Skip to comments.The Climate Optimists
Posted on 07/11/2014 1:46:19 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Conservatives have a new line on climate change: Its real, but its nothing to worry about!
Las Vegas is parched. A 14-year drought has left Lake Mead, the local water source, dangerously low. It has dropped 100 feet in the past decade. If it drops 12 more feet, federal water rationing rules will kick in. Some climate scientists predict that will happen in the next year. And most believe the situation will only worsen over time.
The view from inside Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, however, is considerably rosier. Thats where scientists, activists, and bloggers have assembled this week for the Heartland Institutes 9th International Conference on Climate Change, which Ive been following via live stream. Its the worlds largest gathering of climate skepticspeople who believe, for one reason or another, that the climate change crisis is overblown.
Its tempting to find irony in the spectacle of hundreds of climate change deniers staging their convention amid a drought of historic proportions. But, as the conference organizers are quick to tell you, they arent actually climate change deniers. The majority of this years speakers readily acknowledge that the climate is changing. Some will even concede that human emissions are playing a role. They just think the solutions are likely to be far worse than the problem.
I dont think anybody in this room denies climate change, the Heartland Institutes James M. Taylor said in his opening remarks Monday. We recognize it, but were looking more at the causes, and more importantly, the consequences.(continued)
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Drop a city of two million people in a desert and add a couple million more tourists and then wonder why there isn’t enough water. Huh.
Guess who has a “virtual water bank” in the Lake Mead Reservoir? Guess who, with their own drought, is thinking of making increased withdrawals?
Water problems on the Colorado are mainly a water out issue, not a water in issue. Vast cities built in parched deserts tend to induce water shortages.
Oh, but it gets better. People have lawns that must be watered twice a day or they’ll turn into something resembling tobacco.
“Fossil-fuel advocates have been touting the advantages of climate change since at least 1992, when the Western Fuels Association put out a proglobal warming video called The Greening of Planet Earth. (It was a big hit with key figures in the George W. Bush administration.) “
In the 70’s they were pushing global ice age...
I blame climate change on the unintended consequences caused by the left in the 70’s.
It was getting colder and the changes made to things such as CFC’s raised temperatures. Now scientists have no one to blame but themselves, so following the Obama and Goracle strategies, blame Republicans.
Two questions that have to be asked of scientists. One, how do you fix this? Two, what happens if you over compensate and create an ice age?
I’m blaming global warming/ climate change on the SUN.
the majority of Americans who have no trouble believing that the climate is changing. . . and also because it is only in the past decade or two that there seems to be a pause in the recovery of global temperature from the Little Ice Age which was underway during the American Revolution.
despitebecause of not being scientists themselves.
I do take issue with conservatives being to quick to agree that we have warming issue. That is still not established. Seems to me that the data shows the temperature peaked in 1997. We should point to that.
I wouldn't say it peaked but the rate has slowed to negligible
The 1997/98 El Nino was a record El Nino and probably contributed to the long term trend (i.e. we are still seeing the effects in the Arctic). But choosing the El Nino as a peak is not valid IMO.
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