Dear Editor of the Pacifica Tribune,
Jim Steele’s February 13th, Changing Sea Levels column is an example of propaganda rather than informative enlightenment.
43 discombobulated sentences of admittedly (somewhat)* factual tidbits and anecdotes, but with raging omissions. All artfully spun to keep the self-certain GOP crowd within their comfort zone.
Along the way Steele devotes some 7 sentences to maligning Dr. Michael Mann, twice using the term “Mann’s followers” which, me thinks, is a bit of projection considering the Trump phenomena amongst today’s right wing.
Incidentally, Dr. Mann works on paleoclimate and interpreting proxy data, so naturally he doesn’t write about local land movement, but to imply he is unaware of it or ignores it, is ludicrous.
Why does Steele feel the need to destroy Dr. Mann’s reputation in the eyes of his audience? That's not serious constructive dialogue, it’s political theater.
In a talk about changing sea levels, our planet’s cryosphere is mentioned five times, all with a dismissive spin, finishing with “there is still no consensus”.
In reality our planet’s Cryosphere is melting at an accelerating rate, alarmingly beyond what any experts anticipated. Really! Look it up. We’ve already squandered the past 20 irretrievable years yet Steele’s advice is to squander yet another 20. Really?
- By Douglas Fischer, The Daily Climate on August 23, 2011
- Recent warming is unprecedented in magnitude, speed, and cause (so the temperature history looks like a hockey stick).
- Michael Mann, the lead author on the original hockey stick paper, is one of the nation’s top climatologists and a source of first-rate analysis.
- Temperatures of North Atlantic “are unprecedented over the past 2000 years and are presumably linked to the Arctic amplification of global warming” – Science (2011)
- GRL (2010): “We conclude that the 20th-century warming of the incoming intermediate North Atlantic water has had no equivalent during the last thousand years.”
- JGR (2010) [PDF]: “The last decades of the past millennium are characterized again by warm temperatures that seem to be unprecedented in the context of the last 1600 years.”
- Human-caused Arctic warming overtakes 2,000 years of natural cooling, “seminal” study finds (2009)
- Unprecedented warming in Lake Tanganyika and its impact on humanity (2010)
Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and Director, Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Building on the findings in his book “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars”, Dr. Mann discusses the basics of climate science and reveals the tactics which opponents of climate change use to distort the science and attack the reputations of scientists. He describes both the hockey stick controversy and the broader context of skepticism in science and contrarians rejecting evidence of human influence on climate.
We The People of the United States have a moral, ethical, and pragmatic right to learn what scientists have learned about this planet's biosphere, and climate engine without constant dishonest crossfire. We should not tolerate serious scientists constantly being drown out by amoral, ruthless and frankly ignorant arguments - that an astoundingly ruthless GOP PR factory repeats over and over again, without ever learning a damned thing from the evidence in front of us.
“On the decadal rates of sea level change during the twentieth century,” S. J. Holgate, January 2007 - GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL. 34, L01602,http://www.joelschwartz.com/pdfs/Holgate.pdf
The era of Donald Trump has caused an eruption of climate change deniers coming forward, directly in the face of the overwhelming consensus of the world’s scientists that climate change is real and human-caused.
This type of belligerent denial has now infected the very highest level of our government. The official policy of the U.S. government is distraction, denial and delay, and doubling down on our headlong exploitation of dirty fossil fuel energy.
This talk explores the scientific evidence of climate change, why we should care about climate change denial, and the often absurd efforts by special interests and partisan political figures to confuse the public, wage a war on science, attack scientists, and deny that a problem even exists.
Despite the monumental nature of the challenge we face, particularly in the era of Trump, we remain cautiously optimistic in prevailing in the greatest battle human civilization has ever faced—the battle to avert catastrophic and irreversible climate change impacts.
Michael Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center at Penn State. He is the author of, "The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying our Politics, and Driving us Crazy", which he co-authored with Tom Toles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post.
This talk took place at CSICon Las Vegas on Friday, October 2017.
- January 2019 - R. H. Levy, S. R. Meyers, D. K. Kulhanek