Nick Anderson by Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson

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  1. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Geeee, it’s cold outside during winter. What a surprise!! And last summer when we were going thru record heat waves?

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    We should spend billions to figure out why its so cold instead of helping people get jobs and educating our youth.
    Sincerely,
    Democrats.

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    The Polar Vortex, according to several websites including the weather channel and NOAA, is loosely described as an artic ‘hurricane’ where cold temps keep high winds circulating at the North pole. This occurs at the south pole as well, but we are being effected by what is happening to the north right now. Because artic temperatures have been warmer than usual, the vortex is less stable and is breaking off large patches of wind and cold that move south into North America and Northern Europe. NOAA considers this another symptom of climate change caused by global warming. We seem well entrenched into this pattern so, we will have ample opportunity to see if this is a cycle or not.
    Opinion and research supporting the views of deniers is in the minority. A large majority of scientists and gov’t leaders from other nations are, along with folks like me, being lumped into a group made up of fools, idiots, and doomsayers. We are accused of having an agenda at best or being stupid at worst.
    I fear we shall learn who was right and I hope that those who think like me are wrong. For if we are right, and things continue as they are, those who stood in the way of making an effort to slow or reverse this pattern will find themselves suffering the same fate as the rest of us.
    I returned from California last weekend. I saw signs of drought everywhere and the water being used to water the oranges, avocados, almonds, and many other crops by which I drove is coming from many miles away, depleting lakes, reservoirs, and aquifers. I talked to people who make their money off of farming, recreational lakes and canoeing, and they all complained that it has been years since they had sufficient rain and snowmelt.
    And while many said they didn’t used to believe in climate change, they say they do now.
    Nothing makes a believer better than being directly effected by that which was once denied.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    oh please….

    Well ok.

    1. Yes. lib is a label. for a liberal and rather mild at that. now “tea bagger” THAT is a label..LOL

    2. nope can’t do it because I won’t be looking at the congressional record today. HOWEVER, the Obama administration has targeted energy production – specifically the coal industry – with the new and improved “regulations” on CO2 emissions. Much better than any ol’ tax….

    Quit being a fool

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    gee, you sound so….respectful and all.

    It’s a given that the climate changes. Why do we know? Well gee, how about some big examples like the fossils from sea life being found in the arid regions of the world, the evidence of glacial movement in temperate zones, the astounding finds of tropical remains found in arctic environments and so on. Sure all anecdotal but cool none the less. No you don’t have to trot out all the “science” to convince me that the climate is changing.

    Now global warming well…….. OK. I’ve seen the graphs and the studies. Like this one article points to.

    https://www2.ucar.edu/climate/faq/how-much-has-global-temperature-risen-last-100-years

    Averaged over all land and ocean surfaces, temperatures warmed roughly 1.53°F (0.85ºC) from 1880 to 2012, according to the (IPCC)

    Yep gettin’ hot alright.

    Oh I know that a small change has a profound effect on “stuff”.

    So tell me. What exactly is the “perfect” climate? Why does a faster change (the only part of the current hoopla I agree with) mean trouble? Will we be smart enough to understand and prepare for the entire cycle? If you stand in front of a charging water buffalo, can you stop it with one finger on it’s nose? (don’t laugh, I know a kid in Thailand that can…but it IS his buffalo).

    follow the money.

  6. ODon

    ODon said, over 2 years ago

    Doc – I don’t get my information about climate change from Al Sharpton. Nor do I go to the various commentators at Fox.

    The internet allows for a wide search of actual scientific research by actual scientists trained in the various fields of earth science. Research these reports, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  7. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    I have been attempting for past several days to inject a little actual science into the discussion, and I have asked those who don’t believe in the theory of global climate change to post their science in reply. So far I have received zero serious replies from the deniers. Zero. Ziltch. That’s not a single one. I am open to reading serious refutations of the theory. Have a good day — I’m off to work. See you sometime this evening.

