Sunday, June 1, 2014
Sunday Science: Weather vs. Climate Change
Neil deGrasse Tyson:
Via Darrell Lucus:
On Thursday, I mentioned that House Speaker John Boehner made a startling admission — even though he opposes proposed rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions at existing power plants, “I’m not qualified to debate the science over climate change.”
Think Progress’ Emily Atkin had a chat with several climate scientists and their reaction was unanimous — Boehner’s statement was ignorant and irresponsible.
When Don Wuebbles, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Illinois, heard about Boehner’s comments, his response was blunt: “Personally, I don’t think it proper for any American to use that argument.”
Wuebbles said that the NCA was specifically written so that Boehner and his colleagues in Congress could understand the effects of climate change. To his mind, Boehner has no excuse to duck from an issue that should be “readily understood” by any lawmaker.
Michael Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, was equally aghast at Boehner’s remarks. “What if we asked, ‘Senator: do you advocate drinking toxic sludge?’ Or, ‘Senator: is jumping off the north rim of the Grand Canyon safe?’ or ‘Senator: should I place my head in the jaws of this lion?’ Would the response still be ‘I don’t know, I’m not a scientist?’”