White House Short Video Lambastes Congressional Climate Change Deniers

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April 26 2013 8:00 AM

What’s the Opposite of Progress?

Via DeSmogBlog (and, apparently, President Obama on Twitter) I saw this remarkable video simply lambasting Congressional Republicans over their head-in-the-sand climate change attitudes:

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I approve. The video was made by Organizing for Action, which is by their own description, “a nonprofit organization established to support President Obama in achieving enactment of the national agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012.” Among other things, they “will advocate for…sensible environmental policies to address climate change.”

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They have a page with the video on it and a link for donations. President Obama has been talking more about climate change in recent years, but I haven’t seen a lot of movement on it on his part. Hopefully this is a sign he’s getting ready to do something.

I’ll note I heard about this video on the heels of yet another study supporting the reality of the famed “hockey stick” graph—the one showing that over the past century or so we’ve faced an unprecedented jump in temperatures across the globe. And that study comes after recent research that shows that this rise in temperature is not only real, but the warming we’re experiencing is faster than anything that has occurred on Earth for at least the past 11,000 years.

Marcott update to Hockey Stick graph

Graphic by Marcott et al. (via Climate Desk)*

In fact, this graph more than any other has been viciously attacked by deniers over the years, and yet not only withstands the tests, but more research only supports it further.

The world is warming up. That warming has not paused. We humans are to blame. It’s that simple, and it doesn’t matter how much Rep. Paul “Lies straight from the Pits of Hell” Broun says it’s a hoax (or what will no doubt be in the stream of denialist comments below this post). There is no scientific controversy about this, just a lot of hot air from people ideologically and financially invested in manufacturing one.

I’m glad the President wants to take action. I’ll be even happier if and when he actually does.

The title of this post comes from the old joke: If "con" is the opposite of "pro"...