By Bill Maher
Recently, CBS's 'Face the Nation' spent fifteen minutes discussing climate change in general; particularly its impact on tornados. And, as "Newsbusters" carped, "not one global warming skeptic was invited to participate in the panel." Not one!
Well, that's outrageous. And then they did a parenting segment and totally shut out the voices of those who believe babies are brought here by storks.
Seriously, good for CBS. This is how we have to do it. The time for listening to the deniers is long over. Last month, a survey of peer-reviewed papers from academic journals found that out of 4,000 papers published over the last 20 years that took a position on climate change, 97.1% agreed that climate change is real and man-made. Another 2.2% had a position that was "unclear," and 0.7% disputed the scientific consensus. The study, known as "The Consensus Project" is run out of the University of Queensland, and they sifted through over 12,000 papers to get their data.
So it no longer matters if the idiocracy on the right "believes" in reality. If scientific consensus doesn't move them now, another few hundred studies won't get them there. I've yet to hear a single denier explain what it'd take to convince him. So fuck 'em. Sooner or later enough of their constituents will get drowned, burned, crushed or otherwise destroyed by "freak" weather disasters and they'll have to join the reality-based community.
Until then, there's work to do. We already know that there has been damage to our climate that probably can't be repaired or reversed right away. The world 25 years from now is going to look a little different, thanks to climate change. But we still can have some say in how much it's going to suck and how ready we are to adapt to it.
Right now, the people of Newtok, Alaska are becoming, according to The Guardian, "America's first climate refugees." Their whole town, up near the Bering Strait, is going to be underwater soon and they'll have to move. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, it could be as soon as 2017. So it's kind of a twist on the old saw that religious people constantly break out: It doesn't matter if you believe in climate change. Climate change believes in you.