With warmest March on record, that frog gets a little more toasty

March of 2015 was the warmest March on the global meteorological record. Since January, we’ve experienced the warmest January to March on record, which in turn came on the heels of the warmest year on record. Given current trends and the presence of an El Nino in the Pacific, 2015 may likely replace 2014 as the warmest year on record, and not by a small amount.

The thermal map looked like this for March:

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In an editorial last week, the largest newspaper in Kentucky, the Lexington Herald Leader, likened Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and others fighting to block action on global climate change to those more than 150 years ago who fought to prevent the emancipation of slaves. “How could economic interests blind them to the immorality of their position?”, the editorial asked. “Political donors might reward elected leaders, but future generations will never forgive those whose vision ends with the next election.”

The charge clearly stung McConnell, who in a subsequent response argued that the moral equivalence “reveals a profound lack of moral seriousness.” Personally, though, I think the comparison is quite apt. Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will look back at our era and marvel at our selfishness and refusal to recognize what in reality is pretty damn obvious.

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Peachs
Peachs

One of the real problems is our country on whole works to improve the environment outside the south ,and Red China.  We can’t isolate ourselves from fools, there is no first class to hide in, what they do gets the rest of us. Like they smoke a cigarette and we all die of lung cancer, or we gladly would let them pee in our stream and drink it.

Paul42
Paul42

TBS

All those posts this morning from petroleum companies earning billions of dollars and those trade associations designed to promote, enhance and improve their business operations:  do you really expect us to believe they know anything at all about what they're  talking about?!!?  Do you really expect us to think their scientists are competent and they're not just making stuff up so they can keep getting grant funding or they're just on a pc bandwagon to protect their jobs?  Don't you have anybody who's a leader in the industry with a reputation for competence you can cite?

KUTGF
KUTGF

For a walk down memory lane, remember this GOP outrage:


Schweizer's GAI Released Data Claiming Obama Skipped More Than Half Of His Presidential Daily BriefingsThe Washington Post wrote in 2012 of research by Schweizer's Government Accountability Institute:


Then


Wash. Post: GAI's Data Is "Bogus." The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog examined a political ad that used GAI's report and strongly criticized GAI's data, awarding the briefings claim "Three Pinocchios" and concluding:

KUTGF
KUTGF

Media should be cautious with Republican activist and strategist Peter Schweizer's new book Clinton Cash. Schweizer has a disreputable history of reporting marked by errors and retractions, with numerous reporters excoriating him for facts that "do not check out," sources that "do not exist," and a basic failure to practice "Journalism 101." 

_________________


Well certainly that should not be expected to deter our RWers from spewing the lies as part of their HC hatred.  Why let facts and truth get in the way. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany @KUTGF

Source? our pals at MM.

You didn't really expect this author to go unscrutinized, given all the publicity his Hildebeast Klintoon book is generating, did you?

(I happened to see David Brock on Rachel's show last night.)

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@KUTGF I checked him out last evening, and found that one of his books, ostensibly devoted to investigating the causes of the 2008 market crash, continues to advance the debunked Republican shibboleth that the Community Reinvestment Act and subprime mortgages caused the crash.


As we all know, that's impossible, since many of the failed banks didn't even *write* mortgages of that sort, and over 80% of subprime mortgages were written by lenders that weren't even subject to the CRA


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

 Probably another beheading can't bother bamster's golf card. 

Can't wait to see the "show of hands" question in the GOP clown car debates, re: this burning issue.

TBS
TBS

Oh no they didn't state the following........


That’s precisely what the American Petroleum Institute did when it released its annualState of American Energy Report two weeks ago. Amid its bullish assessment of the nation’s ongoing boom in shale oil and gas, the leading fossil fuel trade group clearly and unequivocally acknowledged the threat of global warming, and highlighted — at some length — the steady rise of solar power as an encouraging sign.

