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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

LAST MONTH WAS THE HOTTEST APRIL RECORDED

Well, more accurately, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), April 2014 tied April 2010 as the hottest April on record.  NASA said this was the second warmest April, but, this just shows that they use different measurement techniques.  Parts of Russia were especially warm, experiencing temperatures 9 F above normal (note the dark red), while the USA and Canada were relatively cool (blue color).

Also, the Mauna Loa Observatory for the first time measured carbon dioxide above 400 PPM, at 401.3.


Remember that Kyoto Protocol that countries had to honor?  Forget it!  Global emissions are 61% above the 1990 level and 2013, at 36 billion tons, will (it takes half a year to get the data organized) reach a record high level.

The seriousness of global climate change depends on your political beliefs:


Today, Google Trends reported that interest in Climate Change interest peaked in 2007 and is today waning.  So how concerned is the voting public in the USA?  According to a 2014 Gallup poll:


Note that Climate Change is next to the bottom as a concern to voters, so decision-makers are thusly inclined to do nothing about it.  What's worse is that the media feels compelled to tell both sides of the story, so readers "think" that half of the public must not believe in global warming.  The Honolulu Star-Advertiser today had an op-ed debate on whether Congress should act on climate change.  Michael Kraft (left), a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay provides all the compelling evidence saying yes, Congress must take action.  However, Amy Ridenour, chairman of the National Center for Public Policy Research, says no, that the argument is merely a power trip by politicized con artists.  She details ten reasons why not, and all of them are flawed.  Thus, the local paper, by just running her point of view, is equally responsible for misleading the public.

What is the National Center for Public Policy Research?  The founding president is Amy Ridenour (left), and has been a conservative mouthpiece for 32 years.  Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was a member of NCPPR's board, and the center closely supported his clients through editorials.  She has associated with Republican Congressman Tom DeLay, who was Majority Leader, convicted of conspiracy to violate elections laws in 2011, and of course is now not in office.  Wikipedia does not say anything about Ridenour's credentials, which can only means she has none, but indicates that NCPPR has been pro-tobacco and anti-environmental.

So I repeat, why does the Honolulu Star Advertiser print anything she says?  They are part of the problem by attempting to be fair.

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