Monday, March 11, 2013

Global Warming is "epic"

Today is a cold day in the Illinois-Indiana area.

Not unusual.  Especially for this time of March, just on the cusp of spring.  Not to worry.  Global warming will soon provide all the warmth any of us could ever need.

For Global Warming is "epic."  At least that is what this CNN article about the findings of Climatologist Shaun Marcott reports.  One hundred years ago, our world experienced one of the coldest decades ever.  By contrast, the decade of 2000-2009 was the hottest in over 11,000 years. Marcott cites research that says this sort of rise in temperature has never been seen before present times. 

" "If any period in time had a sustained temperature change similar to what we have today, we would have certainly seen that in our record," he said. It is a good indicator of just how fast man-made climate change has progressed.  "

If not for humanity's influence, the report on the data reads, the world would be much cooler right now.

But this sort of reporting is simply "sensationalist fear mongering" as one commenter on io9 greeted the news.  Then I'll check that out at the next meeting for "sensationalist fear mongers."  Because of course we can't possibly have any records of temperature going back 4,000 years.  We can't drill ice cores, check cave formations, or study coral reefs.  More to the idiotic point, the fact that we have been pumping greenhouse gas into the atmosphere nigh incessantly since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution has nothing to do with the change.  Glad we got that cleared up.  Now I feel better about our shilly-shally over reducing carbon emissions.

This is not to say that there are not natural forces at work beyond our control.  Climate can and does change over the eons as does the behavior of the Sun.  But not like this.  And not so dramatically and consistently over the years.

I wish climate change would only harm the SUV-driving GOPpers.  Sadly, it won't.

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