“Few things threaten America’s future prosperity more than climate change,” the report declared. “But there is growing hope: Every 2.5 minutes of every single day, the U.S. solar industry is helping to fight this battle by flipping the switch on another completed solar project.” The report goes on to note that the solar power sector has shaved installation costs and enjoyed over 40 percent growth over the last year:

Simply put, when looking at America’s energy future, solar can be a real game changer, providing more and more homes, businesses, schools and government entities across the United States with clean, reliable and affordable electricity while also helping states to meet proposed new obligations under … the Clean Air Act.



http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomzeller/2015/01/18/the-end-of-the-partisan-divide-over-climate-change/

Soothsayer2
Soothsayer2

TEN THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR

1. I'm grateful that our choice of president has been reduced to two equally detestable dynasties or their proxies. This greatly simplifies the process of selecting a warmongering figurehead for the Empire and its bankers.

2. I'm grateful that I can watch a full spectrum of entertainment, ranging from depraved to dreadfully unfunny on any device at anytime. This white noise helps block out any troubling clarity of thought or urge to ask what I might feel if I wasn't constantly distracted.

3. I'm grateful that there are so many opportunities to borrow money, because if I couldn't borrow more, I might miss an astounding opportunity to consume more of something I don't really need.

 4. I'm grateful that every food item in the store now contains sugar in one form or another, or a sugar substitute. This simplifies the process of maintaining my addiction to sugar, as all I need to do is eat anything produced by Corporate America's food sector.

5. I'm grateful I live in a country where the government can trample on the rights of its citizens behind a thin veil of legitimacy. After all, what terrible thing might happen if the government couldn't arrest those horrible people tearing up their front yard lawn to plant a vegetable garden?

 6. I'm grateful for our national obsession with fostering phony self-esteem that has no basis in accomplishment, dedication or sacrifice for others, as the self-absorbed, entitled populace will still feel good about themselves as the bloated, dysfunctional status quo implodes.

 7. I'm grateful that we have institutionalized moral hazard as the unspoken law of the land, so financiers can gamble billions of dollars without worrying about the potential losses, as they know the taxpayers will foot the bill while they get to keep any gains.

 8. I'm grateful our financial markets are now dominated by Federal Reserve manipulation, high frequency trading and dark pool shadow banking. This guarantees that all we commoners need to do to make a lot of money playing the stock market is to buy the dips.

 9. I'm grateful that money can buy political influence so transparently, as this informal auction is open to anyone with tens of millions of dollars who wants to protect and expand their wealth and power.

 10. I'm grateful that our mainstream media is owned by a handful of corporations, as the homogenized message they broadcast is reassuringly uniform. If every outlet is repeating that unemployment and inflation are low and the rising stock market is making us all wealthier, it must be true.

-- Charles Hugh Smith

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Soothsayer2 

Mr. Smith's "contribution" today IS actually helping the leftists create enough "white noise" as he says, to circumvent, obfuscate and inhibit any real discussion on the issue of climate change. 

You, and Mr. Smith, apparently would rather accuse than discuss. 

No takers so far, and it's already 9:15. 

Peachs
Peachs

@Yes_Jesus_Can @Soothsayer2 

this is a little like athletics, it will be decided on the field of play and when we are right YJC has left the building, how convenient.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@Finn-McCool @Soothsayer2 Oh, and cane-sugar Fantas at Racetrac gas stations.  I don't think they're Meskin (maybe Guatemalan or Nicaraguan?), but I do like the pineapple and the grape ones.


Just look for the glass bottles in the coolers or in the display by the cash registers.


TBS
TBS

Effn hippes and liberals at Dupont......... What is the world coming to?


We believe the global scientific understanding of climate change is sufficient to compel prompt, effective actions to limit emissions of greenhouse gases. To be successful at the necessary global scale these actions will require concerted engagement by the world’s governments, along with technological innovations by businesses, and individual actions by all citizens.  We believe any strategy to address climate change must be both environmentally effective and economically sustainable.  Policy solutions must be good for the environment, for business, and for people around the world.  The magnitude of innovation and action required to effectively address climate change is unparalleled.

DuPont’s mission is sustainable growth – the creation of shareholder and societal value while reducing the company’s environmental footprint along the value chains in which we operate.  We see many opportunities to take our commitment to sustainability and apply this to developing the products and technologies that our customers will continue to demand in a low carbon economy.  


http://www.dupont.com/corporate-functions/our-company/insights/articles/position-statements/articles/climate-change.html

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@TBS And, the cost of their enviro-stewardship will be passed along to the customer.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@TBS 

It's called crony-capitalism, and bamster is the king.  Ever heard of it, TBS? 

