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Now that Donald Trump is president-elect and there are no facts anymore, it only makes sense that the Republican-led House Committee on Science, Space, And Technology (a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil) would retweet a seriously wrong article from Brietbart as if it were somehow legitimate scientific information on climate. It was a fine moment for scientifically literate Americans — dozens of them! — to come together, slap their palms to their foreheads, and realize this is now Official Policy. Even the stately New York Times took note, with the uncommonly strident headline “News Report on Global Temperatures Is Wrong, Scientists Say.”

So, what’s the alleged shocking climate news this time? Oh, just that the scientific community is completely ignoring a massive “plunge” in global temperatures, thus proving global warming is bunk AND climate scientists are corrupt!

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The Breitbart piece by James Delingpole is mostly a summary of a story from that paragon of science reporting, the Daily Mail tabloid, plus snotty commentary by Delingpole about the foolishness of climate alarmists. This, from a guy who readily acknowledges he doesn’t read scientific papers himself, but is instead an “Interpreter of interpretations.” The Daily Mail story itself, by climate change denier David Rose, is itself a masterful bit of cherry-picked data, claiming that a recent drop in temperatures over land only (which makes up only 30% of the planet’s surface and has more variable temperatures), for part of 2016, somehow refutes the overall trend of global warming, and insisted that the El Niño weather effect accounted for all record temperatures in recent years. We’ll let the New York Times handle the heavy lifting in debunking Rose’s claims:

But scientists said that while the recent El Niño did contribute to the record warmth, climate change played a major role, too.

“Nobody said the record temperatures were exclusively the result of climate change,” said Mike Halpert, the deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center.

Deke Arndt, the chief of the climate monitoring branch at the NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, said that the long-term warming trend was quite clear, and that the impact of El Niño was in addition to what were already higher temperatures. “You can have both climate change and a goose from El Niño,” he said.

In essence, Rose is trying to pull a common trick by denialists: looking only at a short-term temperature dip or plateau and claiming it negates over a century of increased temperature rises connected with CO2 emissions. As Ars Technica notes, it’s the same horsehockey behind the notion that global warming “mysteriously stopped” in the late ’90s:

After a particularly strong El Niño in 1997 and 1998 drove the global average surface temperature to a major record, those who reject the conclusions of climate science spent years claiming that global warming stopped in 1998. When the long-term warming trend started surpassing the old 1998 record again, the popular excuse was “Well, that’s just because this is a warm El Niño year!” After 2015 absolutely crushed the record, some climate scientists joked about how long it would take for someone to claim that now global warming had stopped in 2015. If you had “less than 1 year” in an office pool, congratulations.

And as our old pals Neil deGrasse Tyson and his chocolate Labrador are always reminding us, temperatures vary year to year, but long-term climate trends are where the important data are found.

The whole mishegas is deeply embarrassing to Democrats on the House Science Committee, like Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, who told the Boston Globe Friday that the tweet “is one of the first indications before we’ve even had our first meeting in the new session . . . that we’re going to continue on this track of denying science.” She went on to explain the House Science Committee has become, since Republicans took control of the House in 2010, more about protecting polluting industries than about advancing science:

“It is a committee where the experts that we bring in are belittled, ignored, and the views that are promoted are minority opinions within any scientific or research community and are really become just hand-selected to promote an agenda of protecting big oil,” she said.

In a sense, the fuck-tussle over Thursday’s Tweet is mostly a matter of coincidental timing, what with Breitbart being in the news thanks to Steve Bannon’s ascent to the White House. As Clark said, the House Science Committee hasn’t been about science for a long, long time. Its recent Republican standouts have included former Rep. Paul Broun, who in 2012 proclaimed evolution, the big bang, and embryology “lies from the pit of Hell,” and Todd Akin, of the “legitimate rape” discovery. Then there was Indiana’s Larry Bucshon, who in 2014 revealed that climate science is just a plot to make scientists rich, with all that grant money. Since 2012, the committee’s been chaired by Texas oil buddy Lamar Smith, who has been whining about the “bias” of climate science ever since, and has pushed to end the threat of global warming once and for all by never allocating another penny to study it. Smith himself is credited with writing at least five articles for Breitbart himself, one of which claimed (falsely) that global warming had paused for two decades and government scientists simply falsify data to make it look like global temperatures are rising. Since we always do our homework, both claims are big whopping fibs.

We may as well get used to the official Breitbartization of science, too: President-elect Trump, in his wisdom, wants to completely eliminate funding for NASA’s earth science studies, following an argument already pushed by Ted Cruz: NASA should be about studying space, where no political donors have drilling contracts. Why should NASA study Earth’s atmosphere, after all? It’s not like Earth is a planet or anything.

