Washington Post: American Can’t Wait While World Warms Or Something

Monday we learned that the Washington Post Editorial Board has become a group of climate activists. Today, they say that America can’t wait

FOR MORE than a century, scientists have understood the basic physics of the greenhouse effect. For decades, they’ve realized humans can affect the climate by burning coal, oil and gas. But the country’s leaders remain divided on the need to curb greenhouse emissions, let alone how to do it.

Among mainstream scientists, this paralysis is mind-boggling.

There is now no doubt that the world is warming.

Not for the last 17 years and 10 months

In fact, many of the same “climate scientists” are now talking about the pause lasting another 10-15 years. One wonders, though, why the WPEB isn’t calling for the Washington Post to stop using fossil fuels to deliver their papers and power their office building.

The most reasonable climate skeptics accept these findings but point to two areas of continuing uncertainty. First, scientists are unsure precisely how much the Earth will heat up in response to a given increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations — the climate’s sensitivity to carbon. The experts have offered a range of possibilities. Second, it is hard to predict exactly what a given increase in global temperature will do to human society.

In fact, there are three knew studies that show that CO2 sensitivity is very low. As far as temperature rise, human society did very well during the previous Holocene warm periods, many of which were much warmer, while doing worse during the cool periods.

Waiting to deal with carbon emissions until the effects are clearer or technology improves is not a wise strategy. The emissions humans put into the atmosphere now will affect the climate in the middle of the century and onward. Technological change, meanwhile, could make a future transition away from fossil fuels cheap — or it might not, leaving the world with a terrible choice between sharply reducing emissions at huge cost or suffering through the effects of unabated warming.

Lead the way, WP: tell us how each of you on the Editorial Board has given up usage of fossil fuels.

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5 Responses to “Washington Post: American Can’t Wait While World Warms Or Something”

  1. Jeffery says:

    Teach,

    I understand that you’re incapable of answering this question, but I’m compelled to ask: Will you please defend exclusively using the RSS dataset to support your conclusion that global warming has stopped?

    Thanks

  2. david7134 says:

    Jeff,
    I gave you links to articles from climate believers that acknowledge the lack of warming. Besides, Obama is solving the problem by signing treaties without authority.

  3. Jeffery says:

    Teach typed (again): “As far as temperature rise, human society did very well during the previous Holocene warm periods, many of which were much warmer, while doing worse during the cool periods.”

    There is scant evidence that during the Holocene the Earth has experienced warmer temperatures than now. But let’s assume you are correct. What was the human population 12,000 years ago? What did the infrastructure of Miami, New York City and Shanghai look like? How dependent were the roaming hunters and gatherers on the US “breadbasket”?

    When your few loyal readers finally realize that you’ve been lying to them, how will they respond? They trust that you’re telling the truth, just as you (mistakenly) believe that Anthony Watts, the Hockey Schticker and the odious jimhoft are telling YOU the truth.

  4. Jl says:

    “Waiting to deal with carbon emissions until the effects are clearer…” Translated-“if we really knew what we were talking about, we could tell you what the effects would be, but you know, we’re not really sure. The effects could go either way. But we still need your money.” As far as RSS data is concerned, it’s the only one that hasn’t had its data “adjusted” by the crooks at NOAA.

  5. Jeffery says:

    j,

    If NOAA has been fudging the numbers on surface temperature, and it’s not really warming, why have the Arctic ice, the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheet been melting? Is the ice being misled by NOAA? The oceans are warming, rising and their pH is dropping. Did the crooks at NOAA engineer this too?

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