You may have seen headlines that Jeb Bush is once again admitting that climate change is happening (how many times has he changed his tune?) but 1) still insists that nobody knows how much of it is due to mankind, 2) insults as “arrogant” those who tell him that yes we do know, 3) refuses even to suggest something we might do about it other than “use more natural gas,” and 4) slams President Obama’s Clean Power Plan — that would be actually doing something about it.
Here are some clues for you, Mr. Flippy-Floppy: 1) we’re responsible for it, the vast majority of it, probably even all of it. 2) Yes, on that topic the science is settled; calling that “arrogant” so you can refuse to accept what the scientists say while admitting you’re not a scientist, that’s what’s really arrogant. 3) Natural gas is cleaner than coal, but it’s still a fossil fuel. And 4) President Obama’s clean power plan is the right thing to do, but even if you understood that you wouldn’t admit it. You’re too arrogant.
Meanwhile, thousands of people were evacuated from their homes because the “Rocky Fire,” a wildfire described as “unprecedented” by firefighters, now covers 60,000 acres — 93 square miles, bigger than the city of San Francisco — while it tears through northern California. Remember California? The state suffering through the worst drought in over 1,000 years?
A month or so ago, a terrible heat wave scorched the Pacific Northwest, right here in the U.S.A. But it wasn’t just America getting blasted by the heat; there were killer heat waves in Columbia, Spain, England, Pakistan, India — at one time, on four continents at the same time. The one in Pakistan literally killed over 1,000 people. The one in India, over 2,000.
Last year, 2014, was the hottest on record. This year, 2015, is well on its way to breaking that record — not by a little, but by a lot. A helluva lot.
It’s not just at earth’s surface that temperature is breaking records; ocean heat content, not just at the sea surface, is at an all-time high. For that matter, the sea itself keeps reaching new heights as sea level continues to rise.
And why is all this happening? Because the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere keeps going up. Yes, we know it’s the reason behind climate change, and the reason for rising CO2 is us buring fossil fuels. Like coal, oil, and yes you bet, natural gas. It’s no longer up for debate, any more than the cancer-causing effect of smoking is up for debate. Unless you’re Jeb “Flippy-Floppy” Bush. The guy who says that accepting the science is “arrogant.”
That’s the thing about Jeb. He doesn’t want to get pinned down to admitting it, but doesn’t want to get branded for what he really is: a denier. So he keeps his statements as ambiguous as possible, admitting it’s happening with one face and insisting “nobody really knows” with the other. Saying we should do something about it but never saying what, other than to “protect the economy” and to burn more fossil fuels, just of a different kind.
How arrogant of you, Mr. Flippy-Floppy.