[Ars Technica / NYT / Brietbart / Boston Globe / Guardian / Hat tip to Twitter tip from Wonkette Alum Jesse Berney]

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  • JCfromNC

    How long before we get to the “it’s got electrolytes, which are what plants crave” stage? Before or after the middle third of the planet becomes uninhabitable?

    • Shoto

      I’m thinking by about mid-February, give or take a few days.

    • Maddogjohn

      Well, we all learned from Ronald Reagan that redwoods cause pollution, so I’d say we’re well on our way to the dawn of a totally fact-free future.

      • MizzMazz

        I would love to find that picture of Reagan giving a press conference, and some genius put a sign on a tree behind him that said “Stop me before I kill again” Looked but can’t find it, though I definitely remember seeing it on the electric television back in the day.

        • Maddogjohn

          There used to be a poster in Haight-Ashbury (c. 1968)* of Reagan from a cowboy movie where he’s holding a gun and the caption is Thanks for the Votes, Suckers.

          * I was the walrus.

          • Mr. Blobfish

            Coo coo ca choo

          • MizzMazz

            :D

      • Cogswell – User of the wheel

        Reagan, upstage by a chimpanzee in Bedtime For Bonzo

        I, personally, couldn’t figure out which one was the chimp.

        • Maddogjohn

          We were the chumps.

  • Spurning Beer

    Jesus, this is depressing. I submit that we need to get more low-brow about discrediting these ignoramuses. Don’t just say “They’re promoting the agenda of big oil,” but “These idiots obviously failed junior high school science. They are not just lying to you, they are as corrupt as the day is long. They don’t care if they poison the planet if they can make a buck.”

  • Maddogjohn

    James Delingpole doesn’t read scientific journals so I don’t have to . . . ??

  • memzilla (Maquis Uni)
    • Maddogjohn

      “Make Titan the 52nd state!” – Newt

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        And let’s send Inhofe and Smith to inspect the place.

        • Cogswell – User of the wheel

          I heard they have some nice methane snowballs there.

        • Naytch

          That’s cold! (I’m sorry, Dave.)

    • Wait,.. Titan had dinos and jungles and swamps? Oh boy! We get to write a new chapter for the Bible!!

      • Cogswell – User of the wheel

        No, the oil was put on Titan by doG for man to rape it. It’s doG’s will.

    • Naytch

      When the atmosphere gets thick enough we can just drive there with a couple of extra jerry cans strapped to the top of our 6000 SUX

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fl8mQhxhE_Q

      The garbage piles of Idiocracy will help too.

  • TJ Barke

    We are not going to have enough wall up against to put these fuckers…

    • tomamitai

      We will if Donny gets the Mexicans to pay to build one!

      • Bozilingus

        If they thought we would use it for this specific purpose, they just might pay and build it for us.

  • memzilla (Maquis Uni)
    • doktorzoom

      Stoled for future use.

      • Cogswell – User of the wheel

        I stolded it, to.

        • Karenrperez

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    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Appropriated.

    • CriticalDragon1177

      That is so disturbingly accurate

  • Scooby

    I’m not worried, I’m taking advantage of it by buying oceanfront property in Nebraska.

    • IdiokraticRepublikTrumpistan

      Now that’s seeing the big picture, having a comprehensive view for the future, a forward-looking business model! I believe you’ll make some lucky corporation a fine CEO someday, son!

    • nastymagyar

      Seaside property STILL wouldn’t get me to move to Nebraska

    • Querolous

      I can see it now. The Trump Arctic Riviera Hotel and Casino.

    • theCryptofishist

      Finally, the Beach Boys prophecy in Surfin’ USA comes to fruition!

  • therblig

    all our schools need is Readin’, Ritin’ and Revelation.

    • Maddogjohn

      I was promised there would be no ‘rithmatic.

    • mancityRed6

      fail: you forgot the Jesus learning

      • TJ Barke

        That’s the revelation…

        • mancityRed6

          I never claimed to be gud on the readin’ part

    • tomamitai

      Don’t forget the Ritalin.

      • Cogswell – User of the wheel

        Or Ryetalyn…

    • nick kelly

      A few years back I saw a bumper sticker; If the driver of this car disappears the Rapture has arrived.

      My edited version: If the driver of this car disappears, the floor of the car has been Ruptured.

  • Shoto

    “…slap their palms to their foreheads…”

    Ow, that hurts! Imma need to pace myself…

  • mancityRed6

    I’m somewhat used to the denial and the discrediting of valid studies, but this whole “let’s put out a link to a dead breitbart story” thing is just a step too far.
    JFC

    • MizzMazz

      I remember back when our politicians took science very seriously. WTF happened? It’s like a downhill race to see who can be more stupid anymore.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Teabaggers happened. They pretty much invented the ignorant fuckwad congresscretin.

