A 2010 report published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that an estimated 97 or more percent of all actively publishing climatologists in the world are convinced that the current global warming is man-made.
Before the industrial revolution, atmospheric CO2 levels were about 280 parts per million, which falls within the average range of an inter-Ice Age warm period, and this lasted for more than 20 million years, ten times the entire span of the rise of humanity from our ancestors in the savannahs of East Africa.
Since 1850, due to the burning of fossil fuels, atmospheric CO2 is over 390 ppm and rising rapidly. This is not a coincidence, as the vast majority of the experts in this field, notably climatologists, believe. But that’s not sufficient for the thinkers in our United States government.
Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) told in a hearing of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee in 2009:
The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this Earth. This Earth will not be destroyed by a Flood. I do believe that God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.
That sentence, idiotic as it is in content, is at least grammatically correct. Here is Sarah Palin at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference on April 8, 2010:
…none of this snake oil science stuff that is based on this global warming, Gore-gate stuff came down where there was revelation that the scientists, some of these scientists were playing political games.
Palin apparently is saying, if I can decipher this, that there are a few bad apples in the blue pie slice above, and that therefore global warming must not be real?
Here is Sarah Palin, held up by John McCain as the nation’s foremost political expert on energy, answering a question while speaking off the cuff at a town hall meeting, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sept. 17, 2008:
Oil and coal? Of course, it’s a fungible commodity and they don’t flag, you know, the molecules, where it’s going and where it’s not. But in the sense of the Congress today, they know that there are very, very hungry domestic markets that need that oil first. So, I believe that what Congress is going to do, also, is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it’s Americans that get stuck to holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here. It’s got to flow into our domestic markets first.
Sadly, Palin and Shimkus, and Imhofe, and some of their colleagues in congress are apparently successful in dumbing down the American public. A Pew Research Center survey in October 2010 stated that just 44 percent of Americans believe that scientists agree that the earth is getting warmer due to human activity. Somebody please show them the chart above! It won’t be Hannity or O’Reilly doing us the favor.
But then, there are many people who also believe that the earth was created 6,000 years ago.