Isn't It Time for a Paradigm Shift in the Republican View of Science

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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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  • Other than this section of the country being dry, I enjoy the warmer weather and lack of snow. Somehow 20 below was not the good old days, although old days.

    The other question is if even we cut back (and there are indications that we are), how do we get India, China and every other underdeveloped country renounce their claimed right to pollute as much as they want to catch up with us?

  • In reply to jack:

    If nothing else we have to lead by example. China and India, I hope, will see that not dealing with climate change will only result in more natural disasters.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    But there, annihilating a few million people is small change. On the other hand, shipping out lead filled toys and sulfur laded drywall is money.

  • Just when I think that this blog can actually be interesting, you turn into a bigoted old fool. How many Christians do you know that take the Bible literally?
    We have to lead by example? What about 16.5 trillion in debt and paying children to have children, while letting bankers destroy our higher education? Where's the prosecutions for the housing scandal? Go look up what's happening to the FHA and the new 'rebound' housing buyers. Should we lead by those examples?

    There may be global warming, but as a teacher would you tell a student that 117 years on a 4.5 billion year old planet is a reliable observation. And there better not be a plastic bag in your house or a SUV in your drive way Mr. Buddha.

    Believe me, if demagogues like Obama don't stop buying votes with debt, this country won't be around long enough to care about global warming. I think I'm going to go throw up.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    4zen: I thought you were all about love. What happened?

  • In reply to jack:

    Et tu, Brute?

  • Thanks, 4zen, for your spirited remarks. I do plead guilty to "old". But "bigoted"? I object, your honor.

    The blog is limited to climate change. So some of your remarks are off topic. But there are many Evangelicals and conservative Christiians who do interpret the Bible literally. Some them are even serving in Congress.

    I'm happy to see that you are not one of them. The number 4.5 billion is not relevant here. Man has only been around for about 2 million years. And the industrial age is only a little over 200 years old. So 117 years is a fairly significant length of time to observe how the burning of fossil fuels has affected the biosphere.

    I would disagree strenuously about who is politicizing the debt, and why we have it---have you forgotten the cost of our military?

    And I do hope you're not coming down with the flu. Medical insurance is so expensive these days.

  • Those are pretty shaky answers, sir. I can see the Republican war machine and it's horrors and I can see the this Democrat demagogue running our country and teaching nihilistic values to our youth. In my opinion, the enemy within is always more dangerous than the one on the outside. My point is you can only see half the equation. You shirk your shadow off to the narrowest of Christian and Republican ideology, almost as your hoping for a kick in the seat. The problem is corruption, of all ideas, any method, and no one is held accountable, but you only point to the before mentioned, allowing for the 'fox in the hen house'. You still didn't say if you use plastic or drive a SUV. And yes! I have the damn flu!

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Well, I don't. I guess that the government didn't compel you to get vaccinated.

    And, based on how the news puts it, do you have the "flu" or "flu like symptoms?" Inquiring minds want to know.

  • In reply to jack:

    I went for my check up and forgot...after being accosted by 'Dr. Jelly Finger' all I could think about was running out of there and joining a support group. What ever it's called, it's about beat.

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