Global Warming: Man or Myth?

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Congress on wrong side of history in denying climate change

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Reposted from The Hill and written by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and John Abraham:

Right now in our hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota, we are preparing for what might possibly be record-breaking floods due to winter’s heavy snowfall and the threat of heavier spring downpours. Minnesota has already experienced two 100-year floods in the Red River Valley within the past 13 years. Local doctors report an increase in cases of children with asthma and other respiratory conditions. Lake Superior has seen record low water levels in recent years, threatening not only drinking water supplies but the Duluth-Superior port that receives more than 1,200 ships and 48 million tons of cargo.

All of these public health, economic, and environmental trends have been strongly linked to climate change. Multiple studies have shown that 97 percent of the most qualified climate scientists are in agreement that humans are causing the planet to warm. If this was an illness, and 97 percent of doctors recommended a certain treatment, we would take appropriate action.

Instead, the majority party in the House of Representatives is choosing to willfully defy the diagnosis and overturn established science by voting on a bill (H.R. 910) that will gut the Clean Air Act and prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from ever protecting the American people from the disastrous impacts of climate change.

During the committee markup of H.R. 910, not a single Republican voted to even acknowledge the validity of EPA’s scientific finding that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal,” caused by human activities, and a threat to public health. The rejection of those amendments is shocking to scientists who understand the serious risks Americans face from global climate change.

This places the climate deniers on the same side as those fringe extremists who denied the harmful impacts of cigarette smoking and DDT, and the causes of acid rain and ozone depletion. Proponents of H.R. 910 are denying science and dangerously on the wrong side of history.

We believe now is the time to confront climate change. If we act wisely, we can simultaneously protect the environment, create jobs, diversify our energy supplies, and improve national security.

A recent report by Pew Environment Group shows the U.S. has now fallen to number three behind China and Germany for clean energy private investment. Passage of H.R. 910 will guarantee America loses out on the jobs of the future by obstructing efforts to build the new clean energy economy. It will deepen America’s dependence on dirty coal and imported oil instead of creating American jobs through investments in renewable resources and energy efficiency.

Our country must turn the problems presented by climate change into an opportunity. Instead of devoting its time to discrediting scientists and undermining the EPA, Congress should put more faith in the genius of the American spirit to protect our environment and human health while creating economic growth. With the right clean energy incentives and framework, we believe America can out-innovate and out-build anyone in the world. The proponents of H.R. 910 not only deny climate change, they undermine America’s ability to find solutions that benefit consumers, workers and the environment.

Every single member of Congress has a choice: deny the science of climate change or take real steps to confront a changing climate. Congress must accept scientific reality and act on climate change.

Rep. Betty McCollum (D) represents Minnesota’s fourth congressional district. She serves on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees. Professor John Abraham is an associate professor of thermal sciences at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Written by Scott Mandia

April 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

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  1. “Multiple studies have shown that 97 percent of the most qualified climate scientists are in agreement that humans are causing the planet to warm.”

    Um it’s pretty well known now that the 97% claim that is repeated over and over by those who try to deceive was shown to be just one study actually, where only 79 climatologists responded to the questionnaire and of those 76 answered in the affirmative. That’s right, 76 out of 79. Those who continue to regurgitate this now deceptive claim, do their own credibility much harm.

    cheers

    klem

    April 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    • Look at the new(ish) paper by Schneider et al, they confirm the 97-98% figure with a much larger sample size

      climatesight

      April 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    • Klem,

      Climate change is the perhaps the most widely and publicly studied issue in science and the link between humans and climate change is as well-established as the link between smoking and lung cancer. Every international body of science agrees. Here is what the US National Academy of Sciences states:

      United States National Academy of Sciences (2010)

      “A strong, credible body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems…. Some scientific conclusions or theories have been so thoroughly examined and tested, and supported by so many independent observations and results, that their likelihood of subsequently being found to be wrong is vanishingly small. Such conclusions and theories are then regarded as settled facts. This is the case for the conclusions that the Earth system is warming and that much of this warming is very likely due to human activities.”

      Scott A Mandia

      April 7, 2011 at 5:13 am

  2. Sample size doesn’t affect climate change. It’s astonishing to me that anyone would try to deny climate change by contesting the size of the consensus of scientists that it occurs.

    Why not ask the plant zones? Plants, as you may be aware, cannot be persuaded by Al Gore’s movie, nor by Anthony Watts’s denialist screeds. How are America’s plants responding over the past 15, 30, or 100 years?

    See here:

    http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/desperation-shows-in-the-anti-warming-camp/

    And here:

    http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/waiting-for-the-new-president-doctoring-data-on-global-warming/

    Ed Darrell

    April 30, 2011 at 2:34 am

    • “How are America’s plants responding over the past 15, 30, or 100 years?”

      Exactly right, plant zones have always changed, they change today and they will continue to change in the future. Your links support this nicely.

      Um I hate to say this but Anthony Watts would agree with you here. You’re a denialist and you aren’t even aware of it. Cheers.

      klem

      June 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      • Yeah, plant zones been changing since 1900 — always warming. Most scientists recognize trends. No one has argued they were ever stuck — they’ve been changing, but not changing back and forth. They show warming.

        Ask not for whom the denialist denies — you has met the denialist, and he is you.

        Ed Darrell

        June 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      • Oh, so I guess I win. Thanks Ed.

        Cheers

        klem

        August 19, 2011 at 8:52 am


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