Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The Paris Climate Deal Is President Obama’s Biggest Accomplishment
Left behind? That's the Tea Party GOP on Climate Change -- Global Warming.
It would be comical if the subject weren't so critical.
The intransigent Tea Party GOP is isolated in its stubborn refusal to acknowledge climate change and global warming.
Idiots who trot out photos of cold winters as "proof" that there is no global warming are showing off their willful ignorance on what the rest of the world and an overwhelming majority of climate scientists and NASA know.
But those stubborn climate change deniers believe in tribalism more than they believe in facts and evidence. They actually tell themselves that they know more than NASA and other experts who've been studying this subject for years.
They'll be left behind and will be remembered in the same way as those who denied that the internal combustion engine would replace the horse and buggy:
LEFT BEHIND while the rest of the world went forward.
History is littered with examples of thought leaders who did not embrace coming technological shifts. The consequence was simple: You get left behind and become less and less relevant. [...] According to financial analysts such as Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Bernstein Research, and leading investors, it's now very obvious: Creative destruction will inevitably flow through the energy economy in the coming decade, and innovation in renewables will do to coal and oil what cars did to the horse and carriage industry, what digital cameras did to Kodak, PCs to IBM, mobile phones to fixed-line telecoms, Amazon to bookstores and Netflix to Blockbuster.
Republicans run a huge risk of being associated too closely with the old order, just as the IBM board did when it placed its faith in central mainframes. The psychology of such decision-making is well known. It arises from overconfidence in one's own position and something that psychologists refer to as confirmation bias: the tendency to gravitate toward facts that support one's existing viewpoint and ignore those that don't.
But Jay Bookman at The Atlanta Journal Constitution:
But hey, maybe all that data are mere coincidence and the Republicans are right. Maybe the governments of more than 190 countries are wrong, and the Republicans are right. Maybe the overwhelming majority of climate scientists are wrong, and the Republicans are right. Maybe the folks at ExxonMobil and BP and other major oil companies are wrong, and the Republicans are right.
Maybe earlier generations of Republicans that proposed to address the threat of manmade climate change were wrong, and the modern GOP with its cult-like insistence on ideological conformity is right. Maybe.
But I don’t want to bet the planet I leave to my children and grandchildren on that unlikely event.
Here are some global warming -- climate change myths that the Tea Party ignorants trot out each time they pretend to argue with facts:
This is just one area from an MIT study that addresses climate change. It is a detailed report on just one area of climate change -- global warming. And it is a far more intelligent approach than throwing a snowball in the U.S. Senate or publishing an image of a snow storm in winter as an argument against facts.
Biogeochemistry of Greenhouse Gases and Reflective Aerosols
Plus this (which will really make climate change -- global warming deniers' heads explode):
Al Gore's film was "broadly accurate" according to an expert witness called when an attempt was made through the courts to prevent the film being shown in schools.