by Dick Mac
Conversations about climate change and global warming are always complicated.
Many people I've spoken to consider the two things to be the same topic.
I believe they are certainly intertwined, but there is a difference between the two.
It is folly to argue against global warming. The planet is getting warmer. If that is because of man's activities, or if we are moving microscopically closer to the Sun, or the planet's geo-thermal design always meant it would get warmer, is all debatable; but, the planet is getting warmer.
In the linked article below, Paul Krugman states that the number of scientists who believe there is a direct connection between global warming and climate change is about 97%. This is according to the National Academy of Science.
It appears that the percentage of believing scientists increases as the evidence continues to pour in about the impact of our waste on the planet's atmosphere.
Even though most intelligent beings also accept that there is a correlation between global warming and climate change, there are millions of Americans who have accepted the corporate theory that there is no such evidence and that global warming and climate change are, like evolution, just unproved theories.
These people would have us allow industry to continue polluting without any checks and balances in place, all in the name of some sort of libertarianism that is supposed to be better than the amazingly intricate and complicated society and government we had in place before the last four presidents began dismantling it.
There are people who believe global warming and climate change is a conspiracy, they believe evolution is just a bright idea perpetrated by liberals, and that our government is the worst thing that has ever happened to the American people since Colonial times.
One of these people is not only an elected official, but is the front-runner for the Republican nomination for President. He is so convinced, and so convincing, that other Republican candidates are hedging their bets and failing to refute the insanity spewing from this man's mouth in the name of patriotism.
Scarier yet, is that we all know people who would vote for these people, especially the front-runner.
And I don't even know why.
Republicans Against Science