Shawn Lawrence Otto | Republican Meteorologist to Mitt Romney: How You Can Help Me and My Family
By Guest Blogger Paul Douglas
...And looking at the world with carbon-colored [since CO2 is invisible, what's Paul's point?] glasses, or using Solyndra as an excuse to snub renewables and clean-tech, is not only short-sighted, but makes America less competitive on the world stage. According to the World Economic Forum, America’s global competitiveness fell from 1st to 7th place since 2007. Should we just accept that most breakthrough energy technologies are originating in China and Europe, where there is no more “debate” about climate trends? Why is America still questioning the science? For political entertainment? Something tells me Mother Nature may get the last laugh.
... Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree. That’s a consensus.
... I’m an Evangelical Christian...The Creator gave me a brain, to think and reason, and react to facts on the ground. And I’m disillusioned, because some in my party are pro-science-denial, and on the wrong side of history.
...But our fossil fuel frenzy is impacting the weather floating above our heads. Denying that it’s raining doesn’t keep you from getting wet, and climate change has gone from theory to reality - while our side fiddles away like Nero.
... 2012 is the most severe year in recorded history; 46% of the USA has experienced extremes in moisture, drought, temperatures and tropical cyclones, breaking the old record set at the height of the Dust Bowl in 1934. This has been The Year of All or Nothing: drought or flood.
...Sizzling summers will become the norm in the years ahead. We may soon look back on 2012 with fondness for its mild weather....Scientists were once predicting it would be ice-free in 2080 or 2090. Considering this acceleration we’re seeing, they’re now saying it could be as early at 2030, and some have even said 2015... Your kids are following this issue closely. They vote.
...I’m seeing things on the weather maps every other day that can’t be explained away as “normal extremes”.
9). Rising Sea Levels – whatever your skeptical uncle Joe says, seas are warming, and as they warm, they expand and sea level goes up. Most scientists predict 3-4 feet in the next 80 years or so. Think twice about buying that retirement condo right on the beach. Find something 4 blocks inland, and be patient.