Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Convenient Truth

Digby, over at Hullabaloo, makes a great point about the record-breaking warm weather in Vancouver, and its effect on the global-warming denialists.

No matter which global-warming denialist you pick, if you look closely enough, you find they're closely allied to Big Oil, Big Coal or both.  One of the worst is Oklahoma's own senior senator, James Inhofe.  According to his own Senate Floor Statement, January 4, 2005, Inhofe states:

"What about sea level rise? Alarmists have claimed for years that sea level, because of anthropogenic warming, is rising, with ominous consequences. Based on modeling, the IPCC estimates that sea level will rise 1.8 millimeters annually, or about one-fourteenth of an inch.
[Chart #5] But in a study published this year in Global and Planetary Change, Dr. Nils-Axel Morner of Sweden found that sea level rise hysteria is overblown. In his study, which relied not only on observational records, but also on satellites, he concluded: "There is a total absence of any recent 'acceleration in sea level rise' as often claimed by IPCC and related groups." Yet we still hear of a future world overwhelmed by floods due to global warming. Such claims are completely out of touch with science. As Sweden's Morner puts it, "there is no fear of massive future flooding as claimed in most global warming scenarios."
But the government's own NOAA Satellite and Information Service shows the following:
Plot of global mean sea level from TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1

Even worse is the global sea level trends as of 01/01/2010:

Map of sea level from TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, and Jason-2

This reminds me of the time, back a few years, when the tobacco companies argued vehemently that cigarettes were not harmful to smokers.  This only goes to prove that Inhofe does not care about the citizens of Oklahoma, he takes his marching orders from the corporations who, by virtue of the latest Supreme Court decision, can now dump BILLIONS of dollars into financing political campaigns so that they can insure that the Senate and House of Representatives, President and Vice President, all are in the employ of The Corporation.  And you and I, mere citizens and one-vote voters, no longer have any say in the matter at all.

But I wouldn't worry, we'll all be drowned before they work us to death.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” -Upton Sinclair

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