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Fired Up! Missouri - Global Warming http://firedupmissouri.com/taxonomy/term/329/0 en Today in Headlines That Don't Need Question Marks http://firedupmissouri.com/content/headlines-dont-need-question-marks <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2231/5701658074_7c2f2b04c4_m.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 134px; " />The headline for <a href="http://blogs.news-leader.com/mopolitics/2011/11/09/blunt-iffy-on-global-warming/">this News-Leader post</a> by <strong>Deirdre Shesgreen </strong>reads,&nbsp;&quot;Blunt iffy on cause of global warming?&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Why the question mark? &nbsp;Roy Blunt is firmly on the record stating that human beings have nothing to do with climate change and global warming. &nbsp;From a <a href="http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=31656">Human Events interview</a> during his Senate campaign:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told HUMAN EVENTS Editor Jed Babbin that Republicans accept that the climate is changing, but added,&nbsp;<strong>&ldquo;There isn&rsquo;t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth.&rdquo;</strong>&nbsp; Asked if Republicans would offer a substitute for the Dems&rsquo; bill [to address carbon pollution and climate change], Blunt said no.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>This positions is, of course, <a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/roy-blunt-there-isn%E2%80%99t-any-real-science-say-we-are-altering-climate-path-earth">dumb</a>. Blunt&#39;s positions&nbsp;has everything to do with protecting polluters and avoiding action to limit climate change -- it has nothing to do with science. &nbsp;</p> Big Oil Climate Change Global Warming Roy Blunt Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:12:32 +0000 .Sean 14858 at http://firedupmissouri.com Akin, Emerson, Graves, Hartzler, Long & Luetkmeyer Deny Global Warming is Real http://firedupmissouri.com/content/akin-emerson-graves-hartzler-long-luetkmeyer-deny-global-warming-real <p><a target="_blank" href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/04/07/house_denies_global_warming_is_real.html"><img height="398" class="noside" width="500" alt="" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_qFYHPlHedgY/TI6CkXvHvRI/AAAAAAAAD54/JV6FOXJUBuk/s640/head-in-sand.jpg" /></a></p> <p>Missouri's entire GOP delegation in the U.S. House <a target="_blank" href="http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/154445-house-votes-down-climate-science-amendment">voted against</a> a very simple amendment yesterday &quot;that would have put the chamber on record backing the widely held scientific view that global warming is occurring and humans are a major cause.&quot;&nbsp; The proposed amended was very simple:</p> <blockquote><p>Congress accepts the scientific findings of the Environmental Protection Agency that climate changes is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.</p> </blockquote> <p>That was it.&nbsp; <strong>Todd Akin</strong>, <strong>Jo Ann Emerson</strong>, <strong>Sam Graves</strong>, <strong>Vicky Hartzler</strong>, <strong>Blaine Luetkemeyer </strong>and <strong>Billy Long </strong><a target="_blank" href="http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll236.xml">all voted against it</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; Reps. Cleaver, Clay and Carnahan all supported the presumably noncontroversial statement.</p> <p>h/t <a target="_blank" href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/04/07/house_denies_global_warming_is_real.html">Political Wire</a></p> Billy Long Blaine Luetkemeyer Climate Change Flat Earthers Global Warming Sam Graves Todd Akin Vicky Hartzler Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:24:55 +0000 .Sean 13889 at http://firedupmissouri.com Luetkemeyer Emerges as National Poster Boy for GOP's Flat Earth Society http://firedupmissouri.com/content/luetkemeyer-emerges-national-poster-boy-gops-flat-earth-society <p><a href="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2011/02/21/the-deniers-progress/"><img width="165" height="255" class="rightside" alt="" src="http://www.waronscience.com/images/cover_intro.jpg" />Chris Mooney</a>, author of the bestselling book,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.waronscience.com/">The Republican War on Science</a>, responds to<a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/mopedia/blaine-luetkemeyer"> <strong>Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer's</strong></a> efforts to end U.S. funding for the United Nations' climate change research:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>Time was when I, and many others tracking and critiquing the climate &quot;skeptics,&quot; would linger on their&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=the_manufacture_of_uncertainty">manufacture of uncertainty</a>, their sowing and&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.merchantsofdoubt.org/">merchandising of doubt</a>.&nbsp;&ldquo;Doubt is our product,&rdquo; as the infamous tobacco memo put it....