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Terri Lynn Land: Climate change denier

by: Eric B.

Mon May 12, 2014 at 14:48:46 PM EDT


We start out today's tour of the end of the world in Antarctica, where this is happening.

The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday.

The finding, which had been feared by some scientists for decades, means that a rise in global sea level of at least 10 feet may now be inevitable. The rise may continue to be relatively slow for at least the next century or so, the scientists said, but sometime after that it will probably speed up so sharply as to become a crisis.

I've followed the climate change debate now for two decades. At first, the foot draggers were all, "It's not happening. There is no scientific consensus. How ridiculous." Then, they were all, "We need to study this more and have a vigorous discussion about the evidence." Then, it moved on to, "Scientific consensus is a sign of weak science," and things are now moving on from there. Except that at each step, the deniers left some of their own behind. Say, Terri Lynn Land, who advocates paralysis by analysis

Land’s spokesperson, in a statement to me, would say only that she disagrees with Peters on the “extent” to which humans have caused climate change, while adding that there “should be a healthy and educated debate on the impact of human activity on our environment.”

There's really no debating what Terri Lynn Land wants to debate. That debate is over and has been for more than a decade. Or, as John Oliver put it, debating climate change at this point is like asking whether owls exist or there are hats.

I am very heartened to see that Gary Peters wants to take a strong position on climate change in the campaign. This is heartening. Not terribly surprising, in my opinion. The first time I met Peters was before he was in Congress and was serving as the Griffin endowed chair in CMU's political science department. As part of that, he hosted a symposium on climate change and renewable energy that included zero climate skeptics and people from industry. It was where I learned that Dow Chemical aggressively buys into climate change and bought into something called the Wedge Strategy to address it.

As for Terri Lynn Land, if it talks like a denier and takes money from deniers, then it's good enough for gubmint work to call her a denier. On this, we will brook no well-intentioned dissent from our friends in the media.

Eric B. :: Terri Lynn Land: Climate change denier
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Generic (4.00 / 5)
Seems like Land is going to run as "Generic Republican" until the wheels come off, and hope that she can sneak through by never being fully defined and fleshed out.  It's not going to work, but I guess she sees it as her only chance for victory.  I'm feeling more confident about this race than even months ago.  Peters is too good a candidate for this to work.

"The time has come," the Walrus said, (4.00 / 7)
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

The latest right-wing talking point on climate (4.00 / 5)
Limbaugh and Krauthammer both attacked climate models with the ridiculous argument that since a model can't predict the weather on a given day 25 years from now, it can't predict the climate either.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.


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