The Watering Hole; Friday May 27 2016; Climactic (Anthropogenic) Climatic Disruption

Climactic: consisting of, involving, or causing a climax.
Climax: the highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of something.

Climatic: of or relating to climate.
Climate: the composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region.

Disrupt: to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way.

ACDAnthropogenic Climate Disruption: Climatic Disruption resulting from human activity; potentially Climactic.

These carefully rendered and ordered definitions were included here for the benefit of any Republican or Tea Party (Congressional Sens-Reps or their voters) that might happen to pass by — unlikely I know, but I always try to be fair and helpful when possible. [See also: The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the “dumbing down” of America].

That said, a closer and finely detailed examination of Anthropogenic Climate Disruption data becomes more revealing with virtually every passing month.

1. From February 2014: The March of Anthropogenic Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamal begins by pointing out that 2013

. . . marked the 37th consecutive year of above-average global temperature, according to data from NASA.

The signs of advanced Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (ACD) are all around us, becoming ever more visible by the day.

At least for those choosing to pay attention.

I’ll not try to summarize Jamal’s paper here — much much more can/will be gained via a careful read. It is, though, an excellent summary of the consequences of ACD already in place back then.

2. Next, more than two years later (just this week, in fact) there’s this: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration Has Passed the Point of No Return, also by Dahr Jamal. It’s a lengthy essay that covers the gamut of climate change impacts visible today, and most certainly is well worth close and serious examination. Here is a brief quote that sets the stage:

Climate disruption only continues to speed up.

NASA recently released data showing that the planet has just seen seven straight months of not just record-breaking, but record-shattering heat. It is clear, through the space agency’s data, that this year we are already well on track to see what will likely be the largest increase in global temperature a single year has ever seen.

The NASA data also show that April was the hottest April ever recorded, as well as the fact that it crushed the previous April record by the largest margin of increase ever recorded.

That makes it three months in a row that the monthly record has been broken, and easily at that, by the largest margin ever. When record-smashing months started in February, it was then that scientists began talking about a “climate emergency,” and since then our situation has only escalated.

The essay is detailed, lengthy, and filled with links to supporting data sources that demonstrate beyond all doubt that these indeed are dire times, and that it may, in fact, already be too late for there to be any hope of turning things around. The sole (slightly) positive comment in the entire of the essay is this: “Recent polling shows that now half of all conservatives in the United States believe that ACD is real, which is an increase of 19 percent over the last two years.” Wow. Is that great news or what. Doesn’t include any conservatives I know, but any port in a storm is welcome.

Following is a graph, prepared by Ed Hawkins, that shows monthly global temperature changes since 1850:

It’s hard not to notice the jump, so far, in 2016 temperatures; the times, they really are a-changin’, or so it would appear to the trained eye.

But not all eyes are trained. On the other side of the coin live the deniers. I won’t go into extensive detail, just quote a couple of their most egregious fools to demonstrate just exactly how far-fetched the wingnut reality actually is. First, courtesy of Fox News, Jesse Watters explains his concern that public schools in Portland Oregon are no longer going to “teach” the nonsense that supports ACD denial:

One city school district is closing the book on any materials in the classroom that question or deny climate change. The board in Portland, Oregon unanimously approving a resolution that calls for removing books and course materials that suggests climate change does not exist or that people are not at fault for it. . . . Aren’t students supposed to learn how to ask questions? And now we can’t read a book that ask questions.

[. . .]

So getting out of the ice age, how did the Earth warm up after the ice age? There were no humans there with cars and factories. I mean, how did things warm up? These are questions that only I have the answer to. I should be teaching these courses. These aren’t that hard. It gets hot, it gets cold, this spring has been freezing. It’s not getting warmer, it seems like it’s getting colder. Am I wrong?

Yes, Watters, you’re wrong. Of course you’re wrong. You’re very very very wrong. But that, of course, is nothing new or unexpected.

Next, a word or two from that tremendously gifted master of everything, our massively educated and schemingly beautiful billionaire Republican, our loved-by-millions-and-soon-to-be-tremendous-President, Donald Trump.

“Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don’t believe it $$$$!”

This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice.

“I think that climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax. A lot of people are making a lot of money. I know much about climate change. I’ve received many environmental awards. And I often joke that this is done for the benefit of China — obviously I joke — but this done for the benefit of China.”

Meanwhile, back in the real world,

March 2016 temperature smashes 100-year global record

An illustration shows that 2015 was the hottest year since 1880.

Illustration shows that 2015 was the hottest year since 1880. (AFP/Getty Images)

The global temperature in March (2016) shattered a century-long record and by the greatest margin yet seen for any month. . . . Compared with the 20th-century average, March was 1.07C hotter across the globe, while February was 1.04C higher, and the trend continued in April. Apparently the overwhelming mass of global data has proven, beyond the barest shadow of a doubt, that ACD is, in fact, a FACT.

