Sunday, December 4, 2011

Two Different Planets

I mean of course, the one we live on and the one where Republicans live.

On our planet, one of the few major anti-global warming figures got a grant from the Koch brothers to debunk all the previous global warming data, and ended up announcing that the previous studies were all true.  On our planet:

"Alas, a favorite climate change denial trope is on its deathbed. Specifically, the claim that modern polar ice sheets formed during a period of rising carbon dioxide. New analysis of CO2 levels from the time, about 33 million years ago, show the greenhouse gas dropping sharply and the ice caps forming right alongside"

And on our planet:

"NOAA: Arctic worse than in 2005...The report, written by 121 scientists from around the world, said statistics point to a shift in the Arctic health in 2006. That was right before 2007, when a mix of weather conditions and changing climate led to a record loss of sea ice, from which the region has never recovered. This summer's sea ice melt was the second worst on record, a tad behind 2007."

Not so in the galaxy that the Republicans have transported themselves to.  Remember "Climategate," the cache of stolen e-mails from a university in East Anglia that Republicans claimed somehow proved that every climate scientist in the world was involved in some gigantic, purposeless conspiracy?  Well, this wingnut pseudoscandal resulted in the massive waste of time of seven (yes, seven) scientific, academic reviews of their ludicrous claims, every single one of which found the claims to be patently false.

But now we have Climategate 2!  The right wingers have gone through these e-mails again, and are again falsely claiming to have found evidence that global warming is a scientific conspiracy.  Of course, remember that these are second-string e-mails that proved nothing the first go-around.  But there's no stopping them.  Here is a small, and I mean small, sample of the sort of edifying information conservatives are reading the last few days:

"Ed Driscoll, PJ Media:  "‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Climate Apocalypse’...ClimateGate and the global financial meltdown are making the doomsday religious cult of global warming look awfully cartoon-like. "

Climategate having been rejected as a right wing lie by sane people, but still...

Washington Times:  "The latest release of 5,000 emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) reconfirms what the 2009’s “Climategate” files established: Global warming is more fiction than science."

What 2009's Climategate established is that there is no end to the lies that right wingers will tell when they get paid to.

Big Government:  "Breaking news: two years after the Climategate, a further batch of emails has been leaked onto the internet by a person – or persons – unknown. And as before, they show the “scientists” at the heart of the Man-Made Global Warming industry in a most unflattering light. Michael Mann, Phil Jones, Ben Santer, Tom Wigley, Kevin Trenberth, Keith Briffa – all your favourite Climategate characters are here, once again caught red-handed in a series of emails exaggerating the extent of Anthropogenic Global Warming"

"Once Again" caught in nothing but doing their job.   And these right wing commenters are hard at work at their job too- lying their asses off.

Forbes Magazine:  "A new release of incriminating e-mail exchanges between leading climate scientists that is now being termed “Climategate II” actually represents but another episode in a continuing scandal that has been taking place for decades. This fraud of massive scope and consequence has served as the basis for arguably the greatest regulatory overreach of all time...“

Believe me, I could have provided you with another hundred things like this. If you really want to see how blatantly dishonest this stuff is, I suggest you try this article at Discover Magazine.

Do I need to add that there is absolutely no chance of ever dealing with any of the problems facing our country, even something as clear-cut as the danger of global warming, as long as the fantastically rich are allowed to raise a population on their lies?

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