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With unprecedented climate change-fueled floods pummeling the United Kingdom, conservative Prime Minister David Cameron stood in front of the media Tuesday to insist that, despite appointing a climate science denying environment secretary to gut flood preparation and ignore climate threats, he is in fact aware that climate change is happening:

Q: Is climate change a factor?

Cameron says he answered this in the Commons recently. (He said he thought it was a factor.)

Q: Does your environment secretary believe in climate change?

Cameron says his view about climate change, as expressed in the Commons, is the view of the whole government.

It's yet another reminder of how completely conservatism has failed humanity on global warming. Scientists have been warning of man-made climate change for more than a half century and of ongoing and potentially catastrophic climate change for more than a generation. Yet all these later, conservatives like Cameron remain paralyzed in the face of this ongoing disaster by their anti-tax zealotry.

And compared to today's Congressional Republican leadership, Cameron is Al Gore.

Conservatism has no answer to climate change - that's why they demand to debate science, not solutions:

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) told WABC-AM that he was initially intrigued when former Vice President Al Gore began warning about human-induced climate change but became skeptical after discovering that environmental regulations might prove costly to business.
Their Koch-backed bamboozlement strategy has worked great at convincing David Gregory, Wolf Blitzer & friends that climate change isn't a pressing problem. But unfortunately for their fellow humans, our atmosphere isn't buying a word of it.

h/t Duncan Black

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  •  Unfortunately, his "view" is so late in arriving (10+ / 0-)

    that it is best appreciated with scuba gear.

    Ted Cruz president? Pardon my Vietnamese, but Ngo Pho King Way.

    by ZedMont on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 06:48:03 AM PST

  •  He can't even bring himself to repeat it (2+ / 0-)
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    TheGreenMiles, elwior

    what a murderous whore. (no offense meant to sex workers)

  •  There is a red-alert for wind today in the UK (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoregon, TheGreenMiles, elwior

    according to this Independent article. Another of their articles yesterday stated that the floodwaters are not expected to recede until May. It is weather chaos in the UK.

    Strange days indeed. ~John Lennon

    by joanil on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 08:02:32 AM PST

  •  Nice try but (0+ / 0-)

    in the UK administration responsibility for Climate Change policy is not with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) but the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) whose Secretary of State is Liberal Democrat Ed Davey.

    The Environment Agency (which is not part of the Government and whose head is former Labour MP Chris Smith, now Lord Smith) has the responsibility for the management of river systems although drainage is a complex matter between local special drainage boards, local government (at district council and county council levels) and the EA. The EA is also restricted in what it can do by some very strict guidelines laid down before 2010 about what projects should be selected and these mean that cities and towns get more resources than rural areas. Despite this, the EA had allocated funds for dredging in the area most affected by floods:

    On dredging, Smith said the agency had recognised in 2012 the local view that dredging would help to carry water away faster after a flood and had assigned £400,000: the maximum sum allowed under Treasury rules. He said government attempts to attract additional private or local funds had failed, although he noted the Treasury rules are now being waived for the Levels.
    This relates to the Somerset Levels which are a natural flood plain and wetland area if it were not for the pumping and drainage system (the rivers are elevated above the surrounding land over much of the Levels).  

    "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 08:44:52 AM PST

  •  But what about the "hacked emails?" (2+ / 0-)
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    TheGreenMiles, Calamity Jean

    The inane arguments against science, reality, and they're own lyin' eyes are getting more and more whiny and desperate from the denier crowd.

    I'm waiting for heads to begin to explode a la Scanners from a dangerous cognitive dissonance overload.

    Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies, We were roaring drunk on petroleum -Kurt Vonnegut

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 09:08:26 AM PST

  •  I hope he wasn't standing in four feet of water (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    when he gave those statements like many in the UK and Ireland right about now.  Here's the latest from the UK and it does not look good, especially since the water problems are expected to continue there for weeks.

    Prince Charles is such a strong advocate for sustainability and climate change action.  But, like America, Canada and Australia, the UK is currently controlled by the influence of the fossil fuel industries.  The good news is that people are waking up to the future, where the real money will be in renewables.  Check this out:

    California, which already employs 47,000 people in the solar power industry, should add more than 9,000 more jobs in that field by November.

    Statewide job growth of about 1.1 percent is dwarfed by the expected 22.3 percent growth rate for solar jobs projected over the year.

    What state wouldn't want businesses that have a 22% job growth, when the average is 1%?  Unfortunately, only a few states are being pursued by our biggest solar companies because state programs offering homeowners and businesses incentives.  We need to work to change this if we want to get this rolled out nationwide.  At the state level, we need better lobbying for this as well which the CA numbers should show is bringing a ton of jobs/revenue to the state.
    •  I know! I know! (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW
      What state wouldn't want businesses that have a 22% job growth, when the average is 1%?
      A state where fossil fuel interests have seized the legislature with bribes campaign contributions and are using well-financed lies to prevent the public from demanding renewable energy.  

      "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

      by Calamity Jean on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 09:04:10 PM PST

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