        • nastymagyar

          Regan. Trees cause pollution and ketchup is a vegetable.

          • Jennifer R

            The Know-Nothings.

          • puredog

            Well, ketchup IS a vegetable. But still. (Actually, I suppose it’s a fruit.)

          • Cogswell – User of the wheel

            Botanically, tomatoes are actually a fruit.

          • nastymagyar

            Only if you eat a full cup at every meal.

          • willi0000000

            well, that is just enough for a burger and small fries.

        • MizzMazz

          I think this shit was planned before. That Dark Money book people talk about around here is indeed a good read. I get it that stupid is profitable, and money is god for these people, but damn, being so proudly stupid is just beyond me.

        • Picabo

          Don’t forget the buy bull humpers. People like that gave us Ken Ham and the Ark Encounter.

      • nick kelly

        Never heard of Ronnie and Star Wars ( nuclear beam weapons)?
        He fell in love with a hoax- a bargaining chip.
        The largest US Society of Physicists told the gov it wouldn’t work because the enemy could just multiply decoys,
        Re: anti missile missile. Every time it’s been ‘tested’ they knew time and place of launch.
        Stealth aircraft have been described as a hoax by the guy who coined their name. The enemy just needs a different radar.
        The two above sort of work under some circumstances but for the enormous sums spent….

        • MizzMazz

          Ha, I went to a demonstration where we all carried umbrellas with holes in them. I remember those days well. Ronnie was just the beginning of the science deniers – first thing he did was rip the solar panels off of the White House. I was thinking back to my childhood when we sent a man to the moon, and vaccines were seen as good things, and scientists were respected.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    We.Are.Screwed.

  • OneYieldRegular

    “So are you a real Interpreter of Interpretations?”

    “Ssssssh! Eeanie-meanie chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak!”

    • yyyaz

      Are they friendly spirits?

      • Cogswell – User of the wheel

        Friendly? Just listen…

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • Cogswell – User of the wheel

      My brother is a CT. He thinks absolutely EVERYTHING is a conspiracy including why he bought a loaf of raisin bread and there wan’t enough raisins in it.

      • JHan

        Christ – what is his reason for there not being enough raisins? The big bad corps are stingy and leaving more gluten than raisins in the bread to make us all fat?

        • nastymagyar

          Reverse racism.

          • Cogswell – User of the wheel

            Reverse raisinisim.

          • Nockular cavity

            Your teh real raisinist!

          • Cogswell – User of the wheel

            Wrong! Wrong!

        • Zippy W Pinhead
        • Doug Langley

          Duh. More raisins would just reveal who really killed JFK.

      • doktorzoom

        Lots of research on how people prone to believe conspiracy theories are pretty much open to believing LOTS of them

        • Shoto

          Terrifying.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          That’s just what they want you to think…

      • Jennifer R

        Raisin bread (and raisins) are disgusting anyway. Not surprised he has no taste in philosophies either.

      • tomamitai

        “When you’re paranoid, everything makes sense.”

        • Cogswell – User of the wheel

          I don’t think he’s paranoid, it’s those people who are after him.

      • DahBoner
      • Zyxomma

        Remember DeNiro in Casino comparing the number of blueberries in two different muffins?

    • JCfromNC

      Host: Hi, and welcome to “Press the Meat,” where we discuss the important issues of the week. Lately, there’s been quite a bit of argument on the color of the sky. Our guests today are Dr. Bob, former atmospheric researcher at NASA and currently working for NOAA; and Carl, former greens keeper whose current job seems to mostly be showing up on shows like this to argue that the sky is green. Dr. Bob, why don’t you go first — what color is the sky?

      Dr. Bob: Well, we have centuries of observational data that show the sky to be blue, plus physics explains why it’s that color.

      Host: Fascinating! And your response, Carl?

      Carl: The sky is not blue, it’s green. Here, I have a study showing that green is the natural color of the sky, and any “blueness” anyone sees is just a temporary aberration.

      Dr. Bob: Your “study” was funded by a company that wants to dump chemicals into the atmosphere that will turn it green — albeit about a month after those chemicals have killed all life on the planet.

      Host: Guess you two will just have to agree to disagree! Maybe some day we’ll find definitive proof! That’s all the time we have, see you next week, when we discuss whether or not water actually has to be wet!

  • shastakoala

    I say build a wall and keep that nasty El Nino outta here.

  • Mintie

    Yes, NASA should only study ways to escape the planet which naturally only the very rich will be able to afford.

    • JHan

      #WelcomeToElysium

      • nastymagyar

        Bye Felicia. Get rid of the fuckers and we can start healing out planet.

  • FlemmishSpy

    Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy frequently takes on climate deniers. He points out that using 1998 as a starting point is a tell–that was an unusually warm year.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2016/12/02/house_science_committee_tweets_link_to_climate_denial_article_at_breitbart.html

    • doktorzoom

      It’s among the most notorious denialist frauds out there.

