Push aside deniers like Pruitt and those under Trump’s thumb. Shine a light on what America will be like in just a few years as the impact of global warming increases. Let’s talk about it now.
“There is an overwhelming scientific consensus on global warming,” Fairview High School teacher Paul Strode said. “It is mind blowing how much science denial and pseudoscience is out there. I don’t get it.”
“On the personal side … I don’t sign up for very many things, unless it’s a personal, highest priority type of thing,” Hogan said. “And I don’t think this one falls into that category. I think this falls into the category of partisan politics.”
Many Colorado politicians were quick to respond, including Rep. Mike Coffman who issued a somewhat neutral response to Trump’s decision, talking about a desire to reduce pollution without mention of climate change. Unsurprisingly, Sen. Michael Bennet, along with other state Democrats, slammed the decision, calling it a blow both to the environment and to the country’s ability to conduct diplomacy moving forward.
At the root of it all? We don’t know what in the hell we’re talking about. In study after study, Americans and students fall further and further down the world list of kids who understand math and science. The crap I hear and read on social media and in person would depress even a third-grade science teacher, whose job it is to help us first learn to think and then learn to learn
“We’ve certainly seen some incidents and just kind of felt that we needed something a little bit more,” Bach said.
“It’s getting to the point where breaking record is the norm,” Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe said. “It’s almost unusual when we’re not breaking a record.”
“The changes we’re talking about, they are really, really big numbers,” said study co-author Paul Durack, an oceanographer at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California. “They are nonhuman numbers.”
“We have never been this close to a climate change agreement,” said Maldives Environment Minister Thoriq Ibrahim, chairman of an alliance of island nations. “It’s now up to us ministers to show the leadership needed to make hard decisions that put the interests of people and the planet ahead of shortsighted politics.”