Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Effect and Cause

On the one hand the science has improved to this point:
Climate change researchers have been able to attribute recent examples of extreme weather to the effects of human activity on the planet's climate systems for the first time, marking a major step forward in climate research...

Last year's record warm November in the UK – the second hottest since records began in 1659 – was at least 60 times more likely to happen because of climate change than owing to natural variations in the earth's weather systems, according to the peer-reviewed studies by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US, and the Met Office in the UK. The devastating heatwave that blighted farmers in Texas in the US last year, destroying crop yields in another record "extreme weather event", was about 20 times more likely to have happened owing to climate change than to natural variation.
Studies showing the clear effect humanities abuse of the planet will naturally not cause regulations leading to less pollution but rather more of this:
The ultra-conservative American Tradition Institute has expanded its legal pursuit of climate scientists, using transparency laws to try to flush out potentially damaging emails...Now for the first time the media is being drawn in as well, with ATI seeking the release of scientists' communications with specific journalists. The list of news organisations targeted by the request includes the New York Times, the Associated Press, Frontline and the Guardian.
I'm glad we're getting to the bottom of the real crisis.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


Montag said...

Oh, yeah, they say they're funded by grassroots donations, but I'll bet their contributor list contains the names of every nutball libertarian fatcat in the country, every oil, gas and coal outfit (and more than a few nuclear interests).

These guys are determined to protect their profits until there are no more to be made, and then they'll petition the government to hand over huge amounts of taxpayer money in the form of subsidies to pay their development costs to transition to new energy sources so that they can continue to be the primary originators and distributors of energy, and therefore maintain their control on pricing. And, let the ordinary schmoes of the world suffer the "external costs" of their schemes.

It'll work, too. The level of legal corruption in this country will guarantee that it'll work.

StonyPillow said...

If your p-value is literally zero, you’re either being paid to be stupid, or just being a royal p.

Raoul Paste said...

One of the new homes at a local Homerama event was a high-end house that you could take off the grid. It can be done.

pansypoo said...

when are insurance compabies gonna make their GOP whores change , cause they are the ones paying.