Republicans: Climate Change is Real, Let’s Do Nothing.

February 15, 2019

 

John Shimkus in 2009.

Below, John Shimkus today.
Proving that evolution is real, but maybe not “intelligent design”.

Rep. Fred Upton, R-MI, Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill, Rep. Greg Walden, R-OR, in RealClearPolicy:

Climate change is real, and as Republican Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we are focused on solutions. A serious, solutions-oriented discussion about how to address this challenge, while protecting the interests of the American people, our communities, and our country’s economic well-being is fundamental to getting this right.

America’s approach for tackling climate change should be built upon the principles of innovation, conservation, and adaptation. Republicans have long championed realistic, innovative, and free-market strategies to promote a cleaner environment and to reduce emissions. The results are clear: The United States is leading the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions thanks to vibrant energy sector competition and innovation. In 2017, U.S. carbon emissions were the lowest they’ve been since 1992. Despite a slight increase in emissions in 2018, mostly due to the positive development of increased American manufacturing, analysts project U.S. emissions will remain flat in upcoming years at roughly 13 percent lower than 2005 levels.

We must address climate change in ways that focus on American prosperity and technological capabilities while maintaining America’s leadership in clean and renewable energy innovation.  By doubling down on innovation, we can supply the world with new tools to combat emissions.

We should continue to encourage innovation and renewable energy development. We should promote carbon capture and utilization, renewable hydropower, and safe nuclear power, which is emissions-free. We should also look to remove barriers to energy storage and commercial batteries to help make renewable sources more viable and our electricity grid more resilient. And we must encourage more research and business investments in new clean energy technologies.  These are bipartisan solutions we must seize on to deliver real results for the American people.

ThinkProgress:

In the real world, Walden, Upton, and Shimkus have all repeatedly voted against amendments recognizing that climate change is real and have taken money from the leading funders of climate denial, the petrochemical and fossil fuel billionaire Koch brothers.

In 2011, for instance, Upton said of global warming, “I do not say that it is man-made.” Shimkus has said cutting CO2 emissions is “Taking away plant food from the atmosphere” and said global warming won’t destroy the earth because “The earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth.” And in 2017, Walden actually warned against supporting renewables.

So how do hardcore opponents of climate science and climate action pretend they have solutions? It’s all about “innovation,” as the op-ed makes clear:

We must address climate change in ways that focus on American prosperity and technological capabilities while maintaining America’s leadership in clean and renewable energy innovation. By doubling down on innovation, we can supply the world with new tools to combat emissions.

We should continue to encourage innovation and renewable energy development.

Walden and the others don’t support the actual solution to global warming — which is deploying clean energy. But, beyond that, they don’t even support developingrenewable energy. Instead, they want to “encourage it.”

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9 Responses to “Republicans: Climate Change is Real, Let’s Do Nothing.”

  1. Terry Donte Says:

    If one wants to believe than it is pretty hard to change ones mind as belief is not subject to rational discussion and fact checking. The people named in this piece may be irrational or not. People, including scientists, have not found facts to support the claim man is changing the climate and there is something man could do to reduce or stop that change. There is a difference between opinion, models and reality which one is wise to keep in mind on any subject.

    Historical data shows the climate has changed a lot in the past, Ice age to warmer than today back to ice age back to warmer. In the last 20,000 years we have gone from ice age to warmer than today 8000 BP to reduced warmer to warmer again 4500 BP to less to the midevil warm period which allowed the vikings to settle in Greenland and raise cattle back to the little ice age which wiped out the vikings in Greenland and back to warming again about 400 years ago. CO2 changes have not been shown to be the source of any of the warming and cooling in at least the last 20,000 years.

    The current arguments for man induced warming are the subject of this blog and well put out by many who believe the data supports their position. Others can look at the same data and say no it does not. CO2 is rising and it has many beneficial effects, it makes plants grow better, hundreds of millions are alive as a result, warmer is better if you are a farmer as cold kills your crops, everybody in the northern hemisphere is better off as a result of warming. Actual ocean rise trends are 3 to 4 inches in the next 100 years so warming is not a real reason to panic but to plan ahead.

