Saturday, October 15, 2005

We have a report out today that the planet earth this year had it's warmest September ever, since the start of reliable record keeping in 2003. This is yet more evidence of the literally mountain of evidence (mountain, as in Mount Kilimanjaro) that has been accumulating about it. Be it the fact that what is happening now was predicted by computer models of global warming decades ago, or the fact that arctic ice is now shrinking to a new minimum cover every year, the evidence is undeniable.

Of course, there are still those who would deny it anyway. They will point to a local cold snap, or other extreme of the weather, or if they can't deny it will make some flippant comment about how much nicer it will be to visit Nome, Alaska for a vacation, but ultimately they deserve no serious attention at all, sort of like UFOlogists and people who insist that Elvis is living under an alias in Michigan. In the words of one British scientist, these people are "climate loonies." He compares them to people who still deny that smoking causes lung cancer.

Only in a nation where we are still debating about how much creationism to teach in a Biology class would this kind of denial of scientific data be given any credence at all. And what is more, with George W. Bush in the White House, not only is it listened to, but it is policy.

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