Hint:  You have, but delude yourself by thinking only Republicans do it. 

Peachs
Peachs

@TBS God gave us brains so we can be stupid, of course..

Peachs
Peachs

@DownInAlbany @TBS but by God we can have a war, chase drug dealers and build prisons with no problem that there is zero to show for trillions spent..

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Quite Ironic:

Michael Mann says it, I believe it; that settles it. 

Climate fundies! 

You leftists are climate fundies!!

I love you anyway, even with your ignorance.

Peachs
Peachs

@Yes_Jesus_Can 

when FOX starts competing with Google for factual info then call us ignorant but in the meanwhile back in reality stupidity will get you killed Jesus so get some help, please.Watching your mind at work is like watching a train wreak.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

How many of you that are convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that global warming is an issue worth blogging over have actually left their keyboards long enough to write a check and contribute to stemming the tide?

Anyone?

It's much easier to demand that I support the fight against global warming, huh?

I provided Al Gore's address below, for those interested. 

Put your money where your mouth is.

It's probably tax-deductible, as well.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany

have actually left their keyboards long enough to write a check and contribute to stemming the tide?

I contribute to these guys already:

http://www.edf.org/

is that what you mean?

(also, who actually writes checks nowadays?)

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

@DownInAlbany I own shares in businesses that are set up to slow it so, yep, I've written a check and fully support it.

Peachs
Peachs

@DownInAlbany the doctor says I am going to die, I believe him, the lawyer says pay them I pay them, somewhere you have to say people are smarter than you are and have faith that what they say is true, in this case you can actually follow along in your text and get most of what they are saying if you are not real stubborn. 

TBS
TBS

Oh lord........Not Mitt Romney


Mitt Romney is not a climate change denier.

As he considers a third presidential bid, Romney cited climate change as one of those issues that political leaders in Washington are failing to address.

“I’m one of those Republicans who thinks we are getting warmer and that we contribute to that,” he said Wednesday at an investment management conference in Utah, theAssociated Press reported.


http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2015/01/22/mitt-romney-climate-change/

Peachs
Peachs

@TBS Romney shows how little reguard the right has for the masses, they assume no one keeps up with what was said yesterday and keep selling the same newspaper with a different date.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@TBS That you would trot out Romney as the voice of reason is pretty comical.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany @TBS

Romney as the voice of reason

FWIW, and not that you asked me, but I'm on record as saying I would've supported the 2003 version of Mitt if he'd been running for higher office.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

They are half the height they were when Europeans began moving to this continent.  Except for a few small pockets here and there, the entire forests of the Eastern US have been logged at least once.  There is no longer the leaf volume per acre there used to be.

Anyone else hearing echos of the "but, but, sea ice!" arguments some desperate souls are wont to offer, in the "forest land" business?

straker
straker

Yes-Jesus - "my ignorance on the subject"


You refuse to listen to any real evidence, even from top scientists at NOAA.


This indicates you have no real interest in anything but allegiance to Big Business and your political idols.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@straker 

...AND you would rather begin once again, ignoring the substance of the evidence and demagoguing me. 

You wouldn't know "real evidence" as you say, if it whalloped you on the hind end.  Your blather shows this because you accept as evidence what really isn't.

This is why I asked if you would like to explore the evidence itself. 

YOU PUNTED.   

TBS
TBS

@Visual_Cortex


Thanks.  Amusing that some are still framing the issue as just some liberal issue when there is ample information out there that shows  there are moderates and conservatives who also think man is playing a role in climate change.

Guess it  makes them feel better to ignore that and just spew liberal, Al Gore, it's cool out this morning........


Peachs
Peachs

@TBS @Visual_Cortex watching cons run out of steam in their arguments is getting to be an everyday event.  Love the ad by Obama showing what they predicted and what really happened. 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@TBS @Visual_Cortex 

Again there are people out there who think it's an important issue. 

It's hard to find them in the poll, but I'll help you: 2% or less. 

Posted it earlier.