    In looking at the claims, nobody has bothered to explain why Star data at NOAA shows the temperature has been declining for decades. It is at variance with Giss which is increasing. One or the other is wrong and there would be a reason(s) why it is wrong. There are many other examples. Even this blog never explains why contrary data is contrary, it simply dismisses the contrary. That is not science, that is opinion.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      CO2 is rising and it has many beneficial effects, it makes plants grow better, hundreds of millions are alive as a result, warmer is better if you are a farmer as cold kills your crops, everybody in the northern hemisphere is better off as a result of warming.

      Crops have evolved and been bred for preexisting climate and CO2 levels. Longer stretches of drought, rain, heat and cold are bad for a lot of both food crops and wildlife.

      Name one crop that has benefited from increased CO2 without suffering more from changes in overnight temperatures and rainfall (with a citation from agricultural science).

      I look forward to you addressing these points, plus your challenge to the facts I have listed in my other comment.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    People, including scientists, have not found facts to support the claim man is changing the climate.

    Which facts do you have trouble accepting? Be specific.
    (1) CO2, CH4 and other functionally similar greenhouse gases block certain wavelengths of infrared (heat) radiation coming off the Earth.
    (2) Atmospheric CO2, as measured in the Keeling Curve, has been increasing rapidly; more rapidly than seen before in the Earth’s paleological record.
    (3) Over the past few centuries, humans have extracted and combusted gigatons of fossil carbon that was not part of the Earth’s surface carbon cycle for hundreds of thousands or millions of years.
    (4) Mercury is closer to the sun than Venus, but Venus is hotter.
    (5) Exxon scientists and management agreed in the 1970s that CO2 would cause global warming.
    (6) The sun’s activity over the last few decades has been, if anything, lower than previous decades.
    (7) Accelerated melt of Arctic ice is because the Arctic is getting, on average, warmer.
    (8) The Earth’s troposphere has been warming faster than its stratosphere, just as we would expect from GHG’s absorption of reflected heat radiation. (While, had the sun just become hotter, both the stratosphere and the troposphere would have warmed.)
    (9) Based on the Milankovitch cycles (of earth orbit and tilt), our planet should be cooling into its next ice age, but is instead warming.

  3. Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

    So the fate of the world, it’s ecology and people, are dependent on the mythology of Jewish goat herders, barely out of the neolithic, with the science of thousands of years ago. Politicians who quote such rubbish are either liars or stupid beyond belief. God will not help America (and Iran, Pakistan et al ), only people can.

  4. Terry Donte Says:

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earth Is one such study from government

    https://www.vaisala.com/en/lp/greenhouse-co2-measurements-higher-productivity-and-higher-quality?utm_medium is one such article from private industry which grows things in greenhouses.

    You refer to increase drought and rainfall. That is a subject which has very little evidence for your conclusion.

    Contraction of the Gobi Desert, 2000–2012
    Troy Sternberg *, Henri Rueff and Nick Middleton

    https://news.yahoo.com/2018-one-least-active-years-121407069.html

    This study found no increase in storm intensity in the midwest.
    Examining Flood Frequency Distributions in the Midwest U.S.†
    Gabriele Villarini James A. Smith Mary Lynn Baeck Witold F. Krajewski
    First published: 01 June 2011 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1752-1688.2011.00540.x

    Instead of droughts it is becoming wetter as this shows https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Droughts_in_the_United_States#/media/File:Average_

    Drought_Conditions_in_the_Contiguous_48_States,_1895-2011.png
    shows no increase.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DJYVQK0VwAA6Y8K.jpg show no increase in storm intensity since 1851.

    You can find hundreds of similar papers many of which come from NOAA and NASA as well as others to contradict the doom and gloom you report.

    The orbital tilt and orbit change you refer has been modeled by NASA, their models show warming for the next 25000 years, about 5 percent or around 3 degrees based on current world average temperatures. NOAA Star satellite data has the world cooling for decades so maybe something is wrong with the model or measurement.


  5. America is incapable of addressing climate change as long as republican numskulls behave like this –
    https://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/senate-snowball/


  6. I think climate change is going to be a major thorn in the GOPs side until they come around to the fact that they need to act. They are going to be losing a lot of votes on this issues alone until they wake up!


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