    • Cogswell – User of the wheel

      They probably think it’s a place where they can go to discuss the sun revolving around the earth until they actually visit the site.

    • Cogswell – User of the wheel

      How the heck did you get your link to open in a new window? I used the target tag and I couldn’t make it work.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    It’s December and the flowers are still blooming. We haven’t had the first frost yet.

    • nastymagyar

      We just did night before last. I live at over 5,000 feet above sea level and we used to have out first snow storm before Halloween.

      • Courser

        I’m in Denver and I’ve noticed that the seasons are shifting here. Summer is running well into Fall with temps in the 80’s into late Oct/early Nov. We’re still getting a decent winter at this point, but it lasts further into Spring. Everything is shifting to later in the year, but this is probably only a transitory phase.

        • nastymagyar

          I’m right below you (Albuquerque) and have noticed the same thing. More White Easters than Christmases.

          • Courser

            Neat! An easy 7 hour drive when the weather’s good. I’ve had some good times in Abq back in the day.

            Glad I’m not the only one who’s noticed it. So many people have only come to Denver in the last 5-10 years so they can’t see the trend.

    • Cogswell – User of the wheel

      I’m in southeast Wisconsin and last year i had dandelions in my yard in December.

    • It’s a boom for your dog’s enemies, too. We used to only have to wage the sometimes costly, always nasty battle against fleas, ticks, heartworms, etc for four or five months out of the year.

      Now it’s a yearlong battle, and the parasites are all resistant or downright immune to all the regular treatments.

      Even the more natural and logical non-pharmaceutical preventatives for fleas that have worked for me for years seem to be ineffective. I finding fleas on the dogs again today, and it’s freakin’ December.

  • Pinkham’s Law

    Interesting piece on the fact that Hillary is no longer wearing makeup. Thoughts?

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      Why do women need to wear makeup to be considered professional? Why does it have to be “natural-looking”? Why did old white men get to decide that? How do I tell people who still believe that they can screw right off?

      • Cogswell – User of the wheel

        My sister calls her makeup her clown kit.

        • IOnlyLikeCats

          I call it painting your face (also actual face paint is much more fun).

          • Cogswell – User of the wheel

            That’s likely closer to the truth since airbrushes for makeup seem to be popular today.

    • JHan

      I think she looks lovely and fresh. I sense she no longer gives a fuck. #endorsed

    • Courser

      I’ve noticed that. Haven’t read the article, but I’m not surprised. Hillary had a very accomplished staff of personal image consultants and she was made up to show her best possible public face. It’s really more of the perception that she, ‘takes good care of herself’ than anything else. But yeah, the spotlight’s no longer on her and hair and makeup were never a huge concern to her other than a way to get her job done. No need for it anymore. I get it and think she looks pretty great without it. Just different ‘looks’

    • Flashman

      Trump has cornered the market in orange spray?

    • puredog

      why does that look like a link but it isn’t?

      • Pinkham’s Law

        Because I are A Idiot. Fixed, and thank you for pointing it out.

    • suziq

      When you are for sure or maybe even very likely to have press photographers and TV people sticking cameras in your face you would want to be ready at all times. When you go hiking or buying books maybe no makeup or a touch that is subtle enough to look natural will do it. Not sure if the “no makeup” thing was the sightings in natural settings but she is probably enjoying being a regular person. The makeup for TV cameras is very heavy and not at all natural. And if not applied properly can make you look really orange.

      • Pinkham’s Law

        Per the article, she is going without even for public events.

    • nick kelly

      A lady out walking her dog in a park bumped into Hills and Bill a few days after the election. Bill took a pic of the two of the gals.
      Question: how many people have bumped into Mr. Anti-elitist out walking?

      • theCryptofishist

        Trick question. Bone spurs. Carried everywhere in a Roman litter.

    • nick kelly

      I like to drop in on my sister, who does not normally wear lip stick.
      But when I want to bring a lady friend, who also doesn’t, they both do.

      I want to tell them both not to bother but don’t feel it falls within my remit, province, etc, because I have NEVER opined about makeup except when asked.

  • JVisconti

    Always thought an Interpreter of Interpretations was the definition of an annoying mime.

    • tomamitai

      …an annoying mime

      Are there any other kind?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        A mime is a terrible thing to waste…

    • Cogswell – User of the wheel

      Your place or mime?

    • willi0000000

      if i shoot the mime, should i use the silencer?

      • Cogswell – User of the wheel

        –Steven Wright

        I remember that…

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    Will normal everyday Republicans realize they’ve been duped when they start to die off because of Republican policies? I assume no because states with oil rigs aren’t noticing the increase of earthquakes and turning blue (except for Colorado).

    also OT I am trying to explain to my mom that I should not apply to traditionally black colleges as a black student because I look white, I don’t think it’s fair for people with melanin who want to attend, and it sends a bad precedent for actual white people and she will not listen to reason.