</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s not really what you see out there anymore. A decision to defund the IPCC, rather than attack or criticize it, doesn&rsquo;t bespeak a strategy of doubt-mongering. It signals extreme certainty that one is right, that we don&rsquo;t even need to consider (skeptically or otherwise) any more new results from climate scientists...</p> <p>The logic now appears to be: &quot;There was this thing called the IPCC whose findings were dubious and repeatedly called into question. Then came &ldquo;Climategate,&rdquo; which validated our suspicions, proving that the IPCC (and all the science it produced) was utterly corrupt. Thus, there is nothing to global warming but a cesspool of politicized science, and it can all be dismissed. No need even to spend taxpayer dollars studying it any longer.&quot; (Interestingly, it appears that Rep. Luetkemeyer, who&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=26&amp;sectiontree=6,26&amp;itemid=644">sponsored the anti-IPCC amendment</a>, has&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=26&amp;sectiontree=6,26&amp;itemid=644)%20(http://www.wwfblogs.org/climate/content/house-passes-bill-to-strip-IPCC-funding-19feb2011">exaggerated how much money the U.N. body receives</a>&nbsp;from the U.S. government by a factor of 5 or more.)...</p> <div>Where we once had climate &ldquo;skeptics&rdquo;&mdash;always preserving the scare quotes--now we really do have deniers.</div> </blockquote> <p>Read Mooney's full post on Luetkemeyer's budget amendment <a target="_blank" href="http://www.desmogblog.com/denialists-progress-doubt-mongering-certainty">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>h/t <a href="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2011/02/21/the-deniers-progress/">Discover Magazine</a></p> Blaine Luetkemeyer Climate Change Climate Deniers Flat Earthers Global Warming Science Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:58:01 +0000 .Sean 13518 at http://firedupmissouri.com Still Making Us Proud: Luetkemeyer Resumes Attacks on UN. Climate Change Research http://firedupmissouri.com/content/still-making-us-proud-luetkemeyer-resumes-attacks-un-climate-change-research <p><strong><img class="rightside" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/5436871870_dd5e3fae95_m.jpg" />Blaine Luetkemeyer</strong> <a href="http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=26&amp;itemid=639">announced today</a> that he is re-introducing legislation that he says would prohibit the US from &quot;contributing to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an organization fraught with waste and engaged in dubious science.&quot;&#160; Luetkemeyer introduced similar legislation in the lass Congress, <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:1:./temp/~bdJldG:@@@P|/home/LegislativeData.php?n=BSS;c=111|">winning the support</a> of fellow luminaries like <strong>Michele Bachmann</strong>, <strong>Todd Akin</strong>, <strong>Steve King</strong> and <strong>Joe Barton</strong>. </p> <p>This move should shock no one.&#160; Luetkemeyer has a long history of <a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/luetkemeyer-repeats-false-1700year-claim-about-climate-legislation">completely misrepresenting scientific data about climate change</a>, and believing <a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/blaine-luetkemeyer-still-smarter-you">&quot;man-made global change is nonsense.&quot;</a>&#160; </p> <p>Here's what the Post-Dispatch wrote in July 2009 about his embarrassing work in Washington on issues of climate change and clean energy policy.&#160; </p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_121c1793-a13e-5eb4-91ff-af6da1fb4304.html?print=1"><strong>JUST BLAINE WRONG</strong></a><strong> <br /></strong><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_121c1793-a13e-5eb4-91ff-af6da1fb4304.html?print=1"><strong>REP. LUETKEMEYER FLUNKS SCIENCE - AND BASIC MATH, TOO.</strong></a></p> <p>Last year's global average temperature was the 10th warmest since 1850. In fact, eight of the past 10 years, and 13 of the last 14, are among the warmest on record.</p> <p>So naturally, Blaine Luetkemeyer, a Republican member of Congress from Missouri's 9th district, has concluded: &quot;We are undergoing a period of worldwide cooling.&quot;</p> <p>Mr. Luetkemeyer, of St. Elizabeth in Miller County, was a farmer, insurance man, banker, state representative and state tourism director before being elected to Congress last November. His college degree is in political science, not climate science.</p> <p>Nevertheless, he has now proclaimed the data behind concern over global warming to be &quot;international junk science.&quot;</p> <p>Last week, he introduced a bill that would prohibit U.S. financial contributions to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's most authoritative scientific body. The <a name="ORIGHIT_2"></a><a name="HIT_2"></a>IPCC won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for compiling and publishing mountains of scientific data on global climate change.</p> <p>But Mr. Luetkemeyer - who freely admits he hasn't read any of it - thinks its junk science.</p> <!