Conspiracy theories hamper the fight against climate change

Most of us who pay more than passing attention to the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming are aware of the right-wing conspiracy theories that the whole thing is a massive hoax aimed at…well, aimed at something bad. The theories vary on the objectives of the hoaxsters. I used to think that these conspiracy theories would fade away in fairly short order in light of the extent to which climate scientists agree that global warming poses a very real threat. But I’m beginning to think I was quite wrong. The problem is...

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Poll shows that conservative Republicans have heads in the sand regarding global warming

Most Americans are concerned that the effects of global warming will become manifest in their lifetimes, if they haven’t already. But there’s one segment of the population that doesn’t share such concerns. Can you guess who those people are? The Gallup organization has the answer HERE: While notable majorities of all other political party/ideology groups say the effects of global warming will happen within their lifetime, fewer than four in 10 conservative Republicans (37%) agree, a sign of that political identity’s...

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Most Americans see global warming as a threat to future generations but not to themselves

Researchers at Yale and Utah State universities have unveiled a statistical technique that allows them to measure Americans’ attitudes about global warming even down to local levels. This effort shows, for example, that majorities in 99 percent of the nation’s 3,143 counties agree that global warming is happening. But most folks in nearly 80 percent of counties say they aren’t convinced that “human activities” are the principal cause of  the  warming. To me, the most interesting findings were THESE: Residents of...

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The first three months of this year were among the hottest on record

If I have to remind you that the weather where you live is not necessarily an indication of conditions around the globe, I probably should also tell you that you needn’t bother reading this post. You’ll only find that it’s way over your head. For the rest of you, HERE‘s the deal: NASA reported Tuesday that this was the hottest three-month start (January to March) of any year on record. This was the third warmest March on record in NASA’s dataset (and the first warmest in the dataset of the Japan Meteorological Agency)....

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Add Galileo’s controversies to the list of stuff about which Ted Cruz knows nothing

Just as I was getting a little bored with mocking Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, another irresistibly delicious angle has come to my attention. In an interview yesterday with a Texas newspaper, Cruz haughtily likened his own global-warming denialism with the courage of Galileo Galilei (above), the legendary Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher. Cruz said: “Today the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. You know, it used to be it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth...

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