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  •  Robinson's piece is very average (25+ / 0-)

    a couple of things bothered me about it, namely:

    I wrote a column last fall when University of California at Berkeley physicist Richard Muller, one of the leading skeptics on climate change, reversed field and announced that his own careful research indicated the atmosphere is, indeed, warming rapidly. Last week, Muller announced in The New York Times that “I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.”
    Muller's "conversion" is that of using natural gas instead of coal and oil for energy.  Muller discounts what is happening in the Arctic as fear mongering.  He is part and parcel of the denier structure changing over to delaying structure.  I'm sure we'll hear much more from the very serious people
    changing their strategy from denial to delay as time goes on.  Robinson swallows Muller's bait hook, line and sinker.

    Does Robinson go along with the current Administration's view that a rise in 2°C is too hard to attain so that figure should be dropped in future negotiations?  He sure didn't mention it in this piece, and it is a question that must come up in the coming debate.  He, as well as other writers must hold the Administration's feet to the fire on this.

    The Arctic's sea ice is on pace to lose more ice than the record set in 2007 which is very disturbing; even more disturbing is the fact that no one seems to notice.

    •  2 degrees doesn't seem like much, but... (13+ / 0-)

      With less than 1 degree C of warming in over a century, look what we're seeing: Triple digit temperatures in Siberia, lethal heat waves, record flooding.
         And accelerated melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice.
         Imagine 2 degrees. Or three. Or six.

    •  I agree Robinson doesn't put everything (11+ / 0-)

      there is to know and do in the article, but at this point in
      time, I think the  goal is to just get people to the table to start talking about it as a real danger. I think there will be future articles that are directed to more concret solutions.

      Unfortunately, alot of misinformation is out there, and it's going to take time, that we don't really have, to undo it.
      It generally takes a crisis to make us move.  
      Drought and the consequences of extreme weather, are starting to break thru to the masses. They are seeing the consequences of inaction, in lives altered or lost, and financial cost.

      I think the next 4 years we will see changes start to be made, and that is where people like you, will help us all to push harder for meaningful changes.

      I agree the loss of sea ice is scarey.

      Today's problems are yesterday's solutions. Don Beck

      by Sherri in TX on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 04:18:58 AM PDT

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    •  Almost entirely the cause? (2+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity, Ryvr

      What's with this wishy washy language? "Our planet might possibly kinda sorta in a sense be doomed?"

      Enough with those idiots who say "hur dur global warming is a hoax perpetrated by evil scientists" or the similarly-stupid idiots who say "it's happening, but not because of humans, because of some magicaly magic that's never happened on such a scale before".

      We're causing global warming, and it's bad. Real bad. We gotta find some way to stop it from getting much worse.

      16, Progressive, Indian-American, Phillies Phan. Obama/Om/Chase Utley

      by vidanto on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 10:30:18 AM PDT

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      •  Having a leading skeptic on climate change, (0+ / 0-)

        and a UC Berkeley physicist at that, reverse himself to the point of saying that "Humans are almost entirely the cause," is pretty damn significant. True, thinking natural gas can replace oil and coal indicates he isn't far enough evolved yet. At least his mind is not as closed. Further evidence and facts may bring him along more quickly.

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 01:10:15 PM PDT

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