    • Courser

      I’m so sorry. I can only offer hugs because as a white person who looks white, I have no idea how complex that is for you. I hope you can come to an understanding on this.

    • Shibusa

      Will normal everyday Republicans realize they’ve been duped when they start to die off because of Republican policies?

      No.

    • suziq

      Have a pleasant discussion about the pros and cons of different colleges then apply where you want to. And maybe don’t mention all the specific ones you do apply to? : ) Good luck!

  • SayItWithWookies

    Ignorance can destroy in a day what knowledge took a hundred years to build — that’s why the power hungry worship it so much.

    • Courser

      The Anti-Science thing really fills me with despair. The whole ‘There is no such thing as Truth’ is a logical outgrowth of anti-science. My father is a scientist and science formed the foundation of my childhood. I ate that shit up with a spoon.

      I’ve kind of got my own litmus test for people. If they don’t accept evolution, then there’s nothing I can say to them that will ever change their minds. Any kind of social engagement is impossible when we don’t share a common universe. We might as well speak two entirely different languages with no commonality.

      • Slavakitty

        I’ve been giving this a LOT of thought lately. (Curled up in a fetal position sucking my thumb under my desk, but still.) My conclusion is thus: progressives strive to respect the dignity of all, and they’re willing to share personal power to ensure that nobody is left behind. Conversely, conservatives want to win. Winning is a zero-sum game. For them to win, someone has to lose. The prospect of a society where there are no winners or losers is therefore very threatening to conservatives (because in such a society power is shared and not accumulated) and thus, they view us as a threat to their power and that is why they revile us. They must defend their right to oppress anyone who is not on the winning team. This is war, and one can never hope to find common ground with those who deny that all people are equally deserving of dignity and legitimacy.

    • Cogswell – User of the wheel

      A Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World While the Truth Is Putting On Its Shoes.

      Please note: This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain in 1919, however, Twain died in 1910.

      There are similar quotes previous to Mark Twain.

      • willi0000000

        “has been attributed to Mark Twain”

        when we all know it was Lord De Worde.

        [ thanks Sir Pterry ]

        • Odd Jørgensen

          Born To Rune!

          • willi0000000

            The Truth Shall Make You Flee

  • Scrofula

    Thing is, you’d get much juicier grants from Exxon than the NSF. But no one would publish your bullshit “findings”.

    • nastymagyar

      Trump U Jr. would

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      except the House Science Committee

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      That’s what Twitter is for. Straight to the President, who will tweet it to millions, who will take it as gospel truth, all before the NYT even gets around to saying “WTF is this?”

    • Scrofula

      Well, I did forget about the prestigious Journal of Prius Owners Are Teh Gay.

  • Courser

    This shit gripes me even more than the Orange Shitgibbon. The dumbing down of our country, the denial of science, is just insane. As far as I’m concerned the OG is the culmination of this anti-science movement. Also too the whole ‘Truth is Whatever You Think It Is’ philosophy.

    Hey, which do you think will make me more reviled to the Trump regime: That I am Wiccan or that I’m a Science Believer? (Also yes, I am a living oxymoron)

    • Cogswell – User of the wheel

      Fuckin’ science deniers should have all of their technology taken away and be forced to live in caves.

      I’m sure they’d come around after about five minutes of darkness and cold.

  • As a scientist-cat, let me reveal a secret: The dark, dead, omnipresent matter clogging up the Universe is Conservatism.

    • Courser

      Dark Matter?

      • To most GOP? Nope!

      • Scrofula

        Dark matter mostly passes through normal matter without interaction; this would be more of a supermassive black hole devouring all reason and compassion.

        • Naytch

          Something really dense…

    • CriticalDragon1177

      But you can’t be a scientist and a cat, all cats are creationists, so says da lord’s chosen cat! Just ask him!

      https://twitter.com/creationistcat?lang=en

      You sir must be some kind of liar! ;)

      • Historicat

        Uh, cats are deities. You may worship us to fullest of your abilities now.

  • Shibusa
    • CriticalDragon1177

      And the whale responds,

      “But than of we won’t have too long until the oceans start to evaporate and Earth turns into Venus!”

