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  1. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Better to have real, true science. And if we can’t have that, better to have non, instead of false science meant to deceive!

    Some folks would rather believe what they want to believe instead of the truth.

  2. Mark

    Mark said, over 1 year ago

    Don’t be silly. ALL folks would rather believe what they want to believe instead of the truth. Some are mature enough to know that’s not practical is all.

  3. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    And Al Gore lives off the proceeds of promoting his false science to all the Chicken Littles out there.

  4. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @PianoGuy24

    Seriously, you are aware of no evidence of global climate change? None of the things going on around you and all over the world suggest to you, even for a brief moment, that the climate is undergoing a change, perhaps even a radical change?
    Geez, how much deeper can you bury your head in the sand?

  5. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 1 year ago

    @Gary McSpook

    Aw, Gary, things don’t connect for them. Things happen each in their own vacuum, wholly apart from one another.

    And a lot of them are scared silly of Mother Nature, without ever learning anything about her. That’s why the frenzy for paving over the country, and the demand for sterile environments for us, our children, our pets, increasingly our livestock. Somehow they have arrived at the conclusion that toxic chemicals are somehow ‘cleaner’ than natural products, which is why natural products are increasingly being replaced by plastic in some form.

    They think that they are somehow ‘above’ dependency on Mother Nature, that technology on scorched earth would be an ideal environment for us.

    Frightening, really.

  6. ReFlex-76

    ReFlex-76 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    - Still my favorite graph on Climate Change:

  7. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    We all know there is no such thing as cause and effect.
    You can burn a billion years of fossil fuels in a hundred years without reprecussions of any kind.

  8. josefw

    josefw GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Gary McSpook

    @PianoGuy24

    Seriously, you are aware of no evidence of global climate change? None of the things going on around you and all over the world suggest to you, even for a brief moment, that the climate is undergoing a change, perhaps even a radical change?
    Geez, how much deeper can you bury your head in the sand?


    Guess you forgot there was an “Ice age.” The climate will change all the time until the big light bulb burns out. Climate changes daily and there is absolutely nothing you can do to alter it. You may think so but you are wrong. Get over it. What we as a nation are doing is politically correct, it will not help the world. This issue will not be resolved in your life time, so get your head out of the sand and understand the real resolve.

  9. josefw

    josefw GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @ReFlex-76

    So in 43 years there was a “climate change” of about +.6. And your point is? You are Chicken Little!


    BTW: Where is Al (I am a big profiteer) Gore these days? Seems he made his BIG BUCKS and disappeared. Too bad for all the climate change people who believed in that schmuck!

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    Whether climate change is man made or cyclical, it is having financial and social ramifications on our neighbors locally, nationally, and worldwide. There are things man can do to slow it down, to lessen the consequences and/or severity, and to prepare for things to get worse as over 90% of scientists expect it to.
    Tornado season, fire season, and hurricane season are three threats to our economy, our neighborhoods, and our lives.
    At some point over the next ten years, evidence will become inarguable OR, if the skeptics are right, disproved in its entirety. However, if 9 out of 10 doctors warned me of a health risk, I would be not be inclined to listen to the 1 who tells me otherwise, especially if I find he is getting money from the company that is creating the health risk.
    Those who will inevitably accuse me of being a fool and easily duped by the “lies” being spread by those who, like me, believe that climate change is real AND man made, are not prepared to be prepared for the new future our weather will be giving us. I sincerely hope they are right, but the evidence I’ve seen, from sources I trust, make me a civil voice for action, and civility is the first requirement for a democracy to succeed. I hope those who disagree with my stand on weather will find agreement with the need for civility between neighbors.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  11. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 1 year ago

    The climate is changing naturally. Almost all scientists say we are accelerating the process. The prescriptions for dealing with it: efficiency, conservation, and diversification of fuel sources, are all good things to do economically and environmentally in a world of rising population, absent all concerns for climate change.

    So why are some people so adamant that the situation should be ignored? - They are afraid that the US will somehow be penalized for its use of fossil fuels: they will have to pay for the resettlement of Tuvaluans when their island country submerges, or pay reparations to the third world, or have to apologize to the world, etc. Seriously. I have heard this kind of thing. - They are afraid that accepting man’s role in the climate will enable radicals to put through a utopian anti-fossil fuel agenda that will wreck the economy and fail to produce viable substitutes for fossil fuels. Anyone who actually looks at the number knows that fossil fuels will be with us for the foreseeable future, there is no alternative.

    These are the “Chicken Littles” who think that if they admit the theory of man-made climate change might be correct, it will not only embarrass them, but will bring down the sky on their heads. Yet even Exxon-Mobil now admits that man-made climate change is real, their spin being (naturally) that man’s role is not all that large. They think a (small) carbon tax would be the best way to deal with it.

    You don’t have to buy into a radical agenda to admit the accuracy of the scientific analysis. Wanting to revolutionize the economy and wanting us to use are resources efficiently with as little harm to the planet we depend on are not the same thing.

  12. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    I have not yet seen the necessary fact that, this being the beginning of summer in the Northern hemisphere, OF COURSE it’s getting warmer. Doesn’t mean anything.


    Statistics show that summers are, on average, warmer with a positive trend line, as josefw says, of about +0.6ª, which is a true positive with only a 99.9% certainty. So let’s stick with the fact that there is a very real 0.1% chance it’s just a mistake.


    Most of the warming seems to be in the water, rather than on land. If one looks at every land-based official thermometer that’s been monitored by professional observers for the last 100 years, the majority show a slight by statistically significant increase, but some show a statistically significant decrease, and many show no statistically significant change.


    Ocean-based temperature observations show a larger and more consistent statistically significant increase.


    But that’s just statistics, and, as the medieval pope said (in Latin) ‘Eschew mathematicians and other evil doers,’ a sentiment I’m sure we all share.


    Explorers knew that there was a Northwest Passage somewhere, a passage of open water all year around. But, every time they found it, they lost it before they could show where it was and set up a permanent shipping lane. Now, of course, we can finally find it every summer. But it’s been there since the sixteenth century according to reliable reports from early explorers. Even if they couldn’t figure out how to get there. So clearly it’s just that we finally have GPS so we don’t keep losing the Northwest Passage the way our primitive ancestors did. So it’s only in the last few years that, armed with GPS, we have been able to find that Northwest Passage every summer.


    But that doesn’t mean the seas are getting any warmer, it just means we have GPS.

  13. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, over 1 year ago

    there is no evidence that cigarettes cause cancer.

  14. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    @josefw

    Weather: 1. The state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc.

    Weather changes daily.

    Climate: 1. the composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, as temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloudiness, and winds, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years.

    It should be noted that in the past eleven years, nine of those years rank in the top ten in global average temperature. It should also be noted that the temperature deviation in the last eleven years has only been .24ºF (.13ºC) with no discernable trend in that time period. The temperature against the established norm has been up 1.02ºF (.57ºC)

    Although this may not seem like much, it has caused changes. Even if the current conditions become the norm, those changes will continue and become dramatic.

  15. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    “But that doesn’t mean the seas are getting any warmer, it just means we have GPS.”
    .
    I truly hope you are being ironic. It would be frightening to think that anyone would actually believe something that short-sighted and ridiculous.
    We’ve had photography from space for 50 years; if a Northwest Passage existed 50 years ago, you somehow think they’d have failed to find it from space? That it is a recent occurrence, and combined with (in your own words) “Ocean-based temperature observations show a larger and more consistent statistically significant increase,” you truly fail to see that we are losing the Artic ice pack?
    Are you aware of the ramifications of such a loss? And how insane we would have to be to ignore our probable abetting of such a catastrophe?
    My god…

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