July 10, 2012 | There's vehement agreement among scientists that the earth is getting warmer. Indeed, the last 12 months were the hottest ever, since record-keeping began in 1895 — do the math: that's 117 years! (NOAA National Climatic Data Center's "State of the Climate: National Overview for June 2012").
The trend in the long-term chart is ominous:
Furthermore, over half the country is now experiencing drought conditions. Dust off that crystal ball and see that hot, dry times are ahead.
Solid scientific evidence notwithstanding, the deniers are out in full force. On Sunday's This Week (ABC) George Will dismissed it all with the single word, "summer." That's a little like looking at a hurricane and calling it an ocean breeze. C'mon George, get your head out of the sand (or wherever it is) and take off your GOP glasses!
For those who are inclined to think the scientific evidence isn't all that solid, I heartily recommend Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. M. Conway.They trace how the tactic of casting doubt on science developed and was adopted by the right, to devastating effect for our country.
Of course, desert rats, upon seeing national weather news stories about "scorching temperatures" in the rest of the country, tend to shrug, since if it's not more than 110° it's not yet "hot" in the desert. That said, AccuWeather.com (whose weather gadget I have on my desktop) cannot resist issuing alarmist claptrap like the current "alert" (above).
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