"Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could, they would still be destroyed - chased and hunted down as long as fun or a could could be got out of their bark hides, branching horns, or magnificent bole backbones… It took more than three thousand years to make some of the trees in these Western woods - trees that are still standing in perfect strength and beauty, waving anding singing in the mighty forests of the Sierra. Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries since Christ’s time - and long before that - God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods; but he cannot save them from fools - only Uncle Sam can do that."
"If you were teaching a graduate seminar in public policy and challenged your students to come up with the most difficult possible problem to solve, they’d come up with something very much like climate change. It’s slow-acting. It’s essentially invisible. It’s expensive to address. It has a huge number of very rich special interests arrayed against doing anything about it. It requires international action that pits rich countries against poor ones. And it has a lot of momentum: you have to take action now, before its effects are serious, because today’s greenhouse gases will cause climate change tomorrow no matter what we do in thirty years."
No candy for you, Kevin Drum. Your completely logical point and 110% truthy take on the political difficulties of dealing with climate change is like the worst trick when I asked for a treat.
But it’s something we need to hear.
As if the effects weren’t serious enough already.
"Everybody, even the schoolchildren, knows this is a catastrophe for all of us"
Fatih Birol, Chief Economist for the International Energy Agency, referencing our energy consumption and estimates of temperature increases at U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa.
"The science is not settled, not by a long shot. Last month, scientists at CERN, the prestigious high-energy physics lab in Switzerland, reported that neutrinos might—repeat, might—travel faster than the speed of light. If serious scientists can question Einstein’s theory of relativity, then there must be room for debate about the workings and complexities of the Earth’s atmosphere."
I didn’t expect that even the neutrino-faster-than-light thing would be used by climate change deniers. Wow.
J- Room for debate? There is room for debate. The debate has happened. And scientists overwhelmingly agree: Man-made climate change is real, and it’s a serious threat.
Don’t believe me? Here’s nearly 20 statements from scientific societies and working groups that say the same thing. They have a word for this, it’s called “consensus”.