I agree with Anthony Watts that “facts are stubborn things,” and that we shouldn’t listen to “politicians and climate zealots who don’t do research.” Where I’m pretty sure we disagree is that I consider climate change deniers to be the aforementioned zealots.
The fact that the temperature in Death Valley was a few degrees higher once a hundred years ago doesn’t disprove climate change, and neither does the fact that there were a couple of “hotter” fire seasons last century. Nor does bringing a snowball onto the Senate floor, as Republican Senator James Inhofe famously did. It’s disappointing that congressmen (and TV weathermen) don’t understand the difference between weather and climate.
According to NASA and NOAA, and every other authoritative source, the planet’s average temperature has risen by almost 2 degrees since the Industrial Revolution, most of which occurred in the past 35 years. The six hottest years in recorded history have taken place since 2014. The rate of ocean warming has nearly doubled since 1992. The polar ice sheets are shrinking, and global sea level rose 8 inches in the last century. And it’s almost certainly man-made.
Climate scientists predicted decades ago that global warming would result in more droughts, more wildfires, more hurricanes, and more flooding. All of those predictions have come true.
Pay heed to the scientists and data, not the politicians and zealots.
— Scott Paulo, Chico
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