Who is the most stupid member of Congress?

  Of course, the answer to the question in the headline above does not come easily. There are lots of dimwits in Congress, and there always has been. It’s hard to say which of them has been the dumbest. But I became convinced years ago that Sen. James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican and perhaps the leading global-warming skeptic in all of Washington, ranks among the most thick-headed lawmakers we’ve ever had.. Do you remember the so-called Climategate scandal of 2009? Most people have long since forgotten it, but it was a big...

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What will global-warming deniers say about this?

One of the advantages of believing in the scientific consensus regarding global warming and climate change is that you’re easily and often amused by the silly arguments advanced by folks who say the consensus is wrong. Take, for example, the big news reported just hours ago in The New York Times: A chunk of floating ice that weighs more than a trillion metric tons broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula, producing one of the largest icebergs ever recorded and providing a glimpse of how the Antarctic ice sheet might ultimately start to...

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There really isn’t much of a debate about global warming

  For the nine years of its existence, this blog has represented itself as a slant on politics in general. But climate change and global warming have become favorite subjects of mine, especially because they so often reveal the mulishness of Republicans. Indeed, I spend almost as much of my time reading about climate matters as I do about any other political issue. One peculiar thing about the so-called debate over global warming is that the dissension is mostly among folks who have nothing directly  to do with climate science. In that...

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Here’s a tired old myth about climate change

  In an article about Donald Trump I was reading the other day, there was a comment from some gullible fool to the effect that the scientific community was warning just a few decades ago that global cooling is more imminent than global warming. His gist was that the fuss over climate change is mostly nonsense since lots of the so-called experts have quickly changed their minds or were never of one opinion on the matter to begin with. There are other global-warming deniers who have delighted for years now in peddling the myth that...

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Global warming is stoppable — but not reversible

  Several  U.S. government agencies are reporting this week that July of 2016 — last month — was the hottest month on record since at least 1880. That makes 10 consecutive months of unparalleled global warming. One might argue, as more than a few scientists do, that the situation is a factor in the current flooding in the American South and forest fires in the American West, as well as other problems around the globe. It also raises questions addressed not long ago by Andy Skuce, a retired Canadian geoscience consultant,...

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