Tom Toles by Tom Toles

Tom Toles

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  1. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    Or do you really not know what causes tornadoes?

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 3 years ago

    Notice the difference between what the cartoon says: that a record-breaking storm may or may not have to do with changing climate patterns; and what Toles’ enemies PRETEND the cartoon is saying so that they can attack him: that human policies are driving unprecendented global warming and thus creating super storms and super tornados.

    It is so much easier to mock someone when you get to make up his positions and words rather than sticking to what he really says.

    The world is getting warmer, as such things are measured, but for any given spot, that might mean colder or hotter, wetter or dryer, depending on what else is going on. That’s why “climate change” is a better term than “global warming”.

    Notice that “the climate is always changing” get used a lot. If crime rates go up, we don’t shrug and say “there always has been crime, always will be.” If the poverty rate goes up, we don’t say “the poor will always be with you.” If acts of terrorism get more frequent, we don’t say “we’ll always have enemies.” If infectious disease rates go up, we don’t shrug and say, “people are always getting sick.” We look for a cause. But when the climate shifts, and storms and droughts come along such as we’ve not seen on record, we are branded as fools if we even bother to ask why.

    Personally, I don’t know if any of this has been influenced by human activity. The vast majority of those who have devoted their professional careers as scientists studying the question seem to think we have had a role in this. But they could still could be wrong! I don’t know. But certainly if the experts don’t know, then neither does anyone else. And anyone who claims they know, is obviously full of hot air (to be polite). Asserting that there is NO man-made climate change is NOT being skeptical or being careful. It is being stupid. Being skeptical is admitting that all those scientists MIGHT be wrong.

    If 90% of weathermen tell you a big storm is heading your way, and 10% tell you not to worry about it, is it smart to dismiss the 90% and take no precautions? But foolish ideologues don’t play odds, and don’t believe in skepticism: they KNOW.

  3. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago


    I know that the deniers of Rapid Global Climate Change keep saying that human activity has nothing to do with RGCC as such changes have occurred in the past naturally (and in some cases have supposedly been even worse). The problem with our current situation is not whether or not this has occurred in the past naturally, but the time element in which it occurred then and now. In geologic terms those natural changes in the past indeed occurred relatively fast, but geological time lines run into the millions of years, so relatively fast in those terms still means thousands of years. And the latest changes (which are as bad as most naturally occurring changes in the past) have occurred just since the beginning of the industrial age only some 150 or so years ago. THAT is the reasoning behind most scientists stating that these latest changes are indeed to a great deal caused by human industrial activity.

    And even that is not the total problem here. Hopefully, it is not already too late to at least slow this process down by not nearly burning as much hydro carbons into our relatively delicate atmosphere. One of the major items that humanity must NOW take stock of is the slow but steadily increasing violence that Rapid Global Climate Change is placing into our world. This is not merely a question of cost and inconvenience, but one of actual survival in such a more violent world. Or am I being too logical, reasonable, and therefore somewhat obtuse for some of our more virulent deniers here?

  4. parkerfields

    parkerfields GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Oh no, a tornado. Must be global warming. Oh no, there is a Bengazi fiasco. Must be global warming. Oh no, the IRS is abusing its powers. Must be global warming. Oh no, we are heading toward another recession. Must be global warming. Oh no, the temperatures are getting colder. Must be global warming. Oh no, we are having fewer hurricanes. Must be global warming. Oh no, we are having more hurricanes. Must be global warming. When will the fanatics realize that when analyzed, the truth does not support all of the claims of global warming (or the revised version of global warming – climate change). It is all a big hoax to force people to spend money and let a few fanatics control us.

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    At one point in time people thought the Earth was flat and physically located at the center of the universe. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, people believed tobacco and cocaine might be beneficial to your health. As technology improved, (most) people came to accept their earlier beliefs were wrong. Technology has improved immensely since the 1970s. Scientists have learned so much in the last 40 years.

    My point is the article you point to, much like most of your posts, is utterly irrelevant.

  6. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 3 years ago


    well stated.

  7. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 3 years ago


    I like your argument. It’s the same logic people use to convince others of the existence of God.

  8. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago


    Not only does ConserveGov not know what causes tornadoes, he doesn’t care. As long as industry can find profits in destroying our only planet, conservatives will deny any number of proven facts or inconvenient truths that stand in the way. They are truly short-sighted and dangerous people.

  9. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 3 years ago

    Exxon-Mobil acknowledges that man-made global climate change exists, and advocate a carbon tax.

    But everyone knows that the Exxon-Mobil Corporation is just a bunch of left-wing tree-huggers.

  10. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 3 years ago


    You refer to Pascale’s Wager. That religious faith may reap great benefits, while, if misplaced, does no harm. Atheism offers no benefits, but may be very dangerous. So religious faith is a much better bet than atheism. - This argument has nothing to do with the existence of God, only with our response to the uncertainty of God’s existence. But I see the parallel. - There is also a difference, though, since our beliefs and opinions about the climate are susceptible to confirmation or refutation on this side of the grave by scientific methods.

  11. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    Climate change may be real but I am not a big fan of global warming issues. If it is true how come there has been so much bad science on all this? As for storms they are just as strong but their is more people in the way as the population grows.

  12. nordwonder

    nordwonder said, over 3 years ago

    Please reference your “Bad Science” claims. Most refutation I have seen has been to the deniers research.

  13. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 3 years ago

    What on Earth are you babbling about? Anthropogenic Global Warming is happening. It’s confirmed. There is no controversy among scientists, only among the ignorant. This has nothing to do with the government. Or politics.

  14. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 3 years ago

    Okay, let’s try again. More than 97% of climate scientists say there IS Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW). A similar percentage of scientific papers confirm that AGW is occurring. These are facts.
    Saying that climate changes over time is NOT the same as saying that the climate changes we are having now are (1) normal, (2) manageable.
    And even if global warming is NOT human-caused, that doesn’t mean it is not cause for concern. Just because climate goes up and down does NOT mean that we are able to weather it out easily. After all, Death Valley used to be under a LOT of water…

  15. taratus

    taratus said, over 3 years ago

    The legal standard is “beyond a reasonable doubt”, not no doubt at all.

    I would trust the jury in this one.

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