On climate change, the politics are bitterly frozen

  • Article by: Michael Gerson’ , Washington Post
  • Updated: October 14, 2013 - 12:03 AM

There’s no reward for action that can be realized in the here and now.

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davehougOct. 13, 13 5:25 PM

Even vigorous action, however, would only start limiting the terrible results at some point in the middle of the century. And it would never undo them. = = = Better to put limited $ into adapting to consequences than trying to 'hold back the sea'.

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windigolakeOct. 14, 13 7:17 AM

davehoug: "Even vigorous action, however, would only start limiting the terrible results at some point in the middle of the century. And it would never undo them. = = = Better to put limited $ into adapting to consequences than trying to 'hold back the sea'." Good luck adapting to extinction.

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thatisright1Oct. 14, 13 9:51 AM

From the perspective of science, those that deny humans are changing our climate are in the same intellectual camp as those that think stricter gun control laws will result in decreased homicide rates. Both groups are asserting political opinions and feelings not predicated on science.

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guessagainOct. 14, 1311:28 AM

thatisright: There is no equivalency in those positions and they are not about feelings. Climate change is scientifically-proven. Fewer guns resulting in fewer homicides is mathematically-proven (see Japan's homicide rate versus that in the United States).

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tupelohoneyOct. 14, 1312:16 PM

Love that they continue to call it climate change and act as if anyone denies climates change. No one denies it. The fact is there is no proof that man causes climate change and can do it directly or indirectly. Acid rain and the ozone crisis were proven to be liberal hysteria. The facts are out on man made climate change that it is nothing more than politics and is being used by liberals to tax and control industry. Time to move on to another manufactured crisis because this one is exposed for what it is. Liberal hysteria.

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fairplay2277Oct. 14, 1312:21 PM

Unfortunately, climate change, global warming, whatever you want to call it is so politically charged that there will always be a debate whether it is real or not. I do have a hard time believing that the climate people can actually predict what our temperature is going to be more than a week out, much less 10,20, or 100 years away. The "science" is just that, science but not anywhere near a certain science. People are rightly skeptical especially since so many deep thinkers like Al Gore have made millions off of the "science" and 3rd world countries are looking forward to making a financial killing from the developed countries emissions if the carbon credit crowd gets their way.

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tupelohoneyOct. 14, 1312:22 PM

"Fewer guns resulting in fewer homicides is mathematically-proven (see Japan's homicide rate versus that in the United States)."

They also have a different culture, much fewer gang violence and a homogeneous population. Ever consider that?

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gearrunrOct. 14, 1312:34 PM

"Climate change is scientifically-proven. Fewer guns resulting in fewer homicides is mathematically-proven (see Japan's homicide rate versus that in the United States)." --- An excellent comparison. Both situations where multitudes of variables are left out of the equation to achieve the conclusion you desire. 18th century science at it's finest.

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tupelohoneyOct. 14, 1312:52 PM

"Climate change is scientifically-proven" - No one disagrees with that. History proves it! What can't be proven is that man can alter the climate. Computer models from government paid researchers (like Al Gore) don't prove anything.

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FrankLOct. 14, 13 2:45 PM

Part of the problem is that all of the current actions are passive, such as make fossil fuels more expensive, but it doesn't solve the problem. If you want people to buy in how about a world wide carbon tax that goes towards active removal of CO2 from the atmosphere. One proposal is to seed the oceans to promote plankton growth which will use tremendous amounts of CO2. Another idea is to seed the atmosphere with particles to cool the earth, similar to what a volcano eruption does.

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