  8. michael

    michael GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Its hilarious your link to a “study” showing no global warming was pushing “holistic dentistry” and cancer cures.

  9. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    I always appreciate your remarks.

  10. Radical Centrist

    Radical Centrist said, over 2 years ago

    Who would you prefer to be wrong – the pro-business global warming "skeptics’ or the main body of science which sees global warming as a real problem worthy of our concern and remedial action? One problem is the phrase “global warming”. Think of this diabeties analogy: the problem with this health problem is not simply one of too much blood sugar or too little blood sugar; it’s the complex inability of a diabetic’s body to maintain a stable balance between these two extremes. Therefore, a better phrase for our ecological problem would be “chronic global climate instability”. However, this phrase is probably too complex for most of the masses to comprehend.

  11. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    There is no perfect climate, Bruce. But we are accustomed to making our plans and building our cities based on the climate we have, not the climate we are going to have. That’s the problem.
    If we are going to have far more variable weather, we have to be ready for that. If we are going to have higher water levels — and, along the way, higher tides and more vulnerability in severe weather — we have to be ready for that.
    And if we are going to have more severe weather, we have to be ready for that.
    And if the places we are used to growing wheat and raising meat animals suddenly become less viable — we have to be ready for THAT.
    And we aren’t getting ready for that because (among other reasons) fossil-fuel companies and conservatives in this country (not elsewhere) are fighting discussion of the science tooth and nail.
    The faster the change, the harder to react to it.

  12. jmattadams

    jmattadams GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    … And if the libs had been right about global warming, the world should have burnt to a crisp 40 years ago. Who is it that relies on junk science, or makes it all up as they’re proven wrong, time and again? I’ll give you the answer. It’s the Libby-ruls.

  13. Bob Vious

    Bob Vious said, over 2 years ago

    Look at Glenn McCoy’s today, Nick.

  14. ttbone

    ttbone said, over 2 years ago

    @lonecat

    Here is my personal experience. 5 years ago I took a class at the University of Utah on very large data structures. One of the issues we talked about was that we don’t have a way to process the flood of data that comes in for the weather each day in just small regions of the US. In other words we don’t have the technology to be able to get a day by day reading of what is going on around the world and be able to compare current trends to the past with accuracy on a large scale.
    A few things to also consider. How long have we been able to get and have records of accurate temperatures? I would say we have in a few select areas less than 100 year the rest would be less than 50. That is not much data to work with to get a good understanding of what a climate is. (we would need 100 or so years of good data from around the world to begin to understand a climate) We also know that there are many events that cause changes in the climates around the world. (Volcanoes, Forest Fires, Changes with the Sun …)
    Does that data that we have right now seem to trend upward? With the tiny bit of data we have, yes it does. Are humans causing this? We don’t know.

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    It may please you to know, Lifebyc, that there are many people who read the editorial comics AND the comments under them. For many reasons, they choose not to make comments of their own, but after I posted my sanesaint@hotmail.com email, created to carry on conversations after the cartoons are gone and for folks who want to avoid extremist comments from either side, I received a number of emails from people who just wanted to say hello and thank me for my tone, even when they don’t agree with me.
    What we write is being read, and how we write it makes the readers decide how seriously to take us. You are not wasting your keystrokes if you are presenting a valid opinion in a civil and respectful manner.
    I hope 2014 gives you cause for optimism, hope, and many chances to laugh with friends and family. Whenever a person smiles, both hemispheres of the brain open to the maximum capacity according to a JAMA study. Open some minds and create some smiles.
    @ LisaPaloma13 - Thank you.
    @ Bruce4671 - Thank you as well. I may not always have my facts straight, but I do strive for civility and respect even when wrong.
    @ Jeff Kiser - If I read your comment correctly, you are optimistic that our climate is not approaching a ‘tipping point’. If so, I sincerely hope you are correct and look forward to a day where I can gleefully claim I was worried about nothing. Thank you for your tone and presentation. I will read it again when time permits.
    Respectfully,
    C.

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