Tom Toles by Tom Toles

Tom Toles

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 4 years ago

    Maybe Al Gores 20 room mansion caused Sandy. Btw it’s snowing here.

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 4 years ago

    There really is no point in arguing this issue. Even if it were conclusively proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that the cyclical climate change of the earth was being accelerated and warped by human activity, it would not make an atom’s difference.

    All you would see would be a lot of recrimination and finger-pointing, everybody blaming everyone but themselves, everyone claiming they just “can’t afford” to do anything about it. In this world, short-term and selfish interests will nearly always triumph over long-term collective interests. People will come together and work together to save themselves only when the threat is obvious and immediate, the course to take is crystal clear, and the collective effort doesn’t take too long. The world wars are an example.

    We may in a century or so look with curiosity at images of “the way the world used to be” and wonder if, in theory, the calamaties and losses of the last few decades could have been averted.

    We will only know how real climate change is when it has gone too far for us to really do anything about it, and then we will piously declare that there was nothing we could have about it anyway.

  3. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 4 years ago

    Wait – I think you are missing the point of Tole’s cartoon. Each “extreme” storm that becomes the norm is eating away at climate denial (note the label). No, it’s not a nuanced understanding of AGW, but the deniers don’t have one!

  4. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, almost 4 years ago

    But look at the jobs created.

  5. ssejhill

    ssejhill said, almost 4 years ago

    BASLIM … continue to bury your head in the sand. There obviously is no point in trying to convince someone who refuses to look at all the data that points to global climate change.

  6. meetinthemiddle

    meetinthemiddle said, almost 4 years ago

    To borrow from the summations the climatologists are using to explain it to the rest of us: “When a 100-year storm starts happening every 2 or 3 years, something is wrong.” Also, if there weren’t a warming trend, you’d expect the number of record highs and record lows on any given day in any given town to balance out – except it’s running 2 or 3 to 1 breaking highs instead of lows these days. And that’s with thousands of data points every day across the US.

  7. ronald rini

    ronald rini said, almost 4 years ago

    Yes we are causing some of it but it is giong to happen I has many a times before.ohio was under ice at one time and saudis had trees and animal (how else was the oil made.) THe good point is we pushed back the ice age 10,000 years

  8. moderateisntleft

    moderateisntleft said, almost 4 years ago

    @ssejhill

    I don’t think Baslim is denying climate change. He is judt pointing out that a single event in itself doesn’t prove anything. I would agree that Toles could have made his point better by using the SUM of all the recent extreme weather as better proof of climate change.

  9. corzak

    corzak said, almost 4 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    Any discussion of climate change . . . and some ‘Fox N’ Friend’ is guaranteed to bring out the ol “Al Gore’s mansion”.

    You forgot “Solyndra”, brainless parrot boy.

  10. ninety_nine_percent

    ninety_nine_percent said, almost 4 years ago

    Nice ’toon Tom.

  11. PlainBill

    PlainBill said, almost 4 years ago

    While major storms catch one’s attention, there are many other less obvious events that confirm climate change is occurring. Some, such as the habitable range for plants and animals are much less attention grabbing, but easily observable and occurring for many species. Others are less ‘in your face’ than a hurricane, but the reduced coverage of arctic ice is quite obvious.

  12. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago

    Amen.

  13. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, almost 4 years ago

    the sawteeth are going the wrong way…kickback is coming…
    this from a carpenter

  14. MurphyHerself

    MurphyHerself said, almost 4 years ago

    Umm, the hurricane’s rotating in the wrong direction.

  15. apfelzra

    apfelzra GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    It’s interesting, and somewhat reassuring, to note that climate change deniers, particularly among the educated, are becoming smaller in number — the reverse is not happening. I know of no scientists who formerly believed human industrial activity was contributing to climate change and who now dispute that. Various posters here accurately point out that a single storm does not indicate a worldwide trend (and remember that these phenomena ARE worldwide, not just in North America), the collective data absolutely point to accelerated climate change. Talk about “normal” climate shifts don’t take into account the accelerated rate at which our world climate is changing, and with 7 billion people on this planet (and more to feed in the future) this will have major global political and economic repercussions, none of which have been discussed in this presidential election.

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