--break--> <p>The good news is that his bill will go nowhere; as a freshman member of the minority party, Mr. Luetkemeyer has very little influence. The bad news is his bill is an embarrassment - to himself, his constituents and the rest of Missouri</p> <p>The graph below charts global average temperatures over time. It's true that average temperature during each of the past three years was slightly lower than in 2005. That's what scientists call annual temperature fluctuation.</p> <p>But to anyone who can actually read a graph - a group that apparently doesn't include Mr. Luetkemeyer - the larger trend is unmistakable.</p> <p>The 1990s were the warmest decade since at least 1850. Yet 2008 - the year Mr. Luetkemeyer says proves &quot;we are undergoing a period of worldwide cooling&quot; - was warmer than all but two years of the 1990s.</p> <p>The Arctic ice pack is shrinking by about 12 percent per decade. Greenland is losing at least 36 cubic miles of ice cover each year. Sea levels are rising. The reason: Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are at their highest levels in at least 650,000 years.</p> <p>Just since 1950, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by about 35 percent.</p> <p>Last week, Mr. Luetkemeyer issued a press release to trumpet his ignorance. He claimed that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has &quot;debunked global warming theory.&quot; In fact, the EPA global warming web site links to the very U.N. agency for which Mr. Luetkemeyer would cut funding.</p> <p>He claims that &quot;more than 700 international scientists&quot; have signed a report disputing global climate change. Some of the 700 are legitimate scientific contrarians. But one of them is Chris Allen, a weatherman at a Kentucky TV station. He has no college degree; the only &quot;scientific articles&quot; he's ever written are on the station's weather blog. Another is Edward Blick, a Biblical creationist from Oklahoma who believes the earth is less than 10,000 years old and &quot;global warming is hatred against humanity.&quot;</p> <p>Mr. Luetkemeyer told Post-Dispatch reporter Bill Lambrecht that &quot;the <a name="ORIGHIT_3"></a><a name="HIT_3"></a>IPCC has 50-some scientists.&quot; But the latest <a name="ORIGHIT_4"></a><a name="HIT_4"></a>IPCC report was the product of &quot;more than 500 lead authors and 2,000 expert reviewers&quot; and summarizes the findings of thousands more researchers.</p> <p>That fact can be found in the preface of the document Mr. Luetkemeyer dismisses as junk science. This proves that on little, easy-to-check facts, just as on big, complicated issues of climate science, Mr. Luetkemeyer is just Blaine wrong.</p> </blockquote> Blaine Luetkemeyer Climate Change Climate Deniers Flat Earthers Global Warming Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:29:47 +0000 .Sean 13454 at http://firedupmissouri.com LOLZ Global Warming is Hilarious??!! http://firedupmissouri.com/content/lolz-global-warming-hilarious <p>If Republicans and their donors hadn't spent enormous sums of time and money in recent years misinforming and confusing the public about the reality of global warming and climate change, <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/#!/JoAnnEmerson/status/34651014191644673">this tweet</a> from <strong>Rep. Jo Ann Emerson </strong> might be funny.&nbsp;</p> <p>But they have, and it isn't.</p> <p><img class="noside" alt="" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5132/5425690976_365b72cfba.jpg" /></p> <p>Emeron's tweet is part of a proud tradition here in Missouri. &nbsp;Leaders in the MOGOP have done way more than their share to advance the causes of their polluting special interests.&nbsp; Here's just a sampling:</p> <ul> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/roy-blunt-there-isn%E2%80%99t-any-real-science-say-we-are-altering-climate-path-earth"><strong>Sen. Roy Blunt</strong></a> believes &quot;there isn&rsquo;t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth.&quot;</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/facepalm"><strong>Rep. Billy Long</strong></a> says &quot;there&rsquo;s always changing and nobody really knows if it [climate change and global warming] has anything to do with man or not..the science I&rsquo;ve says it does not.&quot;</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/facepalm"><strong>Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer</strong></a><strong> </strong>says &ldquo;that human emissions of carbon are causing our climate to change has been proven very doubtful at the most by the sound science that&rsquo;s being promoted at the present time.&quot;</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/facepalm"><strong>Rep. Todd Akin</strong></a> says he's &quot;not convinced of the soundness of the science of climate change.&quot;&nbsp;</li> <li>Senate candidate <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/facepalm"><strong>Ed Martin</strong></a> thinks &quot;the climate change debate has been now discredited in the sense that the ideological interests involved and the special interests involved have been shown to be corrupt.