I am the last person you want in public office. But apparently there is a crop of U.S. Senate hopefuls in North Carolina who don’t deserve such high public office either.
At a debate this week (which largely depicted who could move furthest to the right), the four GOP candidates for U.S. Senate each disavowed that global warming existed.
Morons of the first order. That’s the best that can be said for Thom Tillis (“false science”), Greg Brannon (“The literature is so clear on this,”), Heather Grant (climate is “cyclical”) and Mark Harris said the federal government should not address it. (Quotes and reportage from the April 24 Charlotte Observer.)
But NASA, fully capable of putting people on the moon and machines on Mars, is among the federal departments despised by this august group of nincompoops. No wonder public education in North Carolina is going to hell in a hand basket. We don’t put forward nominees who can take a rational look at evidence.
According to the NASA website:
Certain facts about Earth’s climate are not in dispute:
- The heat-trapping nature of carbon dioxide and other gases was demonstrated in the mid-19th century. Their ability to affect the transfer of infrared energy through the atmosphere is the scientific basis of many instruments flown by NASA. Increased levels of greenhouse gases must cause the Earth to warm in response.
- Ice cores drawn from Greenland, Antarctica, and tropical mountain glaciers show that the Earth’s climate responds to changes in solar output, in the Earth’s orbit, and in greenhouse gas levels. They also show that in the past, large changes in climate have happened very quickly, geologically-speaking: in tens of years, not in millions or even thousands.
- Global sea level rose about 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in the last century. The rate in the last decade, however, is nearly double that of the last century.
- All three major global surface temperature reconstructions show that Earth has warmed since 1880. Most of this warming has occurred since the 1970s, with the 20 warmest years having occurred since 1981 and with all 10 of the warmest years occurring in the past 12 years.6 Even though the 2000s witnessed a solar output decline resulting in an unusually deep solar minimum in 2007-2009, surface temperatures continue to increase.
As the earth warms, we ought to cool – quickly – on these four idiots who pander to a constituency as slow-witted as they are. Granted, my little escapades along my path pale in comparison, but even the slow-learner in me is capable of grasping enough scientific evidence to know that global warming is happening now and mankind is speeding it up.