NASA’s James Hansen writing in the WaPo:

When I testified before the Senate in the hot summer of 1988, I warned of the kind of future that climate change would bring to us and our planet. I painted a grim picture of the consequences of steadily increasing temperatures, driven by mankind’s use of fossil fuels.

But I have a confession to make: I was too optimistic. …

In a new analysis of the past six decades of global temperatures, which will be published Monday, my colleagues and I have revealed a stunning increase in the frequency of extremely hot summers, with deeply troubling ramifications for not only our future but also for our present.

This is not a climate model or a prediction but actual observations of weather events and temperatures that have happened. Our analysis shows that it is no longer enough to say that global warming will increase the likelihood of extreme weather and to repeat the caveat that no individual weather event can be directly linked to climate change. To the contrary, our analysis shows that, for the extreme hot weather of the recent past, there is virtually no explanation other than climate change.

JOE WINDISH, Technology Editor
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WesleyV
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WesleyV
4 years 1 month ago

But no one is more capable of denying global warming than Republicans, and that is just what they will do. Deny, deny, and deny.

The_Ohioan
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The_Ohioan
4 years 1 month ago

But if it was that hot, God would bring the dinosaurs back. I haven’t seen any, so this must just be a fluke.

And besides, global warming is a dirty, pinko, communist plot, because:

“There is a reason that the upcoming Earth Day, April 22nd, falls on the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, the former Soviet Union’s first dictator. Everything associated with the environmental movement has communism as its basis.”

http://www.frugal-cafe.com/public_html/frugal-blog/frugal-cafe-blogzone/2012/04/21/my-sorta-kinda-tribute-to-earth-day-the-great-sustainability-lie-of-global-warming-its-doomsday-fallacies-failures/

zephyr
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zephyr
4 years 1 month ago

The saddest thing about this (other than the utterly partisan based and ignorance based denial) is the unlikelyhood of us mustering the necessary right stuff as a species to do much about it.

labman57
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labman57
4 years 1 month ago

The evidence — compelling.

The damage — substantial.

The right wing response — “So?”

hyperflow
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hyperflow
4 years 1 month ago

The GOP position is only logical if you accept the notion that the challenge is too large to sustain a 1st world economy. Assuming — of course — that a first world economy today is more important than an hostile environment tomorrow

Barky
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4 years 1 month ago

We’ve passed the tipping point. There is nothing we can do now. The freight train is hurtling to our doom. We cannot stop the climate train freight train now, even if we reverted back to a pre-industrial economy tomorrow.

The Right has done their job: instigated enough delay that it no longer matters. May as well continue with the way we are going until the oil is gone, we’re doomed anyway.

rudi
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rudi
4 years 1 month ago

The industrial West are gluttonous pigs. We colonized Africa and South American to exploit its people and resources.

The big problem with global warming will be to food supply. Look at the drought throughout the US. Add to this a water shortage, peak oil and a phosphate shortage. We will not be able to feed the runaway population. Starvation is worse than Mitten’s losing an ocean side home to rising oceans.

hyperflow
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hyperflow
4 years 1 month ago

We’ve passed the tipping point. There is nothing we can do now

That is like saying you shouldn’t quit smoking because you already have COPD. We need to quit smoking.

StockBoyLA
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StockBoyLA
4 years 1 month ago

“God would bring the dinosaurs back.”

Actually if we destroy ourselves by creating an environment so hostile that Earth can no longer support life, then we will be the dinosaurs when the next intelligent species arise in a few million years and excavate our fossilized graves.

So I guess you can say that the dinosaurs are already here.

The_Ohioan
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The_Ohioan
4 years 1 month ago

Stockboy

How about the dirty, pinko, commies? :-)

zephyr
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zephyr
4 years 1 month ago

Right you are hyperflow. Giving up is not an option… and giving in to the idiots who refuse to get it (regardless of how powerful they may be) is not an option either.

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
4 years 1 month ago

Barky is right. We are waaaaay past the tipping point. I have been saying that here for a while now. That does not mean that we should do nothing. It just means that we need to start preparing for the consequences of our actions. It is going to get really ugly over the next couple of decades.

slamfu
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slamfu
4 years 1 month ago

That’s the nice thing about Climate Change. Its not some hypothetical bet about something like who would win in a boxing match, Joe Louis or Mike Tyson. If we just wait long enough we will plainly see who was right and who wasn’t. And so far it looks like it wasn’t the deniers. I’m sure another decade or so of crazy weather will bring the rest about.

petew
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petew
4 years 1 month ago
.. I haven’t even heard the extreme religious right claim that God would bring the dinosaurs back if the climate was really warming–that’s a good one! All joking aside, we have created a climate catastrophe that there is nothing to laugh about! Big oil and coal have done their jobs well and have convinced the pubic that global warming is a hoax in the only way possible–by denying all the evidence and claiming that it is a conspiracy. Special interests have also capitalized on the general lack of scientific knowledge that the public doesn’t have–despite the fact that our textbooks… Read more »
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