LastHours.org – We Now Know The Point of No Return
Underground, underwater and below the ice.
Scientists are seeing the evidence.
Runaway climate change could be closer than we think.
[T]he G.O.P. has come to resemble a Soviet dictatorship — a vast majority of Republican politicians can’t publicly say what they know about the truth of climate change because they’re afraid the thought police will knock on their door and drag them off to an AM radio interrogation.
Yes, the GOP’s science denial is so extreme that a major conservative columnist has called out the right wing’s “thought police.” Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman used Brooks’ line — and the Paris climate talks — as a launching point for a must-read piece, “Republicans’ Climate Change Denial Denial” Friday.
As Krugman explains,”the talks could mark a turning point” toward “the kind of international action needed to avert catastrophe.” But he adds: “Then again, they might not; we may be doomed. And if we are, you know who will be responsible:
— the Republican Party.”
David Brooks — who is often, but not always, part of that echo chamber — explained last week, on the climate change issue:
It’s a Through-The-Looking-Glass world. The Washington Post reports Sunday that ExxonMobil has a far saner view of global warming than the national Republican party.
░ Fred Hiatt, the paper’s centrist editorial
░ page editor, drops this bombshell:
░ “With no government action, Exxon experts
░ told us during a visit to The Post last week,
░ average temperatures are likely to rise by
░ a catastrophic (my word, not theirs) 5 degrees
░ Celsius, with rises of 6, 7 or even more…
░ ( 9°F to 12°F )
This is indeed basic climate science.
Of course, thanks to excellent reporting by InsideClimate News, we now know ExxonMobil had been told by its own scientists in the 1970s and 1980s that climate change was human-caused and would reach catastrophic levels without reductions in carbon emissions. Yes, this is same ExxonMobil that then became the largest funder of disinformation on climate science and attacks on climate scientists until they were surpassed by the Koch Brothers in recent years — but that is a different (tragic) story.
ExxonMobil Warns of ‘Catastrophic’ 9°F to 12°F Global Warming Without Government Action
- Point of No Return