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LCV Prez: "If Climate Skeptics Win In November, Things Don't Look Good For Earth"

A letter to the editor printed today in the Washington Post from Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, includes some a still-incredible quote from Roy Blunt, first highlighted here on Fired Up! last April:

Stephen Stromberg's Sept. 3 PostPartisan commentary, "A downside to Murkowski's exit," hit the nail on the head about a disturbing trend that has emerged this year among almost a dozen Republican Senate candidates. These candidates are full-fledged global-warming deniers. If they win, the number of card-carrying members of the Flat Earth Society will rise exponentially in the world's greatest deliberative body.

[For example]...Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt said, "There isn't any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the Earth."

If candidates like these replace climate champions in November, we will feel more than just the loss of a few elected officials. We will lose out on a clean energy future that creates jobs, increases our national security and protects the planet for future generations.

Blunt's denial of humans' role in climate change was published by the uberconservatives at Human Events on April 29, 2009:

Republicans -- despite the confusion generated by a Politico story last week -- aren’t going to offer a substitute [clean energy and climate bill]. They don’t want to be caught in another “Dem-lite” position. 

House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told HUMAN EVENTS Editor Jed Babbin that Republicans accept that the climate is changing, but added, “There isn’t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth.”  Asked if Republicans would offer a substitute for the Dems’ bill, Blunt said no. 

He added that the Democrats’ bill would raise everyone’s electricity bills and make the nation less competitive.  “It’s enough to make anyone walk away,” Blunt said.

Blunt is obviously (very) misinformed about the state of scientific research and opinion.  A recent survey in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that 97 percent of scientists say man-made climate change is real.  As summarized in USA Today:

Forget the four out of five dentists who recommend Trident…. Try the 97 out of 100 scientists that believe in man-made climate change.

This data comes from a new survey out this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study found that 97 percent of scientific experts agree that climate change is "very likely" caused mainly by human activity.

The report is based on questions posed to 1,372 scientists. Nearly all the experts agreed that it is "very likely that anthropogenic greenhouse gases have been responsible for most of the unequivocal warming of the Earth's average global temperature in the second half of the twentieth century."

Click here for an interactive graphic that shows how global warming occurs.

As for the 3 percent of scientists who remain unconvinced, the study found their average expertise is far below that of their colleagues, as measured by publication and citation rates.

Ah, reality.


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