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    I think he can echo Neil deGrasse Tyson and say this or something to its effect

    "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."
    I do like how Leiserowitz uses the word "CRAZY"in the  above vid , because ignoring the fact that we are destroying the planet's ability to support us is just that.

    And remember: if we fail on climate change, nothing else matters. - WarrenS

    by LaughingPlanet on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:18:02 AM PST

    •  We could use some words supporting science too (3+ / 0-)
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      Agathena, Lujane, too many people

      After all, Obama has overruled the scientists and engineers on a number of big decisions so far.

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:55:50 AM PST

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      •  Because he is a lawyer (2+ / 0-)

        And lawyers have this view that multiple sets of facts exist and you choose the ones that make your case.  

        However, China is run by a bunch of engineers with technical educations and they aren't any better.  In fact, they are worse since they are concerned with keeping their economy humming with fossil fuel inputs.

        Merkel gets it, but she is a PhD scientist.  Germany has decided to phase out nuclear, even at the same time as they phase out fossil fuels, which makes both efforts doubly hard.

        The fact that they arrest James Hansen and let James Inhofe address the Senate, instead of the other way around indicates we are never going to do anything about climate change.

        Better get used to that 4-6 degree hotter world.  I figure I can move to Greenland and start a farm.  If I live long enough, maybe I can even grow some bananas.

        •  4-11 (0+ / 0-)

          degrees, you mean.  

          Plant some avocado in that orchard of yours and I'm totally there. :-)  But in the meantime, wouldn't it be great if everyone who commented in these threads would also drop Obama a note asking him to pay attention to the science?

          Don't Just Sit There - Do Something! --- a humorous take on climate news, climate science, with easy things everyone can do to make a difference.

          by Dont Just Sit There DO SOMETHING on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:00:06 PM PST

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        •  "...we are never going to do... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...anything about climate change."

          Maybe. But I don't believe in despair. We keep plugging away until enough people with clout get the message and do something (meaning they'll have to take on the folks who make money off this stuff and buy many politicians with it) or we add our own species to the tally for the growing global mass extinction period we're now verging on.

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 01:26:15 AM PST

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          •  Despair? or reality? (0+ / 0-)

            I'm in the small faction of scientists who look at the evidence, see that current trends are changing faster than the ensemble average of the models, and act accordingly.  The fact that this faction is being shushed for pointing out that the reality is even worse that what is being discussed is what should cause despair.   Maybe when the North Pole loses its ice cover this summer (a prediction I give a 50-50 shot at happening), it will get a few more people to wake up.  

            While it would be nice if all greenhouse gas emissions were phased out in the next 5 years, there are still several decades of CO2 increases already built in, which makes for several decades of global warming.  There is a whole lot to do to adapt to this changing world: build water catchments, better irrigation schemes, move coastal infrastructure, etc., yet the politicians are frozen on what should be a first-step given -- cut carbon emissions.

    •  When did the rich go crazy? (0+ / 0-)

      Why do they want to do this?

      Do they have a super-special secret Star Trek ship to take them to a viable Earth-like "Class M" planet somewhere? Have they figured out FTL drive or suspended animation or something?

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 05:05:02 PM PST

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