Or, as Trump put it,

“Global warming is based on faulty science and manipulated data
which is proven by the emails that were leaked.”

We’ll have to leave it there.


49 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday May 27 2016; Climactic (Anthropogenic) Climatic Disruption

  1. There oughta be a law requiring climate change deniers to be buried in a centralized location, with prominent markings on the grave marker. That way it will be easier for their children (and ours) to piss on their graves until we are all wiped out.

  2. Jesse states ” These are questions that only I have the answer to”
    No, Jesse, you don’t have an answer. In fact, the utterances that spew from your mouth are statements that have no basis in fact. False analogies, Let me be fix it by setting your bullshit strawman on fire.

    • You’ve hit it there RU – most if not all of the statements by the Ignoranti on the subject of ACD or Evolution are based on faulty and flawed and well… ignorance of what it is they are attacking. They are strawmen arguments – “It was snowing yesterday” or “No, I don’t think I am evolving, how come there are still monkeys then?” – strawmen. Unfortunately, just because somebody is (s)elected to office or gets on TV because they say they are billionaires – does not make them more qualified to say stupid stuff.

      Citizens United – allowing stupid people with money to say more stupid stuff.

      Nice to see my link to the Dumbing Down got picked up there – some scary fucking numbers in there – 3/4 of the GOP in the Senate deny ACD and 1/2 the House.

      I think denial of ACD should disqualify anyone from office – especially orange-haired, bigoted, misogynist charlatans.

  3. Donald Trump – the nightmare of what happens when your stupid, tin-foil hat, bum relative wins the lottery and goes on TV …. but every single day.

  4. Another consequence of climate change, one that rings lots of familiar bells with me:

    Unplugging the Colorado River: Could the end be near for one of the West’s biggest dams?

    I was a junior at ASU when Glen Canyon dam was completed in 1963, and even way back then it seemed like a rather silly idea to flood miles and miles of pristine canyons — and put the ecosystem of the Grand Canyon at risk in the process. Still, it did sound a little better than the other proposal to build Bridge Canyon dam, a high power dam upstream from Lake Mead that would back up water into Grand Canyon National Park. That proposal was defeated before it began, and now — finally — some fifty-plus years later, there’s talk about draining Lake Powell for good. Edward Abbey is probably rolling rolling around in his grave with joy!

    Funny thing, seems to me, that even though today’s level of ACD severely impacts waterflow in the entire of the Colorado River Basin, Senators like James Inhofe can still find enough snow in DC to make a snowball and with it, PROVE to his Senate colleagues that Climate Change is nothing but a hoax. How can that be, I wonder? Is mental retardation more widespread in DC than we’ve been led to believe?

    In any case, the next several decades will certainly be interesting, esp. if/when cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, and Los Angeles are forced to use several million acre feet less of Colorado River water each year, and when farms all across the southwest dry up and cease production for lack of irrigation water. Stuff like that could even have an impact on Senators who deny climate change — esp. when food becomes even harder to find than snowballs.

  5. It seems all but impossible to explain to a great many people that weather is immediate and local while climate is long term over an entire ecosystem. And I have lost track of how many have accepted the claim that “there’s been no warming for 18 years”.

  6. Republicans in Congress are, without doubt, the most completely and totally DESPICABLE two-legged retards that inhabit the planet. Collectively, they remind me of that line from the movie South Pacific where ‘the Frenchman’ Emile de Beque says to the American military commander, “I know what you are against, but what are you FOR?”

    Fair question; sadly, I think I know exactly how our typical wingnut teabagger GOoPer would answer it.

    Received this yesterday from Defenders of Wildlife. It details some of the latest assaults by Republicans on the Endangered Species Act:

    We could be looking at the end of endangered species protection as we know it.

    Senator Rand Paul introduced S. 855, the so-called “Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act,” and now a companion bill has been introduced in the House.

    If passed, these bills would be nothing short of a dagger in the heart of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

    As you know, wildlife and wildlife protections are under a brutal wave of assault worse than anything we have ever seen. This is the 105th legislative attack on the Endangered Species Act this Congress. And it’s by far the scariest.

    If passed:

    · All endangered and threatened species would be automatically delisted five years after listing, even if they still desperately need protection;

    · No species could be listed without approval by the states and by Congress;

    · Government officials would no longer be required to respond to listing petitions, the main tool by which species gain ESA protections;

    · Approximately 900 species – over half of all listed U.S. species – could lose protections

    …And those are just a few examples of the destructive policies that would be put in place.

    Let’s be realistic, this would be the end of endangered species protection as we know it. That’s why we call it the “Extinction Acceleration Act.”

