Global warming on other planets? Don’t be a dumb bunny


Do you weary, as I do, of global warming disbelievers* who say, with a straight face, that global warming is no problem on Earth because other planets in our solar system are also warming?

I mean, they say it as if there were a connection, as if it meant anything — does it weary you?

Eli Rabett is doing the hard-but-necessary academic task of combing through the official responses EPA scientists gave to comments on their proposals to regulate greenhouse gases.  Such regulations must be published in the Federal Register, and upon publication they must be open to public comment for a while, usually at least 30 days.

Ain’t our democratic republic wonderful?  Agencies are required to answer the comments, even stupid comments, even stupid comments from political hacks bent on making political points instead of shining light.

And, Eli has teased out EPA’s responses to the claims that warming on Earth is no problem because there is warming on other planets, so we can blame warming on God or the Sun, and do nothing.

Um, EPA doesn’t think so.  Read it here, at Eli’s burrow.

(I’ll wager Eli is one who knows his burro from a burrow.)

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*  “Disbelievers?”  Still searching for a word to substitute for “denialist” which doesn’t offend the denialists, but doesn’t let them off the hook for being silly, either.

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2 Responses to Global warming on other planets? Don’t be a dumb bunny

  1. Colm McGinn says:

    Fatal missing word department:

    It does mean something, this “because other planets in our solar system are also warming?”

    There might be a cycle of increased activity, and increased insolation on earth and the other planets. But the denialists are not really interested in the observable science, (though they delude themselves that they are), they are seeking confirmation of their pre-existing prejudice, that humans have only tiny effect, and therefore life can continue as usual, as a consumerist society.

    Whereas, of course, commonsense caution would suggest the oppopsite. Better start saving up for this inclement weather.

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  2. Colm McGinn says:

    It does mean something, this “because other planets in our solar system are also warming?”

    There might be a cycle of increased activity, and increased insolation on earth and the other planets. But the denialists are really interested in the observable science, (though they delude themselves that they are), they are seeking confirmation of their pre-existing prejudice, that humans have only tiny effect, and therefore life can continue as usual, as a consumerist society.

    Whereas, of course, commonsense caution would suggest the oppopsite. Better start saving up for this inclement weather.

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