Scientists throughout the world have issued another report about the growing threat of global warming on the planet, but here in Oklahoma at least some of our conservative leaders, such as U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, deny it or simply just don’t care.
— NOAA Research (@NOAAResearch) August 5, 2016
The “State of the Climate 2015” report used the contributions of more than 450 scientists. It was published as a special supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. It notes that greenhouse gases, global surface temperature and sea surface temperatures were the highest ever recorded in 2015. Meanwhile, global sea levels rose to a record high and the arctic continues to warm as well. The report was led by the National Centers for Environmental Information at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations.
You can find the report here and in the above tweet. According to the report, “The year’s exceptional warmth was fueled in part by a nearly year-round mature El Niño event . . .”.
The report goes on to note, “The year 2015 also marked the first time the global average surface temperature reached more than 1°C above the average of the mid- to late-19th century, a period in which temperatures are commonly taken to be representative of pre industrial conditions.”
I encourage you to go through the dense and thorough report. The bottom line is that global warming continues to damage the planet in a variety of ways and major destruction from rising sea levels eating up coastlines and displacing populations almost seems like a given at this point. Have we reached a point of no return?
One of the major obstacles to reducing carbon emissions, which accelerate the greenhouse effect that leads to a warmer planet, are elected officials the United States who openly deny the entire concept of manmade global warming.
Inhofe, the archconservative Republican who I mentioned earlier, is one of the world’s leading “deniers” of basic scientific facts, a dubious distinction for both him and the state of Oklahoma. He has called concern over manmade global warming a