    You and I know this is not what Americans want. This war on wildlife is driven by states’ rights extremists, developers and other special interests who consider protecting wildlife a nuisance at best.

    Without the Endangered Species Act, countless species could be lost forever.

    I guess the GOP goal has evolved to become any legislatable action that will disallow any government interference with the process of turning over all public lands to the private enterprise sector. And those actions have got to begin by removing and disallowing all federal protections for any of those silly-assed wild critters that are meaningless anyway. After we get rid of them we’ll go for the gold.

    Makes me wonder what the quickest way might be to get rid of each and every one of those dismal bastards. Elections don’t seem to work. What are our other options (besides the sixth mass extinction)?

    • Joe-the-Plumber with a billion dollars and every Fox News journalist (and more) lining up to wash his balls.

    • Bigots. They never change. They look, act, and sound the same across the decades.

      For what must be some really odd and weird reason, I never succumbed to that hate and fear protocol. Drumpf is younger than I am by several years, but then I’m younger than lots that are like him so it can’t be that simple. But still, lots of us made that passage through the fifties and sixties hate and fear and prejudice shit and never bought in. Why did it snag so many, but not everyone? And why does it persist today, fifty-plus years later?

      And why do people today cheer him when he retreats to and speaks in the voice of that era? Makes me think that maybe the human species lacks the mental capability to move beyond its pasture bull syndrome — that’s the syndrome which, come to think of it, quite literally DEFINES der Drumpf. Paw the ground, snort, shit, grunt, go for the cows, etc. Glad I missed out, whenever I see assholes like him on center stage. What a turd.

      Pardon my lingo, but sometimes it’s gotta be like that.

      • Fru my friend, this is taught at the knee of the parent, it’s not learned … fear and hatred like this is taught.

        It’s going to be a long and (the subject of the post noted) very hot summer. And someone somewhere is going to lose their life in this election season…. it seems almost certain to me.

  7. To some, this may well be the pinnacle argument to convince people to NOT vote for Trump:

    On Climate, Trump Promises To Let The World Burn

    President Obama’s climate change policies would be undone. Regulations on greenhouse gas emissions would be eliminated. The Keystone XL pipeline would be built. There would be no international agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change.

    That is what Donald Trump’s energy policy would look like should he be elected president, the presumptive Republican nominee promised on Thursday before a pro-fossil fuel development crowd in Bismarck, North Dakota.

    In a speech laying out his energy agenda for the United States, Trump promised to undo essentially every major policy developed in the last decade intended to slow human-caused global warming.

    Ok, but I suppose it might also encourage votes FOR Trump amongst those who think the planet’s best solution to ACD is the Sixth Mass Extinction.

    Talk about an electoral quandary. 😯

    • A knuckle-dragger amongst knuckle draggers – “never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers” – George Carlin – where are you now?

  8. Sigh…

    GOP nominee says “X”.
    The rest of the world says “X doesn’t work”.
    GOP nominee says, “I didn’t say X, I said Y. But I could still make X work”.
    The rest of the world says “Y is even worse than X”.
    GOP nominee says “I didn’t say X or Y, I said potatoe”.
    The rest of the world says “that’s not how you spell P-O-T-A-T-O”.
    GOP nominee says “GFY! I can spell whatever I want however I want because I’m super-duper rich and… GFY again!”

  9. Donald Trump Tells Drought-Stricken Californians There Is No Drought

    Trump claimed there isn’t a real water shortage. Instead, he said, state officials are intentionally denying water to farmers in the middle of the state — choosing to reroute the water to the ocean to protect an endangered California fish called the delta smelt.

    “It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,” Trump said. “There is no drought. They turn the water out into the ocean.”

    [. . .]

    “If I win, believe me, we’re going to start opening up the water so that you can have your farmers survive,” Trump said. “We’re going to get it done, and we’re going to get it done quick. Don’t even think about it.”

    Shaking head. Hard to know whether he’s that stupid or that conniving. Or Both. The latter, imo.

      • Yep, we have clouds building over the mountains which means the water will go into the Colorado River and fill Lake Mead again, prolly Lake Powell too. California has nothing to worry about; especially them damn stupid worthless little fishes they’re trying to save by yelling DROUGHT DROUGHT DROUGHT DROU………… etc. by wasting water on ’em. Believe it. California has tremendous water everywhere. Believe it.

  10. Trump Attacks Judge Overseeing The Case Against His Fake University: ‘He’s A Hater’

    “I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel,” Trump told the crowd. “I think Judge Curiel should be ashamed of himself.”

    Trump told his supporters he believes Judge Curiel should be removed from the case, citing the fact that Curiel was appointed to the bench by President Obama. Trump also said he believes Curiel is “Mexican.” The crowd — which had previously shouted “build that wall” — booed loudly.

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