According to an Associated Press Science writer,
When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, global warming was a slow-moving environmental problem that was easy to ignore. Now it is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid.
Since Clinton's inauguration, summer Arctic sea ice has lost the equivalent of Alaska, California and Texas. The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since Clinton's second inauguration. Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it.
"The time for delay is over; the time for denial is over," [President Elect Obama] said . . .[on 14 December] after meeting with former Vice President Al Gore, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming. "We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now that this is a matter of urgency and national security and it has to be dealt with in a serious way."
I reject the notion, conceivably implicit in the article, that it is all former President Clinton's fault. His carbon dioxide and methane emissions were, on a global scale, minuscule. The Post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy leads only to muddled analysis; indeed, nothing former President Clinton may have done in the Oval Office could have contributed even slightly to the present horrific Global Warming mess. We must all share the blame, and behave accordingly. If no action is taken promptly, not only the Earth is damned; even innocent Mars may be seriously at risk; so may be all of the other planets in our solar system; yea, perhaps even the entire Universe. Issue must be taken, respectfully, with President Elect Obama's assertion that
Because the truth is that promoting science isn't just about providing resources — it's about protecting free and open inquiry. It's about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.
While doubtless well meaning, MMGW (Man Made Global Warming, not the far less threatening Murdering Muddler George W.) is too important for reflection and delay. Fortunately, President Elect Obama's new science advisers are on the ball.
Colleagues say the post is well-suited for Holdren, who at Harvard went from battling the spread of nuclear weapons to tackling the threat of global warming. He's an award-laden scientist comfortable in many different fields.
We can only hope that Mr. Holden is as successful in combating the threat of MMGW as has been the case in combating the threat of nuclear proliferation; MMGW is far more threatening.
Since as President Elect Obama says, "we all believe" in Real Science and in MMGW and therefore believe that "the time for delay is over; the time for denial is over," it is plainly obvious that we must all accept without question the thoughtfully considered position of former Vice President Gore: the present calamitous situation is "the equivalent of a five-alarm fire that has to be addressed immediately." Those who are skeptical of MMWG, all of whom wear tin foil hats and are wickedly misinformed, should chill out, sit down and shut up. Right Now. Not only that, they should confess their sins, promise to sin no more and do penance. We must save the world, now! Undeniably, later will be too late.
We must not consider, even for a moment, what the pernicious debunkers claim. They are ideologically impaired and not even one of them is a Real Scientist. The Truth is not in them. And, obviously, we must not consider anything reported by Faux News:
Scientists skeptical of the assertion that climate change is the result of man's activities are criticizing a recent Associated Press report [linked above] on global warming, calling it "irrational hysteria," "horrifically bad" and "incredibly biased."