  • Picabo

    I’ve been following some postings on Daily Kos about how the Arctic is crazy warm for this time of year. That warmth has trapped cold air in Siberia where they have been having a colder than normal fall. That cold air is about to move into North America so we may be looking at some record breaking temps. We can count on das rubes and their media masters to use this to deny global warming. Bet Colonel Bonespur will tweet something.

    http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/11/16/1600223/-Arctic-Sea-Ice-Collapse-Has-Destabilized-the-Stratospheric-Lower-Atmospheric-Circulations

    http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/12/2/1606465/–Siberian-air-Will-Blow-to-U-S-as-Polar-Vortex-Breaks-Down-Jet-Stream-Crosses-North-Pole

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Too bad reality won’t penetrate the wingnuttosphere, where actual newspapers are not to be trusted, but jagoff conspiracy theorists are high priests of learning.

    • phoenix00

      Actual scientists? Don’t listen to them either, they’re all part of the coastal elite.

  • FauxAntocles

    Black is white, day is night, and, as always, we have always been at war with Eastasia.

  • Fartknocker

    Oh, oh, oh, I have a fun fact. The cute 4 color diamond used by the House Committee on Science and Technology is a derivation of the Hazardous Materials Identification sign used by the emergency response. It uses a numerical rating of 0-4 for chemical health, flammability and instability. The white field is for bad ju ju like radioactive isotopes, oxidizers, corrosives or water reactive.

    I find it funny that this is the same committee that let gave Halliburton and Transocean a pass for killing 30 workers on the Mencado drilling rig that polluted the Gulf of Mexico (we still don’t understand the full ramifications of dispersants on deep sea life). The Committee didn’t want to consider revising ammonium nitrate after 14 people died in West, Texas because a chemical plant was built too close to a small town. So in summary, these people have no real idea of what hazards are in the world, the changes in environment, or how it has and will directly impact us mammals called humans. They choose to focus on the Special Interests.

    Sorry for the lack of snarkiness. I’m already tired of the POTUS elect. What was sad was watching a Trump voter last night on Chris Hayes who thought he was going to save the day for the middle class. She felt duped and her vote was based on lies. Well, honey, it was. Thanks for participating. Now we all get to enjoy a shit storm of such a magnitude that GWB2 will probably get a Nobel prize for his cat oil paintings.

    • willi0000000

      haven’t figured out where he gets his cat oil.

      meanwhile trying to figue out how to send he science deniers this . . . but from a greater height.

    • Odd Jørgensen

      GWB2 can get oil from a cat? He truly are a texan.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      “I’m already tired of the POTUS elect” Our POTUS-E.

  • Gosala
  • Radardude

    I’m really confused. Didn’t anyone else have basic science classes in school. In eighth goddamn grade we experimented with atmospheric chambers, mixing gases, environmental conditions and evaluating results. In a public fucking school paid for by the poor oppressed taxpayers. One unequivocal conclusion was if you increased carbon compounds, the chamber would lose heat more slowly than the control chamber, repeatable 100% of the time. This was in the 1970s. Let’s just keep pouring carbon compounds into the atmosphere.

    • Scrofula

      Yeah, but the carbon compounds aren’t from your manly and patriotic SUV or manly and delicious beef production, they’re from libtards having butt sex cause it makes you fart or something.

      • Radardude

        I don’t own a manly SUV, but I do own a pickup truck. It is a wonderful thing to have; not sure if it patriotic or not, a Japanese nameplate but made in Tennessee. I have a house and making incremental improvements on it, I can load up the bed with supplies. It is a small pickup, now 11 years old and, gasp, has a manual transmission. I also have a Corolla that I drive most of the time, also, too, a manual transmission. I eat beef too, and enjoy it though I’m aware the steer did not.

        • Scrofula

          That’s wonderful, but you left out the butt sex.

          (I’ve owned a pickup and eat beef as well)

          • Radardude

            If I were to address butt sex I would be violating a sacred pact I’ve held to through my life, Don’t tell!.

          • Scrofula

            Don’t worry–I try to keep my, er, escapades on the down low too. Although I never considered any of them “sacred”; maybe you should share your secret.

        • phoenix00

          Nissan?

    • Begin Anew Day

      That would be a great idea if the Earth and it’s entire atmospheric layer was contained in a single sealed chamber!

      Alas, we lack the GIANT chamber! We have lacked it for 100% of our time on earth and no one seems to be building one right now.

      Since that condition does not exist and very likely will never exist perhaps you might re-think the idea of DOUBLING DOWN on CO2 emissions.

  • Sedagive

    The war on Science is the last war that humanity will ever fight.

    Science will win, and “we” will lose. Bigly.

    • Begin Anew Day

      The Polish Futurist Stanislaw Lem predicted a geometric progression in the development of artificial intelligence that would reach a critical point for humanity.

      He predicted a speed of light takeover by these super-intelligences which would result in humanities complete helplessness.

      The new Overlords wouldn’t even want us as slaves. Too much trouble. Humanity and it’s needs would be completely subordinated to the creation of even more powerful AI.

      Money wouldn’t mean a thing. Chest beating ferocity would accomplish nothing.

      The New Overlords would only have one goal, migration from Earth to the stars.

