Friday, February 9, 2007

Screeeeeeeech

The latest catch phrase to describe climate change skeptics is picking up speed in the MSM. (H/T: Drudge)

I would like to say we're at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.
That's Ellen Goodman writing for the Boston Globe, who also reports that though "the certainty of the human role is now somewhere over 90 percent", solutions to the problem of global warming are slow in coming, despite the "evidence."
The folks at the Pew Research Center clocking public attitudes show that global warming remains 20th on the annual list of 23 policy priorities. Below terrorism, of course, but also below tax cuts, crime, morality, and illegal immigration.

One reason is that while poles are melting and polar bears are swimming between ice floes, American politics has remained polarized. There are astonishing gaps between Republican science and Democratic science. Try these numbers: Only 23 percent of college-educated Republicans believe the warming is due to humans, while 75 percent of college-educated Democrats believe it.
That the majority of politicians do not hold science degrees is of no importance when the validity of scientific claims is decided upon at the ballot booth.
Can we change from debating global warming to preparing? Can we define the issue in ways that turn denial into action? In America what matters now isn't environmental science, but political science.
C/P: Dust My Broom.

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