Arrogance of Climate Change Denial

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) told the Voice of Christian Youth America that God controls the climate, not humans. Promoting his book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, Inhofe said:

Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.

I cite the 2012 THINKPROGRESS citation because it seems to tap the source of a pernicious internet meme that reminds us, when all is said and done:

What arrogance of science deniers to think that God and Mother Nature, your choice, might smile indulgently over our exponentially increasing befoulment of their air, land and water — or perhaps not even notice.

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Need Rain? Save a Forest.

From nature, international weekly journal of science :

 

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A large source of low-volatility secondary organic aerosol

Forests emit huge quantities of volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere and their oxidation forms secondary organic aerosols that scatter solar radiation and act as cloud seeds. The mechanism of formation of aerosol particles remains unclear, but this study identifies some of the intermediate compounds that aid aerosol formation. These findings could help improve assessments of biosphere-aerosol-climate feedback mechanisms, and the air quality and climate effects of emissions produced by vegetation.

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More on Science Denial

My first comment post on the Huffington editorial From a Boy Who Loved NASA: How 49 Heroes Lost the Right Stuff and Sullied Their Names by Shawn Otto:

Thanks, Shawn Otto, for an exceptionally well written, interesting and well documented article. I know many cases where science denial is politically motivated, but many more where folks who are not fundamentally interested in science developments, and don’t follow science news, are genuinely confused about who to believe. For former NASA astronauts to pander to the political spin is absolutely shameful. We can debate how fast the ice sheets are melting, how high the oceans will rise, what species will be at risk first, how and where human food and water resources will be impacted, and what parts of the world may become uninhabitable first, but not the direction and implication of those trends. To an unknown extent, our planet is self-healing, but to gamble on inexhaustibility is suicidal.”

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My comment on an editorial about the astronauts who came out against climate change:

huffingtonpost entry
From a Boy Who Loved NASA: How 49 Heroes Lost the Right Stuff and Sullied Their Names
Commented Apr 13, 2012 at 13:42:54 in Green

Even more pointedly, Earth (the planet) isn’t registered to vote, doesn’t care, isn’t listening to the debate, and just keeps doing her own thing based on chemical and thermodynamic equilibriums we “choose” to ignore.”

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