What is it about climate change that gets conservatives so riled up? Why, despite mountains of evidence, do the deniers rail on, spouting idiotic rants about how much it snowed this past winter? Is it because they are anti-science across the board? Or is there a particular aspect of the climate change debate just driving them crazy?
Funny, it’s been a fairly hot spring across good parts of the country, yet they seem quiet…
First, let’s dispense with the dreadfully obvious. One has to be a complete moron to not understand the difference between climate and weather. If we based climate change policy on what the weather happened to be that particular week, we wouldn’t get anywhere.
Anyone who has been in a cold climate for even a short while knows that it doesn’t snow when it’s very cold. And they should also be able to understand that a warmer overall climate will put more available moisture into the atmosphere.
Then all it takes is a change in the jet stream. There is a strong El Nino this year, which takes the jet stream normally in the Pacific Northwest far down the coast. That’s why Southern California saw so much rain, for example. And it’s also why patterns across the country shifted.
The fact is, 2009 was the second warmest year on record, and part of the warmest decade on record. And things are just getting warmed up, pardon the pun. We are still in the early stages of climate change brought on by global warming.
The conservatives who so seem to hate the science might finally “believe” in climate change when Florida is the size of Rhode Island. Or maybe not.
But back to the question, why does climate change seem like such an impossible concept for many conservatives to grasp?
I think to them, it’s a line in the sand. If they accept climate change is being caused by human action, they acknowledge humans have to take responsibility,. And that’s something very hard for conservatives to do.
To have to be responsible for climate change would mean we have to also step up in other areas. We can no longer charge ahead, full corporate guns a blazin’, taking what we want of the planet, damn the consequences.
And then there is the religious aspect, just as high a hurdle for many conservative minds to overcome. God is supposed to be in charge. It’s his planet, we are only here for a short while. God is in charge. To acknowledge that he is not is something they simply cannot do.
To the fundamentalist, it doesn’t matter anyway. Jesus will soon be falling through the clouds, coming to usher in a new Heaven and a new Earth.
It would be nice, if those of us in “Blue” states could simply dismiss the high level of ignorance it takes to use snowstorms as proof the climate isn’t changing, but alas – idiocy isn’t confined to the Bible Belt.
Conservobots around the country have closed their woolly little eyes and followed their shepherds – Beck, Palin, Hannity, Bachmann, etc. We as a country cannot allow them to take people willing to think down with them.