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Are We Too Dumb to Survive on This Planet?

Are We Too Dumb to Survive on This Planet?

A visit with the Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama is a favorite on the electric teevee machine because ol’ Mo is liable to say any damn thing that pops into his head, hot damn! (He also was one of the people that tried to keep the Alabama GOP from nominating Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate last year, so he has that going for him.)

Anyway, ol’ Mo is a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and, on Wednesday, the committee held a hearing on the use of advanced technology to combat the climate crisis. From Science:

The purpose of the hearing was to focus on how technology could be deployed for climate change adaptation. But the hearing frequently turned to the basics of climate science. Many of the questions by Republicans and Democrats alike were directed to Philip Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts and former senior adviser to the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

If you now hear the rising roar of an onrushing train of Stupid, you’re not imagining it. Get off the tracks immediately!

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) said he was bothered that established climate science has not been questioned more by the committee, which has accused federal climate scientists of fraudulently manipulating climate data and subpoenaed their records. “I’m a little bit disturbed by, No. 1, over and over again, I hear, ‘Don’t ever talk about whether mankind is the main cause of the temperature changing and the climate changing,'” he said. “That’s a little disturbing to hear constantly beaten into our heads in a Science Committee meeting, when basically we should all be open to different points of view.”

Get as far away as you can!

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the committee, entered into the record an opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal yesterday that claimed sea levels are not rising because of climate change, a view that rejects thousands of scientific studies. The piece was written by Fred Singer, who is affiliated with the Heartland Institute in Chicago, Illinois, which promotes the rejection of mainstream climate science. “To solve climate change challenges, we first need to acknowledge the uncertainties that exist,” Smith said in his opening remarks. “Then we can have confidence that innovations and technology will enable us to mitigate any adverse consequences of climate change.”

Are We Too Dumb to Survive on This Planet?

At one point, Smith showed a slide of two charts that he said demonstrated how the rate of sea-level rise does not equal the sharp spike in the consumption of fossil fuels. When Smith pointed out that rates of sea-level rise have only increased slightly compared with the rate of fossil fuel use, Duffy pointed out that his chart was from a single tide gauge station, near San Francisco, and that sea levels rise at different rates around the world. Smith did not show rising atmospheric CO 2levels or temperatures, both of which have climbed steadily in recent decades as emissions have increased.

Look! There on the back of the caboose. It’s good ol’ Mo Brooks!

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) questioned Duffy on the factors that contribute to sea-level rise, pointing out that land subsidence plays a role, as well as human activity. Brooks then said that erosion plays a significant role in sea-level rise, which is not an idea embraced by mainstream climate researchers. He said the California coastline and the White Cliffs of Dover tumble into the sea every year, and that contributes to sea-level rise. He also said that silt washing into the ocean from the world’s major rivers, including the Mississippi, the Amazon and the Nile, is contributing to sea-level rise. “Every time you have that soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise, because now you have less space in those oceans, because the bottom is moving up,” Brooks said.

Swear to God, we deserve to have the bees take over and right soon, too.

By Charles P. Pierce – Esquire
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