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Global Boiling: Drudge Distorts Report On Consequences Of Global Warming

By Brad Johnson on June 13, 2008 at 12:21 am

"Global Boiling: Drudge Distorts Report On Consequences Of Global Warming"

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Drudge Report 6-12-08Yesterday, the Drudge Report linked to the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Progress Report written by yours truly, entitled “Global Boiling.” In that piece I wrote: “The evidence for the consequences of global warming is appearing with alarming frequency,” then noted the swath of destructive storms, floods, heat waves, and droughts that are gripping the nation. Drudge’s headline?

Deaths called ‘consequence of global warming’…

What we in fact reported, and what is scientifically established, is that these extreme weather events that caused death and destruction “are consistent with the changes scientists predicted would come with global warming.” The Progress Report cited findings from the National Climatic Data Center, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and the University of California, San Diego.

The warming of the planet is bringing an increase in the volatility of weather — how much, how fast is uncertain. But the direction is not — we have heated up the planet’s atmosphere, and are seeing the results of this ongoing global experiment. Each extreme weather event, each record shattered, and even each stretch of seasonal weather provides a piece of evidence to help us understand how the consequences of manmade climate change are forming.

It’s almost as if Matt Drudge (who’s done this before) and his ilk don’t want people to think rationally about the consequences of global warming — so they lie about people who do.

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