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Global Warming Denialism ‘Just Foolishness,’ Scientist Peter Raven Says

U.S. prestige falling as world has ‘pretty well given up’ on any American leadership facing climate change.
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Nature’s Edge Notebook #23


Observation, Analysis, Reflection, New Questions


One of the world’s most widely known and respected senior scientists
tells ABC News that current denial about the basic daunting realities of
manmade global warming is “just foolishness.”
He also reports that the rest of the world has now “pretty well given
up” on its hope for U.S. leadership in dealing with global climate
change.
His assessment reinforces our findings at the recent global climate
summit in Durban, South Africa, that the vigorous anti-climate science
movement in the United States has significantly damaged American
prestige among European leaders who are struggling to deal with the
daunting impacts of global warming.
Peter Raven, co-invento


Added: Apr-1-2012 Occurred On: Apr-1-2012
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  • "Global Warming" is junk science that is propagated for .gov grant money. The data has been proven fraudulent 100 times over and/or inconclusive due to lack of length.

    "Move on" to the next issue-du-jour your masters tell you is important, liberals.

    What's the matter? OWS isn't a cool enough issue to bitch about anymore?

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  • Numerous religions through history have said the earth would heat up and be scorched. Were they somehow privy to this global warming event then? If scientist are right about man made global warming then that means the Christians knew about it in Revelations as did a host of other religions. I guess the Bronze age started global warming. I remember in the 1970's the scientist's were going on about the coming of the second ice age as well. Even had all their data to prove it was arriving. The fact More..

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  • I find it absurd that you use a scientist and expert to support your global warming argument. You should have instead used a credible source like an executive at big oil company or any republican lawmaker.

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  • It is not"Just Foolishness" Oil ,coal and gas companies plus their stooges want to continue to make vast profits.

    If the use of non renewable resources continue to increase then their profits increase. Their grandchildren will have the wealth to carve out a niche in one of the few remaining inhabitable areas of earth, the rest can go hang.

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  • If this guy is one of the world's most widely known and respected senior scientists, then why doesn't he debate the issue with a leading scientist who believes that global warming is being exaggerated for political reasons? Passing a global warming reduction bill will bring the government into almost every facet of your life and wreck our economy. Al Gore jumped at the chance to debate Ross Perot on N.A.F.T.A. and made Perot look like a fool. But Gore and all these global warming believing eliti More..

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    • @quasimodo True that, we should ignore it completely. We are but a blink of an eye in terms of the earth existence. She warms and cools constantly over time but these self important moron scientists believe they actually had an impact on her....

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  • The US is taking a break. Let China or someone else lead the world in climate change.

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    • @USA1

      More truth to that then meets the eye. I would be willing to bet that India and China are the worlds biggest producers of greenhouse gasses.

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    • @LoonieToonie

      Is it a competition to produce more that everyone else?

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    • @LoonieToonie

      As with anything that pits the 1st world against the 3rd world, and as always there's always plenty of extortion involved.

      The truth is that mankind won't do anything until there's a visible crisis. By then it's too late. We could always just say, "Sorry 'bout dat, Maldives."

      We are now in a mild ice age and are 100 feet down from the top water level should all the ice melt. The earth has existed for millennium without ice at the poles. During "Snow Ball Eart More..

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    • @USA1

      Exactly.

      We weren't alive 100 years ago and we won't be alive in 100 years either, so why should we care?

      Let's live the world NOW and to the hell with future generations, they'll do fine and if they don't we won't be there to see it anyway. The planet has already seen much greater losses than that, and frankly, it will only benefit from it.

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  • I do understand the article. There's an even greater trend in science denialism, which I think is a root cause.

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  • Another guy who doesn't realize how BIG the planet is. His faux-intellectualism is probably causing him, in the back of his mind, to think the world is flat...

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  • Global warming is just a theory...............kinda like gravity.

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  • Scientist who are funded by a Government will always push the government backed "green" energy agenda so they or their friends like AL Gore can get rich on things like light bulbs(made in china) that they have invested in.

    They change the name from Global Warming to Climate Change because most literate people know its based on fudging with the calculations that turn graphs into hockey sticks to show the temperature rising.

    Of course there is climate change, yesterday was 70 degrees a More..

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  • There is no doubt we are changing the world in a negative manner. The earth is like a living organism that we are slowly destroying as parasites. Look down at the earth from a plane some day. Everywhere we are is brown, black and dying... everywhere we are not, is lush green and healthy. Global warming is simply a term designated by the government to scare people into paying all kinds of environmental taxes and making companies pay for carbon credits. There is no limit to a companies pollution More..

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  • Problem, Reaction, Solution.... yada yada

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  • Denialism?

    Don't you mean apostate? Come on, put it into the religious terms this theory demands. Others don't share your faith, and because they refuse to bow to the scientist sold out to collectivism, and to prostrate their finances and living standards before the white robed priests, they shall be damned to a future of burning to death as the earth heats up...oh...say 1-2°?

    The arrogance, the elitism, the religious devotion of this new breed of moon howler belief system is noteworthy on th More..

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  • There's an interesting thought-experiment that illuminates the issue, it goes a little something like this:

    Is human caused global warming true or false?

    ---------------True | False
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    Do something .....|............
    about it: ........1...|....2......
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    Do nothing .........|............
    about it: .......3:..|....4.......



    1.
    We'r in for interesting times as the greenhouse effect grabs us by the balls.
    But by chang More..

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  • "97-98 percent of the climate researchers most actively
    publishing in the field … supported the basic tenets of ACC (manmade
    global warming)"

    I'm sorry (not really). But you just can't get 97-98 percent of real, honest scientists to agree on the color of sh.t let alone global warming. This is just laughable.

    "U.S. prestige falling as world has ‘pretty well given up’ on any American leadership facing climate change."

    Um, has our intrepid, globe-trotting author ever More..

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    • @Zardoz003
      I didn't compare us to anybody. The fact remains that India and China, regardless of their government model or their third world status, will churn out more CO2 together than we could if we tried. Hell, most of the coal we mine will get burned in China. What sense does that make? It sure isn't going to help any so-called environmental causes.

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    • @copperdog3 China burns 70% of the worlds mined coal every year lol

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    • @Zardoz003 Once again displaying your stupidity. You couldn't grasp what he is saying so you label him as a right winger. Dumb ass.

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