Denial Ain’t Just A River

July 11, 2012

AFTERNOON UPDATE (Below)
One can truly believe Republicans are all mouth but no brains — knock it down without any talk of an alternative:

In the last year and a half, House Republicans have sent the Senate just one 36-page bill designed to limit medical malpractice lawsuits, despite pledging to develop detailed legislation to slow rising healthcare costs, help Americans keep their health plans and broaden access to insurance.

And with climate change, it’s worse than just diarrhea-mouth bullshit.

(Illustration found here).

Even hardcore denial assholes will have to work hard to overcome this statement off the NOAA climate report released this week (via The Christian Science Monitor):

“Every weather event that happens now takes place in the context of a changing global environment,” Deputy NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan said in a statement.
“This annual report provides scientists and citizens alike with an analysis of what has happened so we can all prepare for what is to come.”

And this yesterday from the UK’s Guardian:

Climate change researchers have been able to attribute recent examples of extreme weather to the effects of human activity on the planet’s climate systems for the first time, marking a major step forward in climate research.
The findings make it much more likely that we will soon — within the next few years — be able to discern whether the extremely wet and cold summer and spring so far experienced in the UK this year are attributable to human causes rather than luck, according to the researchers.
Last year’s record warm November in the UK — the second hottest since records began in 1659 — was at least 60 times more likely to happen because of climate change than owing to natural variations in the earth’s weather systems, according to the peer-reviewed studies by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US, and the Met Office in the UK.
The devastating heatwave that blighted farmers in Texas in the US last year, destroying crop yields in another record “extreme weather event”, was about 20 times more likely to have happened owing to climate change than to natural variation.

Even the New York Times had to chime its late jingle on the climate report:

A new study found that global warming made the severe heat wave that afflicted Texas last year 20 times as likely as it would have been in the 1960s.
The extremely warm temperatures in Britain last November were 62 times as likely because of global warming, it said.

Wake up, people!

UPDATE

(I clicked the wrong clicker button this morning and lost the bottom part of my post –and didn’t have enough time to repair it, discover where I got it and so forth.
Under a kind of deadline each morning, I’ve got a couple of hours before leaving for work to put together a daily post, and although just about all the time I carry through with it, but sometimes mistakes happen — the blog is supposed to update/save on its own, but I clicked before that happened, I guess.
Anyway, I was trying to update the bat-shit-crazy conservative/hard-right mind games in regards to climate change and the bottom end of the post was suppose to go something like this):

Republicans, it seems, have a different set, and are asshole hard-case about it — no amount of real data changes that fact.
Chris Mooney, author of ‘The Republican Brain,’ explained during a talk last March that the right-side of the political spectrum has a hard-set brain unable to cope with change, even the most intellectual and educated ones (in fact, they’re worse) deny a lot of realistic shit, even closing down the senses.
Mooney calls it the “smart idiot” effect.
For instance:

So in this case, if someone high on such traits latches on to a particular belief — in this case, “global warming is a hoax” — then more knowledge about it is not necessarily going to open their minds.
More knowledge is just going to be used to argue what they already think.
And we see this in the Tea Party, where we have both the highest levels of global warming denial, but also this incredibly strong confidence that they know all they need to know about the issue, and they don’t want any more information, thank you very much.

And even with the latest extreme weather outbursts this denial continues unabated.
Also from the Guardian on Tuesday was the story that the way-hard-right American Tradition Institute is going on another email chase, similar to the phoney ‘climategate‘ bullshit from 2009.
Anything to discredit climate science.
Some particulars:

The strategy — used to seek records from prominent scientists such as Michael Mann — is seen by scientists as an excuse to try to dig up embarrassing or damaging communications that could be used to discredit climate science.
Now for the first time the media is being drawn in as well, with ATI seeking the release of scientists’ communications with specific journalists.
The list of news organisations targeted by the request includes the New York Times, the Associated Press, Frontline and the Guardian.
Earlier requests focused on exchanges between scientists.
“We view this as a new chapter,” said Jeff Ruch, a lawyer working with the Climate Science Legal Defence Fund.
“Before they were going after interactions between individual scientists.
This is basically a spying operation to see who are you talking to, but presumably the idea is the same: to find material that is potential of use in discrediting a scientist.”

Andrew Dessler, a climate scientist at Texas A&M University:

“At some level it’s really dirty tricks what these people are doing.
They are not using the open records request in any way it is meant to be used,” said Dessler.
“It’s certainly reasonable to get a record of what transpired – how a decision was made, how a contract was awarded, why a university president was fired.
But they are not trying to use it to figure out how decisions are being made.
What they want to do is to find something embarrassing, something they can use in a political debate.”

There’s no debate on the weather, it’s bad and going to get badder.

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