Ted Cruz Says Global Warming Alarmists the Equivalent of Flat-Earthers

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Ted Cruz Says Global Warming Alarmists the Equivalent of Flat-Earthers

Wizard Ted Cruz says that global warming alarmists are the equivalent of flat-earthers.  It would be easy to get angry about this, except we already know Cruz is saying this to whip people like myself into a frenzy all while appealing to his know-nothing base.  I feel pretty confident that people like Ted Cruz, as harmful as they are, are the exact kind of people that are going to doom the modern Republican Party and its anti-science brigade to the history books.  I’m scared about what damage they can do on the way down, but there is no doubt that Ted Cruz and his ilk represent the last gasp of a dying order.  People become extreme and rabid when they feel something slipping away forever.  Ted Cruz, even though he is appealing to the hoopleheads*, really represents unfettered corporate power combined with religious zealotry.  Fortunately for us, in a democracy even such power needs a base to support it and that base is mostly old and white on and on the outs.  What’s scary though is that we are running out of time to stave off the worst impacts of climate change.  So while Ted Cruz and those he represents will not be with us for long, they just might be able to do enough damage to doom the rest of us and the descendants of the human race for a long time to come.  So while I don’t think we need to worry much about Ted Cruz, I think those of us that care need to fight his ideas at every turn.

*Hooplehead: a member of the ignorant masses; an uneducated commoner; an idiot. word popularized by HBO’s Deadwood.

Why Are Americans More Afraid of Isis Than Climate Change?

Why Are Americans More Afraid of Isis Than Racism and Climate Change?

Earlier today I wrote about how the media often distorts what Americans should really be concerned about.  This is especially true when dealing with thetas that face the American people.  The above article gives a list of what Americans are afraid of.  In this country we are incredibly concerned about terrorism, which comes in at number three on the list, but not climate change, which comes in at last as things listed on this list.  What’s so absurd about this is that Americans had about one in 20 million chance of being killed by a terrorist in a study done in 2010.  Meanwhile everyone is going to be affected by climate change in some way.

Costa Rica Has Only Used Renewable Electricity This Year

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Costa Rica Has Only Used Renewable Electricity This Year

The above link is to an article about how Costa Rica, for their electricity, have only used renewable energy since the beginning of this year.  The country is currently meeting around 94% of it’s total energy needs from renewable.  Some of the reasons that they are able to do this are unique to Costa Rica.  However, this goes to show that there is no reason that the United States can’t do much more that we are currently doing, which is generating roughly 13% of our electricity from renewable sources.

Proof that Rick Scott Banned Climate Change

Proof that Rick Scott Banned Climate Change

Watch this video where a public official in Florida twists and turns, to the amusement of those talking to him, to try and not say the words “climate change”.  It has to be seen to be believed.  Ridiculous, idiotic, hilarious, and scary….

Florida Bans Climate Change

Florida Bans Climate Change

I meant to post this the other day, but I forgot, or I couldn’t make myself because of the astounding stupidity involved.  Florida officials, once Rick Scott came into power, were told to not include the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in any official reports.  If this wasn’t so insane and depressing, this would actually be hilarious.  Florida is a state that is going to be in an especially dire situation due to climate change related problems.  Here is just one article about one part of Florida that is going to face catastrophe due to climate change:

Why the City of Miami is Doomed to Drown

Do we really need leaders who not only don’t act in their constituents best interests, but don’t even allow debate about things that may affect those same constituents?

Bill Nye On GMO Crops

Bill Nye On GMO Crops

Here is an interesting article on GMO crops.  Apparently Bill Nye, who has been debunking pseudoscience when it comes to things like climate change, is claiming that we have an irrational fear of GMO crops.  He is not supporting companies like Monsanto and their business practices, only saying that GMO crops, if done right, aren’t necessarily anymore dangerous than many other crops.  I am still trying to learn about this topic, but I have read other articles that seem to back Nye.  I think at the very least we should all try to read more before we take a strong stand one way or the other.  The article does a good job of explaining the science behind Nye’s thinking.  A sample quote from Nye:

I’m not saying GMOs are a silver bullet to end world hunger or that I love Monsanto. And I’m not saying that there aren’t cases where individual GMOs might result in environmental issues, such as pest resistance. Debating GMOs’ benefits and risks is healthy. But making GMOs the bogeyman while giving other crops a pass isn’t.

The Photography of Climate Change

Everyday Climate Change

Since I just put up a post about climate change, I also wanted to share a link to this Instagram page.  One of the hardest things about climate change, because it is so complex, is making it register in a visceral way.  This page features shots from photographers all over the world that have been documenting the results of climate change.  I think seeing the variety of the photographs connects in a way that no one single image can.