      • Sedagive

        I do love me some Lem : )

        • Begin Anew Day

          ;>))

  • Nasty Girl Brianna

    War is peace, ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery, and Brawndo has electrolytes that plants crave.

    Mike Judge was spot-on in his assessment of this culture. In the end, it will be the ignorance that destroys us all.

    • Begin Anew Day

      Mike Judge goofed on how soon the idiot dregs would take over America.

      But Judge Dredd predicted that, outside the shield walls of the Mega-Cities, the North American continent would be a Cursed Earth of wild gangs, mutant radiation survivors, flesh eating robots and freakish monsters by the middle of the 21st Century. Judge Dredd is actually on track to being completely right.

  • Me not sure

    Twenty seven years ago the PBS series “Nova” presented an episode that explained the science behind global warming called “Is It Hot Enough For You?”. The explanations were simple and straightforward and the predicted outcomes look startlingly similar to what we face today. It is still available for viewing online. I recommend it to anyone who thinks that this is something dreamed up by scientists or the Chinese to bring down the western way of life.

    • Mavenmaven

      They will solve that problem by defunding PBS.

      • Me not sure

        Voila! No more global warming.

      • Begin Anew Day

        Killing the Messenger?

        It brings a tear to my jaded eye to see America has some traditions that are still honored.

      • Slavakitty

        They did one step better and accepted Koch money in exchange for board positions, and now the propaganda is so blatant I can’t even. Steve Inskeep et. al. have sold their souls. I’m annoyed at having my contributions used for this dreck. I no longer trust them to be purveyors of truth and objectivity.

    • NC outlawed rising sea waters so we are in the clear.

      • Me not sure

        The University of South Carolina did study shown in the program to show the effects of an increased CO2 environment on grain crops. They wanted to see if CO2 made the plants increase in crop production. What they found out is that they got more stem and leaf growth
        and less grain.

        • Jesse4

          CO2 enrichment makes more problems with bugs, and is less nutritious too.

  • JHan

    Climate Change is a chinese hoax y’all. Trumpolini told me so.

  • Royal Ugly Dude

    Cruz: NASA should be about studying space, where no political donors have drilling contracts

    those smegheads at the Jupiter Mining Corporation are working on that right now.

    • Sedagive

      Upvote for rare Red Dwarf sighting.

      • Begin Anew Day

        Take Out Curry, beer and being the last human in the universe has never looked so appealing before.

  • Rep Clark should have noted that the tweet is proof that the Majority Party members are individually and in the aggregate dumber than the shoes they wear.

  • The Breitbart piece by James Delingpole…

    The Breitbart piece by James Delingpole Dingleberry…

    (There! I fixed your article Doc! ? )

  • SnarkON

    Anyone who doesn’t believe in climate change: Please move to Miami. Or Venice, Italy. Stay for about 20 years. Then wait for us to pull up in a big boat and throw you a life ring. Just keep waiting. We’ll be along eventually.

  • 3FingerPete

    And with Trump’s masterful debunking of CFC regulations I guess the science is settled.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JEa1jhWjss

    • phoenix00

      Say bai bai to the ozone layer yet again. That’s settled too!

      • Bongstar420

        Well, the extra UVB light will lower trumpski’s need for fake tan sauce.

        The Ozone layer is our principle sunblocker for bad UV’s

    • Ray in VT

      Fer fuck’s sake.

  • tehbaddr
    • CriticalDragon1177

      And there are people who would actually enjoy that.

  • OrG

    My roses stopped blooming.Global warming is a hoax?

    • azeyote

      i’ve got ice cubes in my freezer that proves it’s a hoax, and still those libtards think there’s global warming just cause their ice cream melts at room temp –

    • Zyxomma

      The roses in NJ are still blooming. I’m visiting elder sister, and they’re right outside the kitchen window, where the Christmas cactus is also blooming.

  • Verena Block

    We picked our last tomatoes off our tomato plants in Chicago right before Thanksgiving this year. Yay Global Warming!

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      We still have them on the vine in Oakland. Taking forever to ripen, though.

  • Anyone else see any problem with politicians telling scientists what they may and may not study?
    Anyone?
    C’mon, even the fucking mouth breathers have to raise an eyebrow at this shit

    • Begin Anew Day

      Politicians policing science inquiry is exactly what the fucking mouth breathers WANTED when they elected people like Broun, Gohmert and Cruz to office.

      • Mayor_Mayor_Mayor

        Well that reminder made me feel extra stabby. What the acual, lieral, figurative, rhetorical etc fuck are those weasel taints thinking?

        • ThunderCat

          They think they can swim to higher ground.

        • Begin Anew Day

          I love the irony of mentioning “thinking” when referring to RWNJ’s.

    • Bongstar420

      Exxon should determine who gets to study what…with their money of course…and as per is legally required, those studies should always maximize shareholder returns.

      Did you know that the government has been for putting pot smokers in jail while it funds research that proves that Cannabis has numerous medical benefits and isn’t a threat to public health..

      Go figure- mouth breathers

  • Thaumaturgist

    If your bonus depends on your stock price today, why would you cut profits to protect the price of that stock twenty years from now?

    • Bongstar420

      What you do is borrow a bunch of ca$h to put into the funds, then you sell it before declaring bankruptcy. If you are the majority holder, which is common for CEO’s these days, you just maximized shareholder returns.
      CEO’s are legally required to maximize share holder returns, or in modern times, their returns

  • Mayor_Mayor_Mayor

    Obligatory “then why so it just a theory?” followed with a rhetorical spin kick to the naughty bits. Yeehaw, motherfuckers, we elected the instrument of our own extinction. Vote anaerobic bacterium in 2020.

    • dshwa

      What have you got against roaches achieving their destiny as supreme life form on the planet?

      • Miles Monroe

        They may not even survive; from Wikipedia:

        “The end-Permian [aka the “Great Dying”, Earth’s most severe extinction event, which wiped out 96% of all marine species and 70% of terrestrial vertebrates, also thought to have been caused primarily by climate change as a result of rapid warming–sea surface temperatures reached 104º F! ] is the only known mass extinction of insects, with eight or nine insect orders becoming extinct and ten more greatly reduced in diversity.”

      • pgjack

        I’m for tardigrades. They’ll survive anything.

        • Bongstar420

          I want a tardis too.

    • Bongstar420

      “Gravity” is just a theory…

      I guess we should just discount it as liberal bias yet again.

      You know the facts are biased! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2aebebc0fa219c94f2e40db648d4e44a81f1a16a55a62e285751cd307972f744.jpg

      • (Major_Major_Major)ly+Fucked

        “Facts” and “data” have a marked liberal bias. That is an awesome picture, btw

  • CriticalDragon1177

    This is what you get when the government is run by wingnuts!

    • Alan

      That was succinct.

    • Bongstar420

      You mean the 30 years of republican and republican lite the oligarchs, plutocrats, and kleptocrats have been ramming down our throats and while they convince us its in our own interests?

  • Iron Monkey

    These numbskulls not those who really, truly believe that climate change is a hoax and that evolution doesn’t explain the diversity and dispersal of life on earth, but the oil company lickspittles must know that it matters not how much they deny climate change it is going to change anyway.

    • willi0000000

      i try not to use the term “climate change” . . . it was coined by one frank luntz because it’s easy to argue that the climate is always changing, it’s just a natural process therefore not in any way caused by, or amenable by, human intervention.

      it’s global warming, please.

      • Britpoptarts

        Interesting. Conversely, I prefer the phrase “climate change” because “global warming” causes ID-10-Ts like Inohofe to juggle snowballs and scoff at science on the grounds that wintertime in the Northern Hemisphere managed to be cold yet again, whereas “climate change” includes recently more extreme weather, which would encompass extra-hot summers, extra-floody rainy seasons, extra-windy hurricane seasons, and extra-snowy winters.

        • Bongstar420

          None of it is more extreme than events that have occurred before.

          I would wager that global warming is actually reducing the magnitude of extreme weather events over all.

      • Bongstar420

        Al Gore has a degree in government. Global Warming is his baby.

        You got to think of something better.

        Also,, we really ought to address which is preferable, a colder or warmer climate.

        I vote for warmer but am willing to go with colder if enough people consciously want that

  • The Librarian

    Denying climate change is just another way for those to keep pillaging our earth for the almighty dollar. More precious than having clean water to drink, air to breathe, and a piece of land unbefouled to call home.

  • DahBoner
    • Bongstar420

      Well, Obama is classy

  • Bill Slider

    It’s time to write a book:
    2024
    Damn You, Hillary.

  • TellMeImDreaming

    You’ve got your very own version of a reality show. What would Americans do if they were suddenly switched with the 1930’s Germans? Apparently nothing different.

  • Bongstar420

    breitbart banned me for correcting one of their commenters a week ago who said this is the coldest winter in decades. I simply noted that the average of the temps this year in N America are well, average, and that the price of natural gas will barely break $4MMBtu even though the inventory is lower than last year, and last year was warmer than average. I further stated that the current price will not rally much and the “cold” will dissipate within weeks.

    OK…I should also note I was making comments that trumpski represents the biggest power grab and hand outs for the rich since reagan.

    Which we know, this is Merika, and fake news like that has no business on breitbart…and of course, hateful rhetoric is totally cool https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce7b7781fda56ce9d5f329e32a070f0d3b32dd33660433f40de850b19fbc36de.png

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