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  1. Joadtom

    Joadtom said, 5 months ago

    Bad premiss… Contrary to what many people believe, fossil fuels and natural oil drawn from the earth are not formed from dinosaur fossils.

  2. Enoki

    Enoki said, 5 months ago

    … As opposed to the Climate Change propaganda… Godzilla versus Mothra maybe?

  3. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 5 months ago

    The denialists are getting progressively wilder and more irrational — necessarily, since rational thought clearly leads to the conclusion that global warming is happening and it is largely due to human influence. Sad, really.

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 5 months ago

    @Harleyquinn

    Oh, yeah, so I’m going to trust a newspaper run by Rupert Murdoch, who specifically told people to deny global warming? Nice try. The real data are considerably more compelling than this article.

  5. Nantucket19

    Nantucket19 said, 5 months ago

    @motivemagus

    The reason the deniers keep using the 15-16 year timeline is because that was right after El Nino, which caused a large upward tic in temps. Using a longer timeline shows that global warming trends have been continuing for quite some time.

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 5 months ago

    There seems to be an attitude among climate change deniers that harkens back to a line used by Richard Pryor. “Are you going to believe me, or your lying eyes?”
    When Sandy was approaching the US Northeast, a low lying tunnel was considered to be at risk. If flooded, a much larger section of the NY subway system would be submerged than what occurred. A five foot wall was erected, but scientists told the city engineers that if the storm surge was as predicted, that would be three feet short. The wall was raised to 8’6", and the water rose to 8’.
    Because the city listened to scientists, billions of dollars were saved and a much smaller section of the subway system had to be closed
    .
    192 nations at the Copenhagen Conference agreed that climate change is real. The majority of nations at Kyoto agreed climate change is real. Over 90% of weather professionals believe climate change is real. More and more US farmers are coming to believe that climate change is effecting their industry. The gov of Illinois said this weeks late outbreak of tornadoes was the worst in that state’s history. The Missouri tornado of last summer was the most powerful on record. The hurricane/typhoon that struck the Philippines was the most powerful on record. I could go on with such lists.
    Weather scientists warned Illinois and other states of the risk of the tornado outbreak, and because people and first responders listened, preparations were made and lives were saved.
    There is a time coming when even the most hardcore denier will be effected by these changes. Perhaps it will be rising insurance costs to protect property, rising costs of food, or worse – a flood, hurricane, tornado, firestorm, or blizzards. Perhaps it will be the sudden influx of refugees from low lying islands or even low lying US towns and cities on the coast.
    In Va, if a storm is declared a Tropical Depression, my deductible for my home owner’s insurance goes up from the flat $2000 it usually is, to 5% of my home’s value. In New Jersey and many communities along the shores of our Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico, people are having to leave their homes and small businesses because insurance costs have risen to unaffordable levels. These people are losing money and having to depend on gov’t assistance as they look for work in our stagnant job market, and look for homes with no livable income with which to purchase or even rent.
    The legend says King Canute of Denmark had his throne placed beside the sea and ordered the tide not to invade his land. Some say it was from arrogance, and some say it was to prove to flattering courtiers that kings were not all powerful.
    We are not all powerful, and the tides are rising
    . The sooner we accept that truth, the sooner we can tell our legislators that we need long term plans to prepare for this, or a plan to reverse it.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  7. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    @motivemagus

    The denialists don’t want to get caught in their grand lie- they don’t care about anyone’s kids, including their own; they just want to make their own lives easier and more comfortable at the expense of others.

  8. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    There are some who know how to use scientific literature and evaluate methodology and data,and some who don’t….

  9. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Excellent post, CD!
    (And now I have to look at my homeowner’s policy to see what isn’t covered that I thought was.)

  10. Ruff, release Dr. C and Ahab.

    Ruff, release Dr. C and Ahab. GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    @ansonia

    Care to look at some unbiased statistics? Try this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Climate_science_opinion2.png

  11. NeoconMan

    NeoconMan said, 5 months ago

    @ansonia

    ansonia said, “There is some “scientific literature” that is scientific, and some that is not.”


    That’s right. Scientific literature is not scientific; only the anti-science literature is scientific.

  12. r2varney

    r2varney said, 5 months ago

    It is a given that there is “Climate Change”. Nothing is static.. and the climate is either getting warmer or colder.
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    Is it influenced by man?
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    Of course.. Every time you breath.. cook something.. heat your house.. turn on a light.. cool your house.. start your car.. use your computer.. you have created heat that would not have been created in your absence.
    So.. does it matter in the big picture?. Who knows but it is a fact that that fire you use for cooking or keeping yourself warm is generating heat… All those appliances that you like to use and make your life simpler.. used heat to be manufactured.
    -
    Want to do something about it.. stop having children.. stop being a consumer and live in a cave scavenging road kill.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    Just a note on “storm activity”. That the “tornado season” has been coming earlier in Spring, and this November streak are because of changing thermal and climate conditions, not a problem says the Koch Brothers crowd.


    It IS kinda’ fascinating that the David Koch foundation contributes to PBS’s “Nova” series, while the Koch’s are spending FAR MORE to discredit any factual science coming out to the public with regard to the damage their industry is causing.


    Once again, regarding their propaganda programs, it might be worth noting that their daddy was a co-founder of the John Birch Society, and the TEA party/ “denier” machine operates with the same techniques.

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 5 months ago

    @ansonia

    Ansonia – one has to choose to whom one should listen. Where is the advantage for gov’ts and peoples to be concerned about climate change? Who profits when costly and difficult choices are made in order to avoid the perceived threat of rising seas, droughts, and increasingly dangerous weather?
    There is a great deal of corporate money financing opinions that downplay the threat of climate change. Companies who do not wish to comply with air, water, and food regulations see climate change as the cost of doing business and making profits. It is these people who ask us, “Are you going to trust us, or your lying eyes?” Like too many short sighted people, they think more about profits and choose to believe that “science” will save us. There are others who believe that once they are dead and gone, it doesn’t matter what happens to the rest of us.
    I believe we are supposed to be caretakers of this world, if not for God, then for the children who will inherit it from us. I suggest you are allowing yourself to be fooled by people who do not have your interests in mind, and who do not care about the kind of world in which our children will live.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  15. Sharuniboy

    Sharuniboy GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    Ah! Yes! “There is some ‘scientific literature’ that is scientific, and some that is not.”, one poster tells us. What the poster NEVER HAS TOLD US is, simply, what REAL qualifications that poster has to evaluate which is which. Are there any?
    ^
    @Respectful Troll,
    You do, of course, realize you are posting intelligent, constructive, and well thought out messages to what amounts to a gaggle of parrots, who are totally incapable of ever even beginning to understand them. Don’t you?
    ^
    In one paragraph you said, " . . . over 90% . . .." To which the response came: “Actually, the left says its 97% . . . .” Which is nothing more than a total non sequitur, since 97 is – and always has been – “over 90” (or more than 90); but, the remark did include reference to “the left”, which the poster seems to believe is supposed to mean something that refutes the presenation in your work. Why waste time, effort, and energy trying to deal with that kind of nonsense?
    ^
    The simple truth remains: Those who don’t want to learn won’t. And, those who know all there is to know about everything already, can’t. And, SCIENCE, is a rather CONSTANT matter of LEARNING.

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