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  •  I don't even think Big Carbon has to pay them (12+ / 0-)

    I see lots of right-wing trolls of all kinds all over the place, and lots of them are such enthusiastic incompetents that I can't imagine them doing this for money.  They might just be doing it for what passes for their ideology, plus the fun of pissing off "lib'ruls."

    "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

    by Neon Vincent on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 09:50:38 PM PST

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    •  Growing Cost of Denial (10+ / 0-)

      Well, we all pay for their idiocy and our country's unwillingness to address the causes of climate change. For example:

      Guardian: NOAA: 2012 to rank as second costliest US year since 1980

      During 2012, there were 11 extreme weather and climate events in the US that reached the billion-dollar threshold in losses, according to figures released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday. While the total number of billion-dollar natural disasters is down from 2011, when there were a record 14 events costing more than $60bn, the economic losses this year are expected to exceed last year's tab, largely due to the massive economic toll caused by hurricane Sandy and the widespread drought...

      The 11 billion-dollar events of 2012 include seven severe thunderstorm outbreaks, two hurricanes, the drought and wildfires. NOAA put the death toll from these events at 349...

      Jake Crouch, a climatologist at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), said it is difficult to make direct connections between climate change and the economic losses from extreme events seen this year, or in other years.

      "Climate change is having a role in these events but how much of a role is hard to tell at this time," Crouch said. Many other factors, including socioeconomic trends such as a rising population that is exposing more people and infrastructure to extreme weather events, are helping to drive disaster loss trends.

      Seems like rising population is directly linked to a changing climate too.

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