Cold Canard

It’s been pretty darn cold and on cue, out comes the canard that such cold weather puts an end to debate on climate change as global warming,

The scientists should just set aside all their data and call an infamous person who touts this and ask if he’s comfortable.

“Hello, this is the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. How are you today?”

“Why thanks for calling, I’m just fine, comfortable as can be.”

“Well, sir, that’s just hunky-dory. I guess we can ignore the decaying ice sheets, rising oceans, droughts and wildfires, violent hurricanes and other crazy weather until we call again next week. Have a great day!”

The science is overwhelming that rising global average temperatures are our most serious threat.

Right now change is driven at an unprecedented sharp rate by human activity – primarily through burning of coal and oil that releases carbon into the atmosphere. Our industrial age has tripped the balance of nature in the absorption and release of carbon into Earth’s remarkable but thin atmosphere.

While, the global climate has changed over eons but that’s no cause for complacency. The past decade has been the hottest on record for Mother Earth.

The Upper Midwest of the US has been facing shuddering low temperatures this week due to disruption of the polar vortex (Jetstream). Climate change science predicts such disruptions will be more common as Earth further warms.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the globe, Australia, faces abnormally high, even deadly, temperatures. Remember when you studied averages in grade school?  

Time to act is now. Call your Representatives and Senators at 202-224-3121 to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763), reintroduced in the 2019 Congress. This bill signals bipartisan recognition of the need for robust climate policy. Putting a price on carbon where practiced has been shown to effect sharp reductions in carbon emissions. We need this on a national and global scale.

Jack Shipley

Planting flowers

“Why so optimistic about 2019? Everything is so messed up?

“I think it will bring flowers.”

“Yes? Flowers? Why?”

“Because I’m planting flowers.”

Cartoon on the Facebook page, Limping to Jerusalem

While a generation of environmental progress followed the first Earth Day in 1970, bringing cleaner air and water did we Boomers succeed with the environmental movement?

No, not yet. Today’s deregulatory zeal – rolling back regulations on mercury pollution – makes it seem that cleaning our environment is too inconvenient. Is addressing the reality of human caused climate change just likewise too much bother, despite the dire warnings of the Fourth National Climate Assessment?

Oh, here a lot of people will pitch in with denial since they’re smarter than the scientists or the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Institute, NASA, the Pentagon and even the Vatican. They should read why former climate skeptic Richard Muller, professor of physics at UC-Berkeley, changed his tune to full-voiced support of the climate movement. They should read why the Heritage Foundation’s lead denialist changed sides and now leads the Niskanen Foundation’s efforts to address climate change.

They should but I doubt they will do anything but pen a few smug comments.

As for me, I’m calling political leaders and, as our recent election showed, such efforts by hundreds of thousands of Americans are creating the political will to save a livable planet. The House is moving forward.

You can read about Muller here:
https://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/opinion/the-conversion-of-a-climate-change-skeptic.html

The conservative Niskanen Center’s climate section is here: https://niskanencenter.org/blog/policies/climate/

Jack Shipley