The Very Real Threat of Trump’s Climate Denialism
During the past few months, Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Rick Perry, Trump’s pick to head the Energy Department, and Donald Trump himself have all said that they don’t believe in climate change. The most upsetting part of their statements has been the misuse of the word believe.
Religion is a belief system. You have to believe that Moses parted the Red Sea or that Lazarus was raised from the dead. Because these phenomena violate the laws of nature, they are matters of faith.
Science, on the other hand, isn’t a belief system. It’s an evidence-based system. For example, you don’t have to believe in the theory of evolution. All you have to do is examine 250,000 years of fossil records to know that humans and apes evolved from a common ancestor. You don’t have to believe in the germ theory. All you have to do is recognize that vaccines, antibiotics, and sanitation programs have increased our lifespan by 30 years during the past century. And you don’t have to believe in the theory of gravity. All you have to do is drop your pen. None of these concepts are theories any more. They’re facts supported by evidence.
So what about climate change? Where is the evidence? To know whether climate change exists, you need to answer only one question: Have human activities increased the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the environment? The clearest answer to this question can be found in Michael Mann’s, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy (Columbia University Press, 2016). Mann, a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University, is a leader in the field.
CO2 is released into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas, all of which are derived from the remains of living organisms (hence the word fossil). Before the Industrial Revolution, scientists detected about 280 parts of CO2 per million parts of atmosphere (parts per million or ppm). Today, that figure has risen to about 400 ppm. These studies, however, only looked back over the last 200 years or so. To look further back in time, scientists have examined ice cores generated in places like the North Pole, which allowed them to determine CO2 concentrations thousands of years ago. Examination of these cores showed that we have now reached CO2 levels in the atmosphere that haven’t been seen since the dawn of human civilization (about 10,000 years ago) and probably as long as 5 million years ago.” There’s more….Be sure to read the propaganda outlined here.”….Do read further following the comment here:
(Rational American folks, that is most of the human population who can still read and write, are age 65 and older, live North of Dixie, were educated to know what the Glacier Age was….those thousands of years of countless feet glacial ice covered our Earth up here….and remained until some reliable glacial warming came along.
When the dinosaurs were running around in our Dakotas 65,000,000 years ago before the Big Blast into the Gulf of Mexico Carbon Dioxide was 100 time more dense there abouts.
Leftism and its cancer at Daily Beast have no boundaries for deceit and dishonesty. There is no interest in TRUTH….and am sorry to say, neither do the charlatans making “Hay” out of our little pinch of greater warmth we’ve enjoyed here in Minnesota since 1950. ghr
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