What do you hear from the Republican Congress about global warming? Crickets.
We just had the hottest month in recorded history.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says we’ve had 14 months of record-breaking temperatures. That means global warming is closer to the point where scientists predict devastating, irreversible consequences.
So what are our Republican friends in Congress doing about this crisis that affects civilization as we know it? Nothing. Nada. While the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Chris Field, a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution and Stanford University, said in a recent interview, “The scary thing is that we are moving into an era where it will be a surprise when each new month or year isn’t one of the hottest on record.”
Meanwhile, the storm that just dumped almost two feet of rain on Louisiana is being classified by NOAA as the eighth U.S. flood classified as a once-in-every-500-years event — in 12 months. (Some parts of the state are so bad, their flooding is classified as a once-every-1,000-year event.)
Climate deniers (not all of them are Republicans, but virtually all elected Republicans in D.C. are climate deniers) insist that NOAA’s “records” are just ridiculous, because temperature records only go back 140 or so years.
But scientists use many tools, including ice core samples, tree rings and ocean sediment to track the history of the earth’s climate. The Pentagon knows this. They’ve released a report calling climate change a national security risk.
But getting into the nuts and bolts of the science is a diversion. We know climate change is real, and we know why Republicans deny it: because it pays off. The fossil fuel industry has been very, very good to them. Of almost $66 million in political donations, only $3.5 million went to Democrats.
So as you worry about your family in this brave new world of extreme weather — tornadoes, wildfires, blizzards, heat waves, droughts, and floods — remember that Republicans aren’t just bad for America. They’re bad for the entire planet.