Ted Rall for March 23, 2012

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    avarner  over 10 years ago

    Yes, flooding. It’’s a sure thing.

    That’s why Al Gore just bought a multi-million $$ beach home.

    Just THINK, just a little people…

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    vwdualnomand  over 10 years ago

    it is already happening. parts of the gulf coast, miami, the islands off of the carolinas, eastern seaboard. and, parts of the west coast.

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    mjnyc  over 10 years ago

    This is an example of one of my quibbles of Mr. Rall’s cartoons. The point is good but the execution is ludicrous.

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    HabaneroBuck  over 10 years ago

    I live in the Northeast. It’s not a problem. Why would those of us in the North who spend thousands of dollars a year just to heat our homes think it’s a problem? It’s climate “CHANGE”. Change can be good. There are thousands of reasons global warming would be good; it would just change which chunks of land are worth anything.

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    wolfhoundblues1  over 10 years ago

    I live on the East coast. No rise in the waters here.

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    ARodney  over 10 years ago

    Dr. Who, once again you are completely wrong on the facts. The sea level has risen over five cm since 1992, as predicted by the International Panel on Climate Change. It did drop 6mm in 2010, but a small La Nina-related reversal is not enough to make your statement true. Here’s an article, with a nice chart:

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/08/26/sea-level-rise-has-slowed-temporarily/

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    tangent001  over 10 years ago

    Al Gore did NOT buy a beach house. He bought a house with an ocean view that is situated on a hillside about a mile or so inland. At least research your talking points.

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    William Bednar Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Maybe this is Noah and his wife?

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    tcity  over 10 years ago

    Stupid animals, they believe everything they read.

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    Call me Ishmael  over 10 years ago

    I’m in Fla. This a.m., I watched the first 10 “cars” that passed my house as I picked up my paper. NINE of them were late-model SUV’s, the 10th a pickup. 90% of our area is under 3 feet above sea-level…

    Point#1: Obama has NOT altered our nation’s vehicle choices.

    Point#2: Try buying homeowners’ insurance here. Who knows the “odds” better than insurance companies?

    Point#3: The same people who drive “tanks” are most likely to vote against Obama. Sad, sad, sad…

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    Tue Elung-Jensen  over 10 years ago

    Cue Homer Simpson with “under the sea”.

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    CorosiveFrog Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Easy not to believe in climate change when you’re living in the western plains. My Maritimes are crumbling!

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    WestNYC Premium Member over 10 years ago

    We are still coming out of the last ice age. That means the planet has been getting warmer well beforeHumans ever starting driving vehicles. The question should be; Is modern day human activity causing the climate change to accelerate beyond its natural rate ?

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    vhammon  over 10 years ago

    Let’s all be CONSERVative and prudent. If there is just a 1% chance that humans are altering the climate, why not act like grown ups and reduce waste, reduce energy consumption through innovation, care for the foundations of our ecosystems (watersheds, green spaces…). These steps make good business sense as well as good stewardship of the Earth sense. I spent too many years of my career and parenting/grandparenting with prechool age children and the whining about ‘taking away the Big Toy Cars’ sounds all too familiar.

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    Dtroutma  over 10 years ago

    Ken M raised a valid point (I DID like the nautilus) that ARKANSAS and even currently drought “problem” Texas are subject to climate change flooding, it is NOT just sea level rise. The “wonderful” thing about the current “red shift” in American politics is light years away from the science that tells us what’s going on in the universe, or here at home. The “Doppler effect” on getting through to them is, they never hear the sound, or the train approaching that will run them over.

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    cjr53  over 10 years ago

    Always with the bizarre reaction and extreme ideas that are completely useless to solving a problem, especially the one at hand.

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    krisjackson01  over 10 years ago

    The point about Al Gore is this: the right personalizes the climate debate by saying that Gore is the only one saying that climate change is occurring. Then they criticize him, and that proves that climate change is a hoax. Case closed.

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    surferbob  over 10 years ago

    I have two relatives who have advanced degrees in atmosphereic science and they do not support the Al Gore climate theory.

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    Chuck Norton  over 10 years ago

    We are in deep trouble when people controlling vast amounts of wealth use their money to deny basic science and have an entire major political party and large segments of the corporate media to do their bidding. Future generations (assuming civiliization survives climate change) will find it incredible that there was a debate on the reality of climate change as late as 2012.

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    el8  over 10 years ago

    80% of americans don’t think

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    Howard Walter Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Check outhttp://www.livescience.com/19212-sea-level-rise-ancient-future.htmlHowever, I’m sure it won’t make a bit of difference to you. You obviously know better than the 99% of scientists that support the facts surrounding global warming. You “know” that the measured concentration of co2 in the atmosphere is a lie. You “know” that burning fossil fuel doesn’t add co2 to the atmosphere. You “know” that co2 isn’t a greenhouse gas. etc. etc. The arrogance of idiots that think they can deny science, is astounding.

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    kamwick  over 10 years ago

    You did realize that animals are leftists didn’t you?

    DogsAgainstRomney.com

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    leweclectic  over 10 years ago

    The old proverb goes, “Ignorance is bliss,” Dr(.) Who; and seems to work until Mother Nature, along with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse at Her side, turn-up-a-knock’en-at-our-door…collecting their dues for yours and all the other’s arrogance, ignorance and stupidity. Remember: Mother Nature Rules, not men.

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    leweclectic  over 10 years ago

    God! Ignorance is bliss on this blog…are you related to Dr Who by any chance? No, no, no, just kidding. However the facts are that Ocean levels went down during the last Ice Age or ‘glacial period’ which took place between 110k to 12.5k years ago. Since then Ocean levels have been reasonably stable until the Industrial Revolution, starting in the 19th century, when Green House Gases start being pumped into the environment without any forethought or foresight as to the consequences of what that might do; today there does not seem to be a majority of people with the common sense, let along intellect, to accept what Mother Nature and science has been revealing to us. The facts have been documented by independent and Government Agencies from many Nations. Here are the 1st two paragraphs on ocean level change and cause from the U.S EPA: Sea levels are rising worldwide and along much of the U.S. coast. (IPCC, 2007) Tide gauge measurements and satellite altimetry suggest that sea level has risen worldwide approximately 4.8-8.8 inches (12-22 cm) during the last century (IPCC, 2007). A significant amount of sea level rise has likely resulted from the observed warming of the atmosphere and the oceans.According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the primary factors driving current sea level rise include: 1. The expansion of ocean water caused by warmer ocean temperatures 2. Melting of mountain glaciers and small ice caps 3. (To a lesser extent) melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and the Antarctic Ice Sheet(For full article go to: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/recentslc.html.) This is primarily attributable to Green House Gases which have and are creating—on a geological time scale—a “sudden” rise in Earth’s temperature which is causing change beyond the ability for most creatures to change and so adapt to the fast changing environment. We as a species can either accept what is happening and address reality with something on the order of another Manhattan Project to develop efficient hydrogen fuel cells, photo-voltaic collectors and creating the technology and engineering that will be needed for hydrogen-fusion for our major power supplies or we will suffer the consequences for continuing on with only fossil fuels.

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    fritzoid Premium Member over 10 years ago

    “Yeah, people moved when the waters rose (or the land sank) but back 2000 years ago, there was a bit more unclaimed land.”

    Also, 2000 years ago they didn’t have trillions of dollars’ worth of electrical grids, water systems, road and rail lines, or much else that would have to be abandoned and then recreated from scratch 100 miles further inland.

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