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Endangered Speciousness

The Senate Environment & Public Works climate hearing on December 6 was the swan song for James Inhofe (R-OK) as Committee Chair, so we would expect the specious arguments to fly. University of Oklahoma Professor David Deming did not disappoint. He began his closing statement claiming:

As far as I know, there isn’t a single person anywhere on earth that’s ever been killed by global warming. There is not a single species that’s gone extinct. In fact I’m not aware, really, of any deleterious effects whatsoever. It’s all speculation.

He couldn’t be more wrong.

Like our atmosphere, ecosystems and their inhabitants are highly delicate entities. No matter the vehemence with which some deny climate change, the ecological consequences are evident. In the words of Professor Douglas Futuyma, speaking with the Associated Press, “we are staring crisis in the face”.

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It is speciousness — not species — that humans need to make extinct.