‘New’ report says global warming now ‘rapidly’ ruining America
by Don McKee
May 07, 2014 12:41 AM | 1432 views | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Don McKee
Don McKee
The stage is being set for more drastic federal regulations of coal-fired power plants that produce about 40 percent of electricity power in this country. President Obama plans to propose new regulations this summer.

And that brings us to global warming, which grows worse with each “new” report from scientist groups. Now we’re told that warming is “rapidly” wreaking all sorts of havoc on our country.

“Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous,” the Associated Press wrote, citing the “new federal scientific study” by the National Climate Assessment released Tuesday. But it’s not too late to prevent the worst of the dire effects, the report says. The “new” report was released in draft form in January 2013 but, the AP says, the current version “has been reviewed by more scientists.” That included two times by the National Academy of Science, which termed it “reasonable.”

The report been put into simpler language so people can be aware “that there’s a new source of risk in their lives,” said the lead author, Gary Yohe of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. So the risk is “new” and the worsening warming is “rapidly” ruining America the beautiful. And, we’re told, “climate disruption” is just another way to say global warming.

It’s also another way to say more federal regulations. Obama ordered tough new fuel standards for heavy duty trucks in February “as part of what aides say will be an increasingly muscular and unilateral campaign to tackle climate change through the use of the president’s executive power,” the New York Times said.

Despite all the alarming words, there’s a telling paragraph in the AP story: “The report says the intensity, frequency and duration of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes have increased since the early 1980s, but it is still uncertain how much of that is from man-made warming.” What’s this? The more than 250 scientists and government officials who worked on this report are uncertain how much man-made warming has to do with hurricanes? But they’re certain about all the other effects, including such things as smoke from wildfires, smog from pollution, “more diseases from tainted food, water, mosquitoes and ticks,” per the AP, and a longer ragweed pollen season?

The report forecasts more intense heat waves nationwide and stronger droughts in the Southwest and a rise of between a foot and four feet in sea level by 2100, a scant 86 years in the future. The damaging effects of climate change, the scientists predict, “are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond.”

There are skeptics, including Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who made a prediction about the report. He said Obama likely will “use the platform to renew his call for a national energy tax.” McConnell also predicted that Obama will “get loud cheers from liberal elites — from the kind of people who leave a giant carbon footprint and then lecture everybody else about low-flow toilets.”

You think he has a point?


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May 07, 2014
New York Times, May 21, 1975, "Scientists Ask Why World Climate Is Changing; Major Cooling May Be Ahead", by Walter Sullivan.

The "climate scientists" were wrong then; but, they are correct now?

Is that what y'all are saying?
McKee wrong agani
May 07, 2014
Dn "head in the sand" Mckee still does not get it. He uses political arguments for a scientific based crisis. Since Don will likely be dead before we all feel the mounting affects of climate change he does not care about your kids or their kids, it all comes down to politics to him no matter how dire the situation is.
Kevin Foley
May 07, 2014
Don, you and I won't be around to see the damage done to the environment if steps aren't taken now to mitigate the effects of global warming. Of course Mitch McConnell would politicize it. He works for Kentucky's coal producers.

The report was mandated by Congress under legislation signed by President Bush. Here's the link to the report:

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