Saturday, April 05, 2014

Head, Meet Bucket of Sand.

The United Nations released Part Two of the IPCC report on global climate change. Part One said that yes, global warming is real, and yes, it is anthropogenic (that's a big word! It means "man-made").

Part Two dwells upon the consequences - acidification of the oceans and a decline in fish; droughts in one area, floods in another, resulting in shortages of food grains (which is already being seen), extremes of local weather (heat waves, cold snaps, storms, etc.) getting more extreme, and so on.

This report is buttressed by a lot of science, going back about 25 years, and is accepted by 97% of the scientific community. NASA, and the Pentagon, both agree that the changes we are inflicting on the planet are a matter of great concern, even to the level of a national security threat.

Which means, of course, that politicians on the Right and energy producers can't stand it and want it to go away.

So, what to do?

Glad you asked! The Republican majority in the House of Reprehensibles on Wednesday passed the Bridenstine Bill, that will solve the global warming problems of America for good.


Again, glad you asked! The Bridenstine Bill will force the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to divert funding away from studying the effects of climate change on America, and instead concentrate on detecting storms. It won't out-and-out ban NOAA from studying it; just divert enough effort away from it to render anything the agency might do ineffective and barely noticeable.

Contrary to myth, ostriches don't bury their heads in the sand when threatened. Many humans, apparently, do.


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