Is the GOP Ever Going to Acknowledge That Climate Change is Real?
Recently, we earthlings celebrated Earth Day, a day where once a year we put our planet first and do things to make it better.
Even if they're subtle, little things like recycling a can or turning off the TV when we're not using it, we do them for the sake of improving the world we live in.
But even on that one day where we do these harmless tasks, our planet continues to feel the crippling effects of climate change.
As a life-long resident of Southern Nevada, I can tell you that our summers are brutal, some of the hottest in the country.
And as the weather continues to warm up, the snow continues to melt before going where it needs to go.
This is bad, because the decrease in snowpack has wreaked havoc on the entire region.
I'm talking to you, California.
Now, all of these claims are facts. They're backed by scientists who almost unanimously agree that climate change, and man-made climate change at that, is destroying the planet.
So, why does the Republican Party continuously fail to recognize such a devastating crisis? I mean, it's science for crying out loud!
In the minds of the GOP, you know, the party backed by big businesses that make a killing by killing the planet, climate change is nothing but a lie.
And a big, fat one at that.
But it isn't just small-time Republicans who deny that climate change is real. These are big-name, presidential hopefuls who are willing to destroy our planet because they don't believe in science.
Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said this about climate change, according to The Guardian:
Our climate is always changing. And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that’s directly and almost solely attributable to man-made activity. I do not agree with that.
Here's Ted Cruz, R-Tex. from the same story:
Other parts are going up. It is not – you know, you always have to be worried about something that is considered a so-called scientific theory that fits every scenario. Climate change, as they have defined it, can never be disproved, because whether it gets hotter or whether it gets colder, whatever happens, they’ll say, well, it’s changing, so it proves our theory. I am always troubled by a theory that fits every perfect situation.
And here's the best one, from former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan when asked if humans are contributing to the change in our climate:
I don’t know the answer to that question. I don’t think science does, either.
Yes, Paul. Science does know the answer, because science is based on hypotheses supported by evidence. And the overwhelming evidence shows that humans are directly contributing to a rapid shift in our climate.
The increase in greenhouse gases from fossil fuels has caused myriad of disruptions in our climate, from rain patterns to snowpack which are decreasing by the day.
According to NASA, the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide level has increased 100 parts per million since 1950. The atmosphere’s current carbon dioxide concentration is the highest it has been in the past 650,000 years.
But all of this is hogwash to the Republicans backed by the coal industry. With fossil fuel companies dumping endless amounts of money into their representatives' campaigns, much like the endless amounts of carbon dioxide they dump into the atmosphere on a daily basis, are we really surprised that they're crying foul on climate change?
We shouldn't be, and there isn't any reason to believe they'll change their minds anytime soon.
Jim Inhofe, the crazy Republican senator from Oklahoma who's made a career from denying climate change, said that "climate change was the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," according to The Guardian.
What's sad (and ridiculously humiliating) about all of this is that the evidence is right in front of their eyes. All of it. It's all there. But hey, they're just facts.
And as the Southwest continues to dry up, (just take a look at Lake Mead which dipped to its lowest elevation since 1937) the base of the Republican Party will continue to do nothing about it.
I mean, how could we convince Jim Inhofe that the world is getting hotter when there's still snow on the ground?
In this particular case, as it goes for most instances of American politics, money buys power. Unfortunately for us, big money is telling Republicans that climate change is rubbish.
Let's just kill everyone while we're at it.