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Climate Change and Gov. Perry

People who discount the science of climate change don’t do it because they’ve read the science. The science of climate change is a proxy for views on the role of government.

— Andrew Dessler, professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University, according to National Public Radio.

Good going Dr. Dessler, you are my hero.  You said it exactly right.     The scientists who have tried to explain climate change, its symptoms, and what it will do to us are the modern day heroes.  Heroes don’t always come on white horses.  Sometimes it is white lab coats.

What does Gov. Perry, potentially the next president of the US  have to say about this?  “I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized.  I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.”  Excuse me Governor, are you confusing scientists doing research for universities and simply searching for truth with people like you who just might be tempted to say whatever it takes to get elected?

Since most climate research in the US is financed by the federal government, it would have been in the interest of scientists over the years from 2000 to 2008 to say that warming is not a problem.  They had to fight the federal government to get the truth out.  When it comes to science, the Republican Party have always found truth to be an inconvenient distraction.

The latest UN report is that there is a 90 percent probability that human activities have caused the planet to warm up.  So in whose interest is it to say that global warming is NOT a problem.  Certainly the producers of fossil energy, and certainly those who receive lots of money from them (such as The Gov).  People with strong biblical beliefs.  Conspiracy theorists. Tea Party activists.  Finally, to paraphrase my new hero, Dr. Dessler, anyone who doesn’t want to spend tax money to do the right thing.


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