&quot;</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/facepalm"><strong>Rep. Vicky Hartzler</strong></a> says &quot;a lot of data I&rsquo;ve seen shows that perhaps we don&rsquo;t even have global warming.</li> <li>Gubernatorial candidate <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/today-pdk-science-behind-global-warming-discredited"><strong>Peter Kinder</strong></a> says the &quot;science behind global warming is discredited&quot;</li> </ul> <!--break--><!--break--><p>Following their lead, <strong>Rep. Mike Kelley</strong> (R-Lamar) <a target="_blank" href="http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150096254801969&amp;comments">posted similar silliness</a> on his Facebook page last week. &quot;Global Warming???? I bet Mr. Gore is really confused!&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150096254801969&amp;comments"><img class="noside" alt="" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5258/5425698998_5a049af93c.jpg" /></a></p> <p>How awesome??!!</p> Climate Change Climate Deniers Flat Earthers Global Warming GOP Extremism Jo Ann Emerson Mike Kelley Mon, 07 Feb 2011 18:04:43 +0000 .Sean 13422 at http://firedupmissouri.com FOX Editor Directed Staff to Undermine Climate Science http://firedupmissouri.com/content/fox-editor-directed-staff-undermine-climate-science <p><a target="_blank" href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/201012150004">Media Matters has uncovered a Fox <strike>News</strike> memo documenting what we already knew</a>: &quot;In the midst of global climate change talks last December, a top Fox News official sent an email questioning the 'veracity of climate change data' and ordering the network's journalists to 'refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question.' ... Contrary to [Washington managing editor Bill] Sammon's email, the increase in global temperatures over the last half-century is an established fact. As the National Climatic Data Center <a href="http://mediamatters.org/rd?to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncdc.noaa.gov%2Ffaqs%2Fclimfaq14.html">explains</a>, the warming trend 'is apparent in all of the independent methods of calculating global temperature change' and 'is also confirmed by other independent observations.'</p> Climate Change Flat Earthers Fox News Global Warming Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:31:20 +0000 .Sean 13110 at http://firedupmissouri.com Blunt Featured In LCV Spoof: "Flat Earth TV" http://firedupmissouri.com/content/blunt-featured-lcv-spoof-flat-earth-tv <p>The League of Conservation Voters launched a new website and web video today at <a href="http://www.flatearth.tv/" target="_blank">FlatEarth.tv</a> focusing on the incredible refusal of Republican candidates to come to terms with basic science about climate change and global warming.&nbsp; “These candidates are full-fledged global warming deniers and in most cases, are backed by Big Oil and other corporate polluters,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski.&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>Roy Blunt's </strong>April 2009 statement to Human Events, <a href="http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=31656" target="_blank">&quot;There isn&rsquo;t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth,&quot;</a> is featured prominently in the spoof.&nbsp; Watch it: </p> <object width="510" height="311"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/fdFrpXMQXSk?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/fdFrpXMQXSk?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="510" height="311"></embed></object><!--break--><!--break--> Ads Climate Change Flat Earthers Global Warming GOP Extremism League of Conservation Voters Roy Blunt Tue, 21 Sep 2010 14:57:15 +0000 .Sean 12594 at http://firedupmissouri.com Head in the Sand: Martin Calls Global Warming Science "Garbage" http://firedupmissouri.com/content/heads-sand-martin-calls-global-warming-science-garbage <p>Not caring about the world we live in is a conservative value.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/ed4congress/statuses/24794496338"><img width="494" height="54" alt="" class="noside" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5001161144_88b41aff75.jpg" /></a></p> CD3 Climate Change Ed Martin Flat Earthers Global Warming GOP Extremism Sat, 18 Sep 2010 12:33:48 +0000 .Sean 12575 at http://firedupmissouri.com Heads In The Sand http://firedupmissouri.com/content/heads-sand <p><a href="http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/gop-senate-deniers/#mo" target="_blank"><img class="rightside" src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_qFYHPlHedgY/TI6CkXvHvRI/AAAAAAAAD54/JV6FOXJUBuk/s288/head-in-sand.jpg" width="235" height="187" /> Depressing stuff from ThinkProgress</a>: "A comprehensive Wonk Room survey of the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate finds that nearly all dispute the scientific consensus that the United States must act to fight global warming pollution...Remarkably, of the dozens of Republicans vying for the 37 Senate seats in the 2010 election, only one — Rep. Mike Castle of Delaware — supports climate action. Even former climate advocates Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) now toe the science-doubting party line."</p> <p>As you probably know by now, <strong>Roy Blunt</strong> believes "There <strong><a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/roy-blunt-there-isn%E2%80%99t-any-real-science-say-we-are-altering-climate-path-earth" target="_blank">isn’t any real science</a></strong> to say we are altering the climate path of the earth."</p> <p>Blunt, of course, is <a href="http://www.factcheck.org/society/can_you_prevent_global_warming.html" target="_blank">completely</a>, <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2010/06/scientists-overwhelmingly-believe-in-man-made-climate-change/1" target="_blank">totally wrong</a> in this belief. </p> <p><em>Image credit: </em><a href="http://blog.cleanenergy.org/2009/04/21/no-we-cant-a-tired-refrain-about-renewable-energy-in-georgia/" target="_blank"><em>CleanEnergy.org</em></a></p> Climate Change Climate Deniers Flat Earthers Global Warming Roy Blunt Science Mon, 13 Sep 2010 19:59:55 +0000 .Sean 12527 at http://firedupmissouri.com LCV Prez: "If Climate Skeptics Win In November, Things Don't Look Good For Earth" http://firedupmissouri.com/content/lcv-prez-if-climate-skeptics-win-november-things-dont-look-good-earth <p>A <a target="_blank" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/07/AR2010090706091.html">letter to the editor</a> 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, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/roy-blunt-there-isn%E2%80%99t-any-real-science-say-we-are-altering-climate-path-earth">first highlighted here</a> on Fired Up! last April:</p> <blockquote><p>Stephen Stromberg's Sept. 3 PostPartisan commentary, &quot;<a href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/09/why_we_should_all_mourn_lisa_m.html">A downside to Murkowski's exit</a>,&quot; 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.</p> <p>[For example]...Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt said, &quot;There isn't any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the Earth.&quot;</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <!--break--><!--break--><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=31656">Blunt's denial</a> of humans' role in climate change was published by the uberconservatives at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=31656">Human Events</a> on April 29, 2009:</p> <blockquote><p>Republicans -- despite the confusion generated by a <i>Politico</i> story last week -- aren&rsquo;t going to offer a substitute [clean energy and climate bill]. They don&rsquo;t want to be caught in another &ldquo;Dem-lite&rdquo; position.&nbsp;</p> <p>House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told HUMAN EVENTS Editor Jed Babbin that Republicans accept that the climate is changing, but added, &ldquo;There isn&rsquo;t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth.&rdquo;&nbsp; Asked if Republicans would offer a substitute for the Dems&rsquo; bill, Blunt said no.&nbsp;</p> <p>He added that the Democrats&rsquo; bill would raise everyone&rsquo;s electricity bills and make the nation less competitive.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s enough to make anyone walk away,&rdquo; Blunt said.</p> </blockquote> <p>Blunt is obviously (very) misinformed about the state of scientific research and opinion.&nbsp; A recent survey in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences </em>found that <a target="_blank" href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2010/06/scientists-overwhelmingly-believe-in-man-made-climate-change/1"><strong>97 percent</strong> of scientists say man-made climate change is real</a>.&nbsp; As <a target="_blank" href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2010/06/scientists-overwhelmingly-believe-in-man-made-climate-change/1">summarized in USA Today</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Forget the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf_Jk1zLisg">four out of five dentists who recommend Trident</a>&hellip;. Try the 97 out of 100 scientists that believe in man-made climate change.</p> <p>This data comes from a new survey out this week in the <em><a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/06/04/1003187107.abstract">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>.</em></p> <p>The study found that 97 percent of scientific experts agree that climate change is &quot;very likely&quot; caused mainly by human activity.</p> <p>The report is based on questions posed to 1,372 scientists. Nearly all the experts agreed that it is &quot;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.&quot;</p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/weather/graphics/2008-04-14-global-warming-graphic_N.htm">here for an interactive graphic</a> that shows how global warming occurs.</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p>Ah, reality.</p> <p>----------------</p> <p><em>Image credit: </em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.performanceboats.com/html/youBoat/showphoto.php?photo=19192"><em>PerformanceBoats.com</em></a></p> Climate Change Climate Deniers Flat Earth Global Warming Wed, 08 Sep 2010 13:48:35 +0000 .Sean 12494 at http://firedupmissouri.com