Check out this League of Conservation Voters video about Republican candidates in the 2010 election who deny global warming
September 21, 2010
September 8, 2010
The League of Conservation Voters President sent and excellent memo out to media yesterday about how many Republican Senate candidates deny the science of global warming, and if elected will undermine our efforts to transition to clean energy and address greenhouse gas emissions. See below
The failure of the U.S. Senate to act on a comprehensive climate change and clean energy bill before the August recess makes it highly unlikely that such legislation will pass this year – which only serves to underscore the importance of the make-up of the U.S. Senate following this November’s midterm elections.
Unfortunately, a disturbing trend has emerged this year among the Republican Senate candidates running as challengers or in open seat races: a refusal to accept the sound and settled science that man-made carbon pollution is causing the planet to warm. Simply put, these candidates are full-fledged global warming deniers. If they win, the number of card-carrying members of this “Flat Earth Society” will rise exponentially in the world’s greatest deliberative body.
To be clear, despite an orchestrated misinformation campaign – funded in large part by the oil industry and other corporate polluters – independent scientific bodies across the world have found that climate change is unequivocal and driven largely by human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels and the clearing of forests. Worse yet, the impacts are occurring far faster than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projected in its comprehensive 2007 report. Arctic sea ice is melting faster than anticipated. We just witnessed the hottest decade, hottest year, and hottest 6 months in the history of recorded temperature. The devastating floods in Pakistan and the forest fires in Russia are yet the latest reminders of the deadly impact of a warming world.
Yet most of the Republican candidates looking to join the U.S. Senate have taken positions on climate change that are decidedly outside of the mainstream. A few samplings are included below:
Wisconsin: Ron Johnson
“I absolutely do not believe that the science of man-caused climate change is proven. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I think it’s far more likely that it’s just sunspot activity, or something just in the geologic eons of time where we have changes in the climate.” (8/19/10)
New Hampshire: All Republican Senate Candidates
It was symbolic when the six Republican candidates for U.S. Senate stood up together side-by-side during a debate Wednesday. It resembled their positions on major issues. … All said man-made global warming hasn’t been proven. (8/18/10)
Alaska: Joe Miller
“We haven’t heard there’s man-made global warming.” (8/10)
Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey
“There is much debate in the scientific community as to the precise sources of global warming.”
Nevada: Sharon Angle
“I don’t, however, buy into the whole … man-caused global warming, man-caused climate change mantra of the left. I believe that there’s not sound science to back that up.” (5/26/10)
California: Carly Fiorina
(Asked “Is climate change real?”) “I’m not sure. I think we should have the confidence and courage to test the science.” (3/18/10)
Colorado: Ken Buck
“I’ll tell you, I have looked at global warming, now climate change, from both sides. While I think the earth is warming, I don’t think that man-made causes are the primary factor. I am one of those people that Al Gore refers to as a skeptic.”(3/10)
Florida: Marco Rubio
“I don’t think there’s the scientific evidence to justify [climate change].” (2/13/10)
Kentucky: Rand Paul
“…[climate change] may or may not be true, but they’re making up their facts to fit their conclusions.” (2/10)
Missouri: Roy Blunt
“There isn’t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth.” (4/29/09)
December 5, 2009
I made a post last week about the illegally hacked e-mails from Britain’s climate data centre. News broke yesterday that there has now been an attempt to hack Canada’s centre. It looks like the deniers are getting desperate with a deal at Copenhagen within grasp.
“On the heels of the controversial story aboutemails and data stolen by hackers from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, it has now been revealed that individuals posing as network technicians recently attempted to infiltrate another climate data center operated by the Government of Canada.
According to sources at the University of Victoria, two people claiming to be network computer technicians presented themselves at the headquarters of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis and tried to gain access to the data servers.
When challenged by an employee, the two individuals hastily left. The timing of this attempted break-in is very suspicious given that it occurred so closely on the heels of the release of hacked emails and data from a similar facility housed at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the UK.”
July 29, 2009
For those who don’t know, Watts is a very popular blogger on WordPress who runs a global warming denial site. When a video was posted on youtube which exposes Watts as a fraud, he made copyright infringment threats and youtube took it down. Now it’s back up. Fail.
April 24, 2009
I’ve made posts before about the resounding scientific consensus surrounding man-made climate change. It turns out, so have the scientists hired by dirty industries 14 years ago.
So to give a summary of this disgraceful revelation, the pollutioning industries formed an organization called the Global Climate Coailtion 14 years ago to prevent congressional action on global warming. Unfortunately, when the coalition’s own hired scientists came back and said that man-made global warming was a fact, they buried the report. Then they went and sounded off for years and years about the scientific uncertainty over man-made global warming. Big surprise(not), but the memo has finally been unearthed. The American people have been swindled by this disinformation campaign for over a decade, and far too many are still falling for it today. Notable excerpts below..
““The role of greenhouse gases in climate change is not well understood,” the coalition said in a scientific “backgrounder” provided to lawmakers and journalists through the early 1990s, adding that “scientists differ” on the issue.”
“But a document filed in a federal lawsuit demonstrates that even as the coalition worked to sway opinion, its own scientific and technical experts were advising that the science backing the role of greenhouse gases in global warming could not be refuted. “The scientific basis for the Greenhouse Effect and the potential impact of human emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 on climate is well established and cannot be denied,” the experts wrote in an internal report compiled for the coalition in 1995.”
“Throughout the 1990s, when the coalition conducted a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign challenging the merits of an international agreement, policy makers and pundits were fiercely debating whether humans could dangerously warm the planet. Today, with general agreement on the basics of warming, the debate has largely moved on to the question of how extensively to respond to rising temperatures.”
“Benjamin D. Santer, a climate scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratorywhose work for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was challenged by the Global Climate Coalition and allied groups, said the coalition was “engaging in a full-court press at the time, trying to cast doubt on the bottom-line conclusion of the I.P.C.C.” That panel concluded in 1995 that “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate.”
“I’m amazed and astonished,” Dr. Santer said, “that the Global Climate Coalition had in their possession scientific information that substantiated our cautious findings and then chose to suppress that information.”