

Man took CO2 from the ground (oil, coal, gas), burned it, and now it is in the atmosphere, where it has made the "blanket" of CO2 much thicker than it has been since mankind has existed on earth.

And here we are, in the middle of the worst drought and heat wave in recent history after years and years of increasingly hostile weather conditions. 

It's not just this year. It's year after year after year of weather "weirding".

No one reading that has been around more than a few decades can deny the truthfulness of this claim - which is also supported with massive amounts of hard data.

And all the evidence says that the heat and weather events are going to continue to get worse.

Yet the politicians continue to say "it's not man" or "we'll adapt!"

All of these claims are simply absurd.  Tell the farmers losing corn that they will adapt - or those that lost their homes in Colorado, or New Mexico or Arizona. Tell the hundred plus people that died from the heat wave that they will "adapt". 

Adaptation occurs over hundreds or thousands of years, not overnight. 

It's not man. 

To say "it's not man" is the scientific equivalent of saying that the earth is flat. It would oppose the known laws of physics.

So are they, the politicians that reject AGW, deliberately lying to us?

I don't think they are deliberately lying. Misleading us perhaps, but lie, no, I don’t think so.

I do think they believe things that are not true, which is an easy thing to do when you seek to prove yourself right instead of seeking the truth, especially when that truth contradicts your deeply held beliefs – and the beliefs of your “team”.

All you have to do is surround yourself with sources that affirm your belief - like  "trusted" media sources, well funded industry experts that support the "company line" and other people who tell you what you want to hear.

It's great for affirming your belief - not so great for getting at the truth. 

So here’s the logical question one might ask themselves: 

If your favorite politicians misled you about a critically important topic, a topic which is likely the greatest challenge mankind will ever face (how can it not be?), what else did they mislead you on? 

Again, perhaps the misleading was not “intentional”, but so what? Wrong is wrong, regardless of intent.

As someone who looks pretty objectively at these things, I would suggest that the same lack of critical thinking skills that led them to their misguided and wrong views on human caused global warming are used on all topics that they consider – all of them.

I’m not going to go into policy by policy assessment here as that is beyond the scope of this blog, however, just to pick one, “cutting spending”, including government spending, is about the worst thing we could do in a weak economy - unless of course you think unemployment is a good thing (well unemployment does cut CO2 emissions, so maybe there is a silver lining).

Now we are up to two major issues in which one of our political parties is misleading us -- how many more? 

The answer to that question is for you to decide, but you can only do so if you don’t fall into the same trap that they did.

Don’t try to prove yourself “right”, instead, seek truth; after all, truth is important isn’t it?

Good luck

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Gina Veesaert July 27, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Oh, my word! I just went to look that up. Are we sure this "flat earth society" isn't some sort of joke? That can't really be... well, real?
Gina Veesaert July 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Larry, I misread his post. I thought he was referencing those who still argue that the earth is flat.
Gina Veesaert July 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Part 1 Okay, I've gone through the sites you both listed and I am seeing no reason to change my position that man is neither wholely responsible for global warming, nor can stop global warming altogether. In researching further, I even found a NASA article from late last year that states: "Thus, although the current global warming graphs (Figs. 2, 3 and the upper part of Fig. 7) are suggestive of a slowdown in global warming, this apparent slowdown may largely disappear as a few more years of data are added. In particular we need to see how high global temperature rises in response to the next El Niño, and we also need to consider the effect of the 10-12 year cycle of solar irradiance. This raises the question of when the next El Niño will occur and the status of the solar cycle." http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/2011/ "May... need to see... question of when..." Sounds to me like even NASA is waiting to see what happens next to see if the current theories are correct or not, as are we all.
Gina Veesaert July 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Part 2 Which is my point. Until the experts can better understand and predict El Ninos and La Ninas, the effect of our sun's cycles on our climate and the planet's own efforts to keep its natural balance against anything we do or don't do, we can't expect them to be able to predict anything with any certainty. As long as the politicians and media, both left and right, keep pushing the scientists for answers and taking every little thing the scientists do release out of context or blowing them out of proportion, as they did with Mr. Emmanuel (thanks to Scott for the link: great interview!), I have difficulty hopping on the 'man is responsible for global warming' bandwagon.
Anna-Maria Mueller August 22, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I too thank Scott for the link to the Kerry Emanuel (Conservative for Climate Science) interview. Yes, great interview. The guy is thoughtful and articulate. If his views and attitude were representative of that of the Republican Party I'd vote republican in a heartbeat (ignoring for a moment some other disagreements I may have ...LOL). But as it is, the GOP of today appears to embody pretty much the opposite, which is why it is beyond me how anybody in their right mind can support them. Gina, you too think that the interview was great and yet you consider man-made global warming a mere “bandwagon”. You may want to follow what Kerry Emanuel has to say more closely, among many other things also the point he makes about uncertainty, risk and insurance policies.

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