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Isaac delays GOP Convention: nature's revenge on climate change deniers?

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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan

Tropical Storm Isaac forced the cancellation of the opening day of festivities for the U.S. Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Given the GOP leadership's denial of climate change, the timing of the storm (now expected to become a category 2 hurricane) was deeply ironic.   

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has long held a dismisssive stance on climate change. He argued in a 2009 op-ed that the debate was still out on global warming (especially since it was snowing in his home state of Wisconsin), and accused climatologists of using "statistical tricks to distort their findings and intentionally mislead the public". 

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, meanwhile, has reversed his previous stance on global warming, saying he's really not sure if human activity is to blame, and that "the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for [Americans]."

Romney's flip-flop on climate change is convenient, since his Energy Independence plan -- which Time magazine writer Bryan Walsh criticized as "half-baked" -- relies on oil and gas imports from Mexico and Canada. Canadian oil, of course, refers to the carbon emissions-heavy bitumen from Alberta's oil sands, the ongoing development of which would signal "game over" for the planet according to NASA climatologist James Hansen. 

Their stance on climate change is hardly an exception within the GOP: Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and others in the Republican presidential primaries all challenged the validity of global warming.

"Skepticism toward anthropogenic global warming is part and parcel of Republicans' DNA, expected of its politicians and grafted onto its voters by the right-wing media machine, including Fox News," lamented University of Georgia professor Cynthia Taylor in the Wisconsin State Journal.  

"Recently I watched in disbelief as a young, well-respected GOPer whom I know insisted on a cable news show that climate change is a hoax intended to "make Al Gore rich."

The recent storm in Florida might be Mother Nature's unsubtle way of telling the Republicans that climate change is no joke, and about to get a lot more serious. 

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Paul Harris August 26th 2012 | 12:12 PM
As a Calfornia tourist who was stuck in the Superdome I know that voters' memories are so short.    It is incredibly important WHO our national leader is as to how we respond to disasters, whether natural or unnatural.  Many past Presidents (both Republicans & Democrats) have responded powerfully and immediately to earthquakes, mass murders, tornadoes, firestorms, etc.    Days after Katrina, Pres. Bush said, "No one could have foreseen the breach of the levees."  Six months after Katrina videos and transcripts were uncovered that showed him being warned by experts days in advance that the levee breaches were quite probable and that the hurricane would be horrific.  He simply said that "everything was taken care of".   When you have a political party that places the welfare of the rich over the poor and middle class and invading other countries under false pretenses as a higher priority than responding to an immediate crisis in our own country Bush's lack of response was no surprise. Paul Harris        Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina" 
Robert Rhodes August 26th 2012 | 2:14 PM

More than a week late, extremist Republicans and Christians’ media outfall do a fair job copying science but the cat 4 hurricane implication is the very definition of “alarmist” just to get a free lunch in Tampa - 

 

Isaac takes aim – look out New Orleans and Biloxi ... Posted on August 25, 2012 by Anthony Watts ...from WeatherBell’s newly setup ... by hurricane expert Dr. Ryan Maue ... The brown colors near the eye indicate sustained wind speeds of 100 to 130 knots (115 to 150 mph). That would make Isaac likely a category 4 hurricane when it makes landfall ... Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. has been looking at some damage model estimates earlier today and writes: The median historical damage from this set of analogue storms is $1.6 billion” (Tony ‘who lacked a mothers’ love because she preferred suckling a pack of cleaner cigarettes’ Watts; whistlesuckers perfuming the stink at wattsupwiththat.com).


President Romney says thanks for fear mongering your own voting base with CO2 death threats to their children over to the neocon' side. Nice job girls. Climate change was your Iraq War.

-Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets run by corporations.

-Socialist Canada killed Kyoto with a newly elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (death).

-Julian Assange is of course a climate change denier.

-Obama has not mentioned the crisis in the last two State of the Unions addresses.

 

Support is fading quickly and if the scientists would just say the crisis WILL happen instead of; “likely” will happen, support would return.

Call or write your local scientist and demand action now! Make them say it WILL happen.

We should be concerned about support for climate action! This article does more to harm climate action that help it.

-Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets run by corporations.

-Socialist Canada killed Kyoto with a newly elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (death).

-Julian Assange is of course a climate change denier.

-Obama has not mentioned the crisis in the last two State of the Unions addresses.

Call or write your local scientist and demand action now! Make them say it WILL happen.

 

the politicians just want the story to go away.  They continue to fund the "fun with data" crowd though.

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1.    The earth is cooling. Click here.
2.    The Sun causes climate change. Click here.
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4.    Violent weather isn’t getting worse. Click here.
5.    It’s been hotter. Click here. 
6.    Climate computer models are proven wrong. Click here.