This shit pisses me off.
This piece is inspired in part by PolJunk commenter Nikki and partly by the morons at LibertyPundit.com.
To give you an idea of what kind of brain power is poised to select, presumably, the Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States, I present a couple of Global Warming deniers in all their glory. Specifically, I want to highlight some attitudes that appear to prevail among the deniers.
Let's start with Nikki. In the comment thread of a Politics Junky piece entitled, "Barack Obama on Global Warming and Oil Independence", posted by Jake Brown in April of 2006 (!), our friend Nikki wrote, "Who gives a shit? Bring on the Global Warming. Whatever. If a less expensive form of fuel comes into effective use, then that would be great. That should be a priority with or without 'Global Warming.'"
To which I replied, "Who gives a shit? Are you serious? Whatever, la-de-da...
There's a hell of a lot more at stake than fuel costs, but your home-school curriculum probably didn't cover that."
To which Nikki replied, and this is important, "Sorry, Jude. I didn't eat up the crap my professors and media tried to throw down my throat. Maybe you should try using your brain instead of being a carbon copy Global Warming junkie."
Apparently, Nikki attended a college or university of some sort, but decided that she knew more about Global Warming than her professors did. No doubt, her professors told her some things that she didn't want to hear. Never mind that the point of going to school is to learn from people who actually know more than you do about certain topics. Nikki's casual dismissal of her professors is disturbingly consistent with other voices on the Right.
Specifically, I offer the February 7, 2008 posting at LibertyPundit.com as an example of the Right's inability to engage thinking people in a discussion about Global Warming. In this particular post, some Rightard named Brian laments that he had to shovel his driveway more than once in a 24-hour period. According to Brian, this is proof positive that Global Warming is a hoax. Never mind that there is a difference between WEATHER and CLIMATE . LibertyPundit allowed no more than eight (8) comments on this topic when it gutlessly declared that, "As much as I love slapping you libtards from Salon.com around, I'm closing the comments on this one. I don't have the time right now to deal with you guys trying to lecture me about how Algore is a Saint — a SAINT, I tells ya' — who only has our best interests at heart."
For the record, a 60-degree day in Chicago in January no more proves Global Warming than a 60-degree day in August in Chicago disproves Global Warming. Thus the difference between weather and climate. Assuming we still believe in things such as thermometers and satellite images , the effects of Global Warming are very real.
Brian at LiberyPundit apparently doesn't understand that Global Warming might, in fact, create more snow than usual in some regions. If the overall global air temperature is higher and the overall water temperature is higher, then there will be more evaporation. Increased evaporation means that when vapor-saturated air meets with cold air masses moving down form the Arctic, there will be more snow.
Brian never mentioned what university he received his degree in climatology from. Then again, if his attitudes mirror Nikki's at all, he probably doesn't feel the need to be educated before forming his opinion.