Friday, October 30, 2015

For next GOP debate: moderators should drill down on candidates' energy policies and views on global warming ... by gimleteye

Voters on the coasts got a chance to think about climate change this week with super high tides flooding and eroding beaches, wetlands, and coastal roadways.
Climate change deniers: happy Halloween!
On CNBC this week during the GOP presidential debate, the only climate change question was directed to Gov. Chris Christie, who could not help but come face-to-face with reality after the impact of Superstorm Sandy devastated New Jersey.

Christie's response to a question on energy policy was: "let's throw everything we can at the wall and see what sticks". "Let the free market decide." One could almost feel the rest of the GOP candidates shrinking away from the question on stage. Why? There is nothing free about the rules governing energy production. Although it is a common mantra by the GOP that government should not pick winners and losers in the private energy sector, in fact GOP and Democratic-controlled Congresses have always picked winners and losers, through price and production supports, environmental regulations, and tax incentives.

For many years, University of Miami geologist Dr. Harold Wanless has been making the case for sudden, rapid sea level rise. His testable hypothesis is based on evaluating core samples taken at the perimeter of the southern Everglades.

Recent scientific evidence of rapid change backs up Dr. Wanless: "There (The Greenland ice sheet), previous aerial and satellite imagery indicates that a sub-glacial lake pooled for more than forty years. More recent images suggest that the lake likely emptied through a meltwater tunnel beneath the ice sheet some time in 2011. “The fact that our lake appears to have been stable for at least several decades, and then drained in a matter of weeks – or less – after a few very hot summers, may signal a fundamental change happening in the ice sheet,” Dr Howat said. Dr Howat’s group calculated that the lake that formed it likely contained some 6.7 billion gallons of water. And it disappeared in a single season – remarkably quickly by geologic standards. The scientists characterized the sudden drainage as catastrophic."

For years Florida scientists including Dr. Wanless begged for a meeting with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. (Read our archive.) Rubio refused. These days, Senator Rubio claims he is not a denier but a climate change skeptic. That is wrong. A skeptic remains open to argument and persuasion. By refusing to meet with climate change scientists -- in other words, ignoring the best available fact-based evidence -- Rubio is a denier at a time when climate change deniers everywhere else are putting on their civilian clothes and melting into the crowd.

The anti-government mob hasn't figured out who the perpetrators are, but it will and when they do, watch out for low-flying objects.


Anonymous said...

It's time to get tough on elected officials and political candidates who still deny the science of climate change because they are backed by the carbon-extraction industry. Exxon officials should be hauled into Federal and International courts for their decades-long cover up. These are most the most serious Crimes Against Humanity because their actions directly doom current and future generations to a world of hardship, pain and death.

Anonymous said...

Problem is that GOP constituents are ultra religious, hopeless and uneducated who believe only path to salvation is in the coming of their respective messiahs through massive natural calamity, environmental destruction is their only rational way to achieve that goal.