It seems we’re living in our own “Day After Tomorrow” scenario, with the “Polar Vortex” gripping the country, and the global warming debate heating back up. Both sides are claiming the current cold as an indicator, clear as day, of their position.
Liberals see the extreme weather as another demonstration of global warming impacting our climate — hotter than normal, colder than normal, and more weather catastrophes (i.e. Hurricane Sandy/Katrina, tornados in unusual areas, devastating earthquakes, etc.). Conservatives are crying out that if it’s so cold across the country, how could the planet possibly be “warming?”
Chiou On This: We believe the Liberals have the more compelling argument and the facts on their side. The reality is that ~97% of scientists and climatologists agree that the planet is warming. The Conservative talking point just doesn’t pass muster. Yes, it sounds good, but they need to stop playing to the least-educated common denominator. Just because it’s cold, in winter, doesn’t mean the planet isn’t warming — ask any climatologist. The bigger question is how much of the warming is due to humans and the natural heating and cooling of the planet. Clearly, pumping millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere is a contributor, but exactly how much — 1%, 50%, 99%? That question is key to determining how much we, as a country, society, and planet, should do, because everything has a cost, especially to businesses and jobs. We should be doing something, but exactly what is the debate we think we should be having, not if the globe is warming.
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