President Obama has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change. After successfully passing his green stimulus package, he did nothing to defend it when Congress decimated its funding....Without presidential leadership that focuses intensely on making the public aware of the reality we face, nothing will change.
Many political advisers assume that a president has to deal with the world of politics as he finds it, and that it is unwise to risk political capital on an effort to actually lead the country toward a new understanding of the real threats and real opportunities we face. Concentrate on the politics of re-election, they say. Don't take chances.All that might be completely understandable and make perfect sense in a world where the climate crisis wasn't "real." Those of us who support and admire President Obama understand how difficult the politics of this issue are in the context of the massive opposition to doing anything at all — or even to recognizing that there is a crisis. And assuming that the Republicans come to their senses and avoid nominating a clown, his re-election is likely to involve a hard-fought battle with high stakes for the country....But in this case, the President has reality on his side. The scientific consensus is far stronger today than at any time in the past. Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real. It is time to act.
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quote: I don't pretend to know whether man made global warming is real or not. But I'd personally want to see emission from burning fossil fuel cut, and move on to cleaner energy sources. Even if warming is not caused by fossil fuels, I'd love to see the other types of pollution especially air pollution being cut down.
quote: You realize that water vapor, which is also significant in warming contribution, is also a significant product of the combustion of fossil fuel?
quote: but you do know that human activity is causing very real changes in the climate of the planet, right?
quote: The research
quote: well as other forms of pollution have no impact at all.
quote: in fact, the Earth got cooler!
quote: And why in the world would I possibly take someone serious who is one of the worlds biggest hypocrites? Even if he WAS buying carbon credits and becoming "neutral" that doesn't justify his actions. He's a hypocrite. A horrible hypocrite. Do as I say not as I do. As far as I am concerned anything that comes from his mouth should be completely ignored as complete nonsense or an attempt to generate more revenue. Either way it couldn't possibly be worth a damn.
quote: The evidence of global warming has never been refuted by any credible science publication or body.
quote: In fact, the evidence for global warming is rock solid - 100%.
quote: is that right now there may be a window of opportunity to avoid our fate
quote: It's called a "thermometer". You can't have "global warming" at the same time as a near record cooling trend.
quote: Umm bullshit. You got a link for that? 100% is a pretty strong claim. Why do I get the impression you're just talking out of your ass?
quote: But Reclaimer has proven time and time again that he is incredibly narrow minded. Would not expect him to grasp something as great global climate patterns.
quote: The question everyone is asking, are greenhouse gases, produced by heavy industry, automobiles, etc, speeding up the process??
quote: The debate for this IS important.
quote: Seriously?? Global Warming does not equate to every thermometer in every region of every land mass going up.
quote: Who can know.
quote: Frankly I find your attitude highly deplorable. So you won't vote, or participate in Government, until everything just works the way you want it to? If everyone did that, things would NEVER be the they wanted it. Did our Forefathers just sit in England and say "well, sooner or later, things will be the way we want them to here". Change requires action or force.
quote: YOU and people like you are the reason things are the way they are. It's called "apathy", look it up.
quote: At least he is willing to symbolically take power from the gov't
quote: By the way, not that I have to explain myself the the lowly reclaimer77
quote: What? How is he doing that, exactly? By paying taxes and NOT voting, he's GIVING them more power.
quote: Personally, I think you should vote for Ron Paul or Nader or something just to make a statement, but even doing that kind of suggests you support the system, and are ok with the result of the vote. On the other hand, if only 15% of the country are still voting, it sends a message that the system is broken and not accepted by the populace.
quote: Personally, I think you should vote for John McCain or Obama or something just to make a statement, but even doing that kind of suggests you support the 2-party system, and are ok with the result of the vote. On the other hand, if only 15% of the country are still voting in the 2-party system , it sends a message that the 2-party system is broken and not accepted by the populace.
quote: If there were three of four parties in power, we would need three of four "houses" or "senates" in Congress. Go read the Constitution. This country was BUILT on a two party system. It's the main vehicle of "checks and balances".
quote: The only thing about having no parties is, without them, everyone would just say whatever they thought you wanted to hear to get elected.
quote: At least with parties you have some idea of what the persons ideology and beliefs are, and how he will vote when he gets to Washington. If for no other reason than he will probably be pressured to vote the "party line" by his peers.
quote: Someone still needs to explain to me how the little ice age could have happened
quote: and talk of a new maunder minimum
quote: This doesn't mean overpopulation isn't a problem.
quote: Al Gore may be the world's biggest hypocrite and that doesn't mean his work to raise awareness for climate change is necessarily worthless.
quote: As I said, Al Gore may be the world's least green environmentalist, the world's biggest hypocrite (or not) -- but that doesn't prove that the majority of the information in his global warming talks is meritless.
quote: But, shooting the messenger to avoid the message is a common tactic
quote: one that fits exactly with my appraisal of humanity's chances
quote: But, in any case, I don't see humans as being willing to make the dramatic changes necessary to slow down the process.
quote: It's your forced collective view of the world that pisses me off.
quote: Reclaimer77 Of course, he's a liberal. When we see a problem we think "how can I change to fix it". Liberals like him think "how can we make everyone ELSE change".
quote: espaghetti I have no Homer Simpson in me. We do not need to be herded like sheep. I am not part of the Borg. Use whatever analogy you want. Piece by piece these people think they can entice people to join their way of life...It is the road to serfdom or outright slavery. Don't Tread On Me.