Daily Archives: June 10, 2014

Shady Politicians

I’ve mentioned on a number of occasions that Republican party politicians are much more likely than Democrats to deny man-made global warming and/or its danger. But I have hoped for some time that the Republican party would shed their extremist stupid wing and move back toward the center. I’d like to have a genuine choice when I vote, but I haven’t felt that way for quite a while.

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Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Forecast

It’s that time of year again, time to submit forecasts of this year’s upcoming September Arctic sea ice extent to ARCUS.

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Weekly Awards

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
— Mark Twain

The “idiot of the week” award goes to Jeff Miller, a republican congressman from Florida, who actually disputed man-made global warming by claiming that since the dinosaurs died long before people were pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, we can’t possibly be the cause of climate change now. In an interview with MSNBC reporter Richard Liu,

Miller: It changes. It gets hot, it gets cold. It’s done it for as long as we have measured the climate.

Liu: But man-made, isn’t that the question?

Miller: Then why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Were there men that were causing — were there cars running around at that point, that were causing global warming? No. The climate has changed since earth was created.

As stupid as the congressman’s remarks were, he’s not even in the running for asshole of the week. The undisputed winner, by a landslide, is George Will, who actually claimed in an op-ed for the Washington Post that for women in college, being a rape victim is “coveted status.” I wonder how George Will would feel if he himself acquired that “coveted status”?