2012 was the warmest year on record! The exclamation point is absolutely spot on too. The Chicago Tribune weather page informs us, after all, that the aforementioned record goes back to 1895. 117 years. That's a significant amount of time, any way you look at it. Even a Republican would have to admit.
So global warming, anyone? Or its doppelganger, climate change? The fact is the average temperature in the U.S. last year was 55.3 degrees. A whopping 3.2 degrees above the average temperature of the entire 20th century. And 2012 broke the previous record(1998) by one whole degree.
Of course, Republican diehards and deniers(perhaps a majority) will hem and haw about the stats. They will say that we don't have a long enough perspective to reach a hard and fast conclusion. That the data is insufficient or even manipulated. That the science itself is flawed. That a consensus of scientific opinion is lacking. Remember, these are the guys who insist that creationism be part of the science curriculum. On an equal footing with evolution. Who believe that humans may have potty-trained dinosaurs. Who use the Book of Genesis for a geology text (the Earth is a few millenia old).
Yes, there's method to the Republican reactionary madness. Once climate change is conceded, government policy has to align itself with it Which means we must stop extracting fossil fuels and depleting our natural resources. Stop polluting the oceans of air and water. Stop the destructive degrading, exploiting and raping of Gaia, our Mother Earth . Now, that would demonstrate that we are the intelligent species we aspire to be.
We must , without reservation, accept scientific progress and the Enlightenment, and once and for all, reject and renounce ignorance and superstition. Before we irretrievably make this earth uninhabitable, time has come to end the heated debate about climate change. And do something about our over-heated planetary home.
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