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The best, most brilliant and the funniest that is. HBO's John Oliver hilariously tackles media false equivalence on climate change, giving the 97% of scientists who agree on the science the last word.

For those unable to view or hear video: transcript is available at youtube source.

So true, you can't debate a fact. The polled concensus on climate change doesn't agreed with the reality and that is due to the vast disinformation campaign propagated by those who are profiteering by their greedy support of the fossil fuel industry especially the Koch Brothers whose vast wealth was built on fossil fuels and who refuse to concede that their lives work could very well determine the viability of our planet as a safe home to our species.

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Originally posted to beach babe in fl on Tue May 27, 2014 at 06:16 AM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS and Climate Hawks.

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  •  Stratospheric Cooling and Tropospheric Warming (4+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Portia Elm, PeterHug, LinSea

    A couple of facts I want to try on the deniers.

    One of their favorite arguments is 'yes the earth is warming but it is not CO2.' But if that were true the stratosphere would be warming too, and it is not. It is cooling. Which is exactly want you would expect if it is CO2 causing the warming. The heat trapped at the surface does not make it to the upper atmosphere.

    The other argument they always fall back on is the world went through climate changes before humans were around.  That is the logical fallacy of affirming the consequent.

    If P then Q
    Q
    therefore P

    Forest fires happened before man was around, therefore humans can't cause forest fires.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Tue May 27, 2014 at 06:37:13 AM PDT

    •  Soon As I Have Published Refereed Articles (3+ / 0-)
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      se portland, Portia Elm, LinSea

      on climate science, and a climate denier also has refereed published articles on climate science, I'll be sure to have such a debate with them.

      Meanwhile, neither one of us is a climate scientist, and so WE HAVE NO EFFING BUSINESS DEBATING THE SCIENCE!!!!

      What we are is citizen laymen.

      We don't get to tell the scientists they're incorrect about their findings, any more than we can phone up the NFL and tell them the last call in the Steelers game needs to be changed.

      This is technical professional work and consensus, our role as citizens is ONLY in considering WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue May 27, 2014 at 06:42:41 AM PDT

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  •  Sometimes I do wish I had cable... (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, BlueMississippi, LinSea

    ...to see these shows.  But $80 per month to watch like four shows is a bit steep.  

    Oh well, funny stuff.  Thanks for posting.  

    •  Especially When 3 of the 4 Shows is About (1+ / 0-)
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      BlueMississippi

      which Bible prophets had close encounters with UFO's, when mermaids were finally proven to exist, and how to launch steel anvils hundreds of feet into the air.

      Oh and Hitler.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue May 27, 2014 at 06:44:43 AM PDT

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  •  It was okay... (0+ / 0-)

    ...up to the point where the actual 'debate' started.

    Would have been much more effective to give Nye and the denier guy proportional time. In a two minute segment that would work out to be 116 seconds' to lay out the argument that climate change is happening now and a whole four seconds allotted for denial.

    "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."

    by grape crush on Tue May 27, 2014 at 07:02:26 AM PDT

  •  Climate change youtube (0+ / 0-)

    I couldn't find the transcript. Please post the URL if you can't link the transcript.

  •  NYTimes reporter, Tom Friedman, was on Morning Joe (1+ / 0-)
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    TayTay

    today in an interesting segment about climate change.  He's in four of the nine part Showtime series called "Years of Living Dangerously".  The series is so powerful, and just keeps getting better.  I can't wait for the finale on June 9th featuring an interview with Obama on climate.

    I loved the three last parts of the clip.  Friedman goes into what we could be doing today, starting by reducing corporate and personal taxes offset by a tax on carbon, (like what's happening in British Columbia - 2008 progressive, revenue neutral carbon tax), cleaner air (enforce Clean Air Act which Obama/EPA will be introducing Friday), energy efficiency and reducing foreign oil use.  He states that all of these things will not only make our country healthier and economically stronger, but, they will "weaken petro-dictators like Putin" and create greater stability for the US goepolitically.  

    Secondly, he talks about his book, "Hot, flat and crowded".  He points that the world is going to get hotter, the population will grow from 7 to 9 billion by 2050 (unless there's a massive epidemic) and more people are trying to live like Americans (buying and eating more).  Therefore, its a forgone conclusion that clean energy, clean water and clean air have to be the next great global industry;  so, don't you want America to lead that industry.

    Lastly, he talks about the need for a national Renewable Energy Standard (to ensure proper energy mix) and again a carbon tax.

    Really good stuff.

    By the way, the series is fantastic.  I also like Neil DeGrasse Tyson's new "Cosmos".  You don't need to pay for that one.  It's on Fox, ironically.  For "Years of Living Dangerously", you can just have a friend record it for you.  I am pretty sure that the DVD's and free internet versions will be out later this year.

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