Looking from a narrow perspective, all sides of the political spectrum are competing for high stakes in the presidential campaign.
For liberals, a defeat in the November election portends dark times for the American welfare state, as top marginal tax rates are slashed, while our nations' unemployed schoolteachers turn to a life of meth production and psychopathy. For conservatives, an Obama re-election means a future in which illegal aliens will have union jobs installing solar panels on the backs of small business owners.
But both sides should take a deep breath because according to yet another study, none of this matters, as we are doomed to massive droughts, freak weather events, crop failures and climate-caused social instability regardless of who wins the next election.
The latest work comes from Richard Muller, a physicist and self-proclaimed skeptic of climate change, who started up the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature in 2010 in order to get better data about just how fucked we really are. The funding for the project included $150,000 from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, set up by that lovable climate skeptic and all-around plutocratic caricature.
So, fancy pants physicist, are humans responsible for rising temperatures or did Jesus just forget to turn down the thermostat?
Call me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I'm now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause…
Our results show that the average temperature of the earth's land has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.
Cheer up, whatever side of the political spectrum you're on! Maybe the candidate you oppose will cause some harm in the short-term, but it hardly matters because we are causing irreparable long-term damage to the Earth anyway.
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