With record-breaking climate disasters crippling the United States, defenders of global warming pollution are growing increasingly desperate. Gordon Peterson, host of PBS’s weekly Inside Washington show, noted the scientific fact that “there’s about a four percent more water vapor in the air now in the atmosphere than there was in the ’70s because of warmer oceans and warmer air, and it returns to earth as heavy rain and heavy snow.” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer — like his colleague George Will, a radical climate denier — countered with a Godzilla-spores theory, attacking Al Gore and claiming that climate science is a “religion”:
Look, if Godzilla appeared on the Mall this afternoon, Al Gore would say it’s global warming, because the spores in the South Atlantic Ocean, you know, were. Look, everything is, it’s a religion. In a religion, everything is explicable. In science, you can actually deny or falsify a proposition with evidence. You find me a single piece of evidence that Al Gore would ever admit would contradict global warming and I’ll be surprised.
Krauthammer seems incapable of understanding that man-made changes to the climate could affect weather, as if adding billions of tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere should have no effect on meteorological systems. It’s certainly true that climate scientists can’t perfectly predict the consequences of melting the Arctic, heating the oceans, and disrupting ecosystems — which means that humanity cannot be fully prepared for the changes fossil fuel pollution brings, even if deniers like Krauthammer are ignored.
Unfortunately, every day brings new evidence of how dangerous our superheated climate system is to modern civilization, with floods, droughts, and storms taking down power grids, driving up food prices, and bringing devastation to millions of people around the globe.