Climate Change—is it a Real?

GlobePresident Obama strongly indicated that the administration would address the issue of climate change during his recent inauguration address.  He elevated the expectations that the issue of climate change is on their top priority list along with immigration reform, fiscal reform and gun control.  President Obama said: “we will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” 

The president is hoping to be able to pass legislation to address the issue.  It is looking even more likely that he will have to pass executive orders to do anything to combat the issue.  “Cap-and-trade legislation (to provide a system of credits for limiting greenhouse gases) already failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate, and there is currently no appetite in Congress to go down that path again…House Republicans will continue to oppose any plan that drives up energy costs and puts American businesses at a competitive advantage.”

“Asked about whether the president might push for a big controversial legislative proposal like the cap-and-trade package that failed in his first term, White House press secretary Jay Carney suggested the president is more interested in actual change than in proposals for their own sake.”  Carney went on to say: “you don’t pursue action that helps deal with that problem just because of the problem itself, but because there are huge opportunities there in alternative energy.”

My take:

It might sound delusional or even dumb but I’m not entirely convinced either way.  We only have climate data for the past 150 years or so.  This planet is 4.54 billion years old.  We can never know if this is only a typical shift in weather.  However, that does not mean that I don’t think we should do what is necessary to prevent unnecessary gas emissions.  Why not implement policies, just in case?

Most scientists say that we in fact have a global warming issue because of man-made reasons.  So I’m inclined to side with the weather specialists.  For those who disagree I ask, why even risk it?  Is it really going to kill you to limit your gas emissions?

Do you believe in global warming?

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6 responses to “Climate Change—is it a Real?”

  1. reasoningpolitics says :

    Nate Silver’s book, ‘The Signal and The Noise’ had the best, most concise, and easiest to understand breakdown of climate change evidence I’ve seen. His point was that although climate change is certainly happening and almost certainly man made, forecasting its effects is extremely difficult.

  2. Nancy says :

    Well, Obama has a full plate. How is he going to get all this done? Since the experts say he only has 18 months to get anything done before the next campaign season starts. He can’t get a budget done let alone anything else.

    Yes, we should cut down on emissions, stop cutting down the trees in the rain forests & China should start cleaning up their act. So that the ozone layer can stop dissolving.

  3. JF Owen says :

    Climate change and global warming are real issues facing us and our children. Don’t confuse weather data with climate data. By using ice core samples we have solid climate information going back over 800,000 years.

    Richard Muller, professor of physics at UC Berkeley, has been one of the climate change skeptics golden children over the years. Funded for the most part by the Koch brothers, he headed the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project to prove or disprove the existence of global warming. After years of study and against all his expectations, last year he said in the Wall Street Journal, “Global warming is real …. Humans are almost entirely the cause.”

    He confirmed what James Hansen, a leading NASA Scientist, has been warning about since the 1980’s through overwhelming ridicule and disdain. If you want to want to keep yourself reading late in a cold sweat for a couple of nights, read Hansen’s book “Storms of my Grandchildren”. It might keep you from having any.

    As far as forecasting the effects, one need look no further than the planet Venus to get a feel for where it can go if unchecked. If you think that’s hyperbole, you should know that Hansen was also the scientist who accurately predicted the composition of Venus’s atmosphere based on radiative transfer models years before the Pioneer Venus probes were even launched. He applied those same models to understand Earth’s atmosphere and where we were heading. Chilling.

    I’ve been a Republican since I was old enough to vote, but I continue to be disappointed with my party’s abiding tendency to deny the existence and cause of global warming. It pains me to think that they have an agenda based solely on maintaining short term economics rather than long term global survival, but that’s where the anecdotal evidence leads.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      There are way too many scientists and evidence to continue to ignore the crisis. That’s why I say even if you legitimately don’t believe it’s a problem why do you care if we cut emissions to a more reasonable level? We should always be looking for ways to cut wasteful activities.

      I’m definitely disappointed in the party as well. It makes it look like all Republicans are ignorant to scientific data. The only candidate that acknowledged a problem was John Huntsman. Sadly he was quickly out of the race. Too many Republicans are allowing oil companies and lobbyists to dictate their policy and positions.

      I’d also like to point out that I don’t recall global warming being addressed at all in the debates. In fact (I forgot to mention this in my post) Jon Karl of ABC News and his team looked at all 460,000 ads run by the Obama campaign and not 1 addressed global warming. So it’s a bit surprising the president would so heavily suggest he’d address the issue in his inauguration speech.

      Thanks for the comment as always!

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      There are way too many scientists and evidence to continue to ignore the crisis. That’s why I say even if you legitimately don’t believe it’s a problem why do you care if we cut emissions to a more reasonable level? We should always be looking for ways to cut wasteful activities.

      I’m definitely disappointed in the party as well. It makes it look like all Republicans are ignorant to scientific data. The only candidate that acknowledged a problem was John Huntsman. Sadly he was quickly out of the race. Too many Republicans are allowing oil companies and lobbyists to dictate their policy and positions.

      I’d also like to point out that I don’t recall global warming being addressed at all in the debates. In fact (I forgot to mention this in my post) Jon Karl of ABC News and his team looked at all 460,000 ads run by the Obama campaign and not 1 addressed global warming. So it’s a bit surprising the president would so heavily suggest he’d address the issue in his inauguration speech.

      Thanks for the comment as always!

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