As the Conservative Progresses

October 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

The study of the world’s surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. He pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. 

Stop the presses.  The end of days is surely upon us.

There is no reason now to be a skeptic about steadily increasing temperatures, Muller wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages, a place friendly to skeptics. 

But beyond that is the thing he now says he is wrong about – this is practically the foundation of all things ‘conservative’: Climate Change!  Of course, there’s only so long that you can keep decrying the evidence before your legacy is that you were an idiot.  Eventually, even the most anti-progressive, evidence-ignoring conservatives among us finally conceded that maybe the Earth isn’t flat, after all.

Nothing makes a conservative happier than to say that Climate Change is just a bunch of hype.  Denying Climate Change is a core belief of the conservative.  You find a Republican and they can’t wait to talk about how Climate Change and Global Warming are totally fictitious inventions of the progressive mind.

Every time it gets cold my Republican friends can’t wait to be first to point out that Global Warming is a myth.  In the early portion of this year, we got snow.  What I heard that day: So much for Global Warming; Are these liberals gonna tell me about Global Warming now?; Yeah, Climate Change is real…whatever.  I can look outside and see that Global Warming is bullshit.  This is because it snowed….in the WINTER.  As unfathomable as that sounds, it snowed between December and March.

There is a large percentage who literally have no distinction between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’.  And will argue with you about it.  And their Hannity-inspired understanding of Climate Change is that it means there will never be another cold day on Earth.

So back to the story – another great part about it is that study was funded in large part by the neo-con Koch brothers:

One-quarter of the $600,000 to do the research came from the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of skeptic groups and the tea party.

The Koch brothers, Charles and David, run a large privately held company involved in oil and other industries, producing sizable greenhouse gas emissions.

When I was a child, I remember learning about the Scopes monkey trial, and how the progressives ‘modernists’ of 1925 helped bring the conservative ‘fundamentalists’ into the modern era by illustrating scientific evidence, while keeping religious beliefs out of school.  Maybe they will re-learn that lesson next. Or maybe they’ll re-learn about the heliocentric system. Stay tuned for part 2 of the “As the Conservative Progresses”.

Hopefully between things like this combined with the completely ludicrous Conservative candidates for 2012, the USA can move forward again.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/30/richard-muller-global-warming_n_1066029.html?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl12|sec1_lnk2|108718

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