It’s odd how little we’ve heard lately from the skeptics who deny that climate change is real. What’s the matter, people? Heat stroke?
So begins an op-ed piece by Eugene Robinson titled, “On climate change, let cool heads prevail.”
It’s hardly the best opinion piece ever written on human-caused warming, but the Washington Post op-ed page has been so dreadful on the subject (see “The Washington Post goes tabloid, publishes second falsehood-filled op-ed by Sarah Palin in five months “” on climate science and the hacked emails! and “And the 2009 Citizen Kane award for non-excellence in climate journalism goes to “¦“). So they deserve a shout out whatever they published something reasonable.
Here are some more excerpts:
We also know, thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that “the combined global land and ocean surface temperature” in May was the warmest on record. In fact, NOAA reported, the whole period from January through May, on average, was the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880….
Is human activity to blame? It almost surely is, unless there’s some fundamental flaw in our understanding of chemistry and physics. Scientists understand how molecules of carbon dioxide act to trap heat. They know — not through inference but from direct measurement of air bubbles trapped long ago in Arctic and Antarctic ice — that there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now than at any time in the last half-million years, perhaps the last million years. The simplest and most logical explanation of why there’s suddenly so much carbon in the air is that humans have put it there by burning fossil fuels. This is what has changed….
It’s time to end the silly “argument” over whether climate change is real….
The climate science? Don’t sweat it.