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January 14, 2007

A Few More Thoughts On Climate Change

Yesterday, I ranted about the Federal Way school district's pathetic cave-in to flat-earth fundamentalist climate change deniers.  (There you go again. -Ed.

What particularly galled me was the insistence on presenting "opposing views" -- those who feel that climate change is not happening and that human activity isn't the cause.

That's totally, absolute bullsh*t, and the school board should know better. 

There's lots of room for healthy civic debate about what we should do about climate change.  I would love to see public school students exposed to everything from carbon taxes to cap-and-trade emissions standards to what-have-you.  I'd even be OK with someone presenting the opinion that we shouldn't do anything because
the Lord God Almighty is going to bring down his divine wrath upon us
all, hallelujah.

But there is no "other side" to the fact that the earth's climate is changing, and that greenhouse gases put into the atmosphere by human beings are the cause.

Why, even President Bush admitted as much, saying "Listen, I recognize that the surface of the Earth is warmer and that
an increase in greenhouse gases caused by humans is contributing to the
problem."

Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" may be the most important documentary film ever made -- and it absolutely, positively does belong in every classroom in the country.



Posted by Jon Stahl on January 14, 2007 at 08:52 PM in Policy | Permalink

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Any study that doesn't include the facts about solar radiation and orbital variations with the sun is not valid. Warming is happening. We have data that never gets included in these studies. The most important data. The thing that we know warms the earth. Al Gore does not include this.

Posted by: steve | Jan 15, 2007 9:10:38 AM

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