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Conservatives Praise Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt as Beautiful Expression of Free Market

Via: Andy Borowitz – The New Yorker

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A delegation of conservative members of Congress paid a visit to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melt today to witness firsthand what one of them called “the most beautiful expression of the free market I’ve ever seen.”

The author of that remark, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), said that he was awestruck after watching gigantic chunks of glacier disintegrate and crash to the sea.

“Every schoolchild in America needs to see this,” he said. “This is the free market at work in the way that God and Ayn Rand intended.”

Rep. Ryan said that watching the now-unstoppable Ice Sheet melt in action reaffirmed his belief in “the glory and might of free-market forces.”

“Now more than ever, I believe that government needs to get out of the way of glaciers,” he said.

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Another member of the delegation, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota), decried what she called the “alarmism” surrounding reports of the collapsing Ice Sheet.

“The Ice Sheet melt is only a problem if you live in Antarctica, which, honestly, is a pretty dumb place to live,” she said. “Polar bears live in Antarctica because they have no choice, but we’re not polar bears.”

CORRECTION: Polar Bears live in the Arctic, and NOT Antarctica. And YES, the ice is melting there as well. (See Photo)

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2014/05/conservatives-praise-antarctic-ice-sheet-melt-as-beautiful-expression-of-free-market.html?utm_source=tny&utm_campaign=generalsocial&utm_medium=facebook&mbid=social_facebook

 

 

 

 

May 15, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(3 of 3) Voters think Republican climate dissenters are ‘ignorant, out of touch or crazy,’ bipartisan poll finds

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Via: Raw Story

Results show risks that deniers in Congress pose to GOP as majority of younger constituents back Obama’s carbon plans.

Republicans in Congress who reject the science behind climate change could soon be reduced to political fossils, with new polling on Wednesday suggesting three-quarters of young voters find such views: 1) ignorant 2) out of touch 3) or, BAT-SHIT INSANE!.

The bipartisan poll conducted for the League of Conservation Voters found SOLID 80% SUPPORT among UNDER-35 VOTERS for Barack Obama’s climate change plan – and majority support even among those who oppose the president.

Read more,  HERE:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/25/voters-think-republican-climate-dissenters-ignorant-out-of-touch-or-crazy-bipartisan-poll-finds/

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The GOP continues to piss-off: Latnos, women, labor, poor and middle income people, LBGT, and the young voters.

They still can count on the ‘Angry White Male’, but even so, I give ’em 10-years, on the outside.

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July 26, 2013 Posted by | 2016, Boehner, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(2 of 3) – $60 TRILLION Arctic ‘Time Bomb’

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Via: Huffington Post

A release of methane in the  Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change  with a cost to the global economy of up to $60 trillion over  coming decades, according to a paper published in the journal  Nature.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and Erasmus  University in the Netherlands used economic modelling to  calculate the consequences of a release of a 50-gigatonne  (55,115,565,546 tons) reservoir of methane from thawing permafrost under the East  Siberian Sea.

They examined a scenario in which there is a release of  methane over a decade as global temperatures rise at their  current pace.

They also looked at lower and slower releases, yet all  produced “steep” economic costs stemming from physical changes  to the Arctic.

“The global impact of a warming Arctic is an economic  time-bomb,” said Gail Whiteman, an author of the report and  professor of sustainability, management and climate change at  the Rotterdam School of Management, part of Erasmus University.

“In the absence of climate-change mitigation measures, the  model calculates that it would increase mean global climate  impacts by $60 trillion,” said Chris Hope, a reader in policy  modelling at the Cambridge Judge Business School, part of the  University of Cambridge.

That approaches the value of the global economy, which was  around $70 trillion last year.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/24/arctic-methane-climate-change_n_3643917.html

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July 26, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 3) ‘Lake North Pole’

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Via: The Atlantic

In what has now become an annual occurrence, the North Pole’s ice has melted, turning the Earth’s most northern point into a lake. Call it Lake North Pole. To be clear, the water surrounding the pole is not seawater seeping up from the ocean but melted icewater resting on top of a thinning layer of ice below the surface.

It’s a shallow lake. It’s a cold lake. But it is, actually, a lake,” writes William Wolfe-Wylie of Canada.com.

That lake started to form on July 13 during a month of abnormally warm weather — temperatures were 1-3 degrees Celsius higher than average in the Arctic Ocean this month — and has come to stretch a significant distance, though not out of the camera’s range. In addition, the water is likely to get worse over the coming week, as an expected Arctic cyclone’s strong winds and rain will loosen the ice coverage even further.

The picture above is what the North Pole looks like now, via the North Pole Environmental Observatory. The photo below is what it looked like back in April, and probably how you pictured it before you starting reading.

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http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/07/north-pole-has-melted-lake/67577/

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July 26, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘It’s Global Warming, Stupid’ – and yes, ‘Stupid’ means the GOP!

Via: Bloomberg Businessweek

Yes, yes, it’s unsophisticated to blame any given storm on climate change. Men and women in white lab coats tell us—and they’re right—that many factors contribute to each severe weather episode. Climate deniers exploit scientific complexity to avoid any discussion at all.

Clarity, however, is not beyond reach. Hurricane Sandy demands it: At least 40 U.S. deaths. Economic losses expected to climb as high as $50 billion. Eight million homes without power. Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated. More than 15,000 flights grounded. Factories, stores, and hospitals shut. Lower Manhattan dark, silent, and underwater.

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An unscientific survey of the social networking literature on Sandy reveals an illuminating tweet (you read that correctly) from Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. On Oct. 29, Foley thumbed thusly: “Would this kind of storm happen without climate change? Yes. Fueled by many factors. Is storm stronger because of climate change? Yes.” Eric Pooley, senior vice president of the Environmental Defense Fund (and former deputy editor of Bloomberg Businessweek), offers a baseball analogy: “We can’t say that steroids caused any one home run by Barry Bonds, but steroids sure helped him hit more and hit them farther. Now we have weather on steroids.” (And it’s only going to get worse, MUCH WORSE!)

Read the rest of the article, HERE:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-01/its-global-warming-stupid#r=hp-lst

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November 2, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, President Obama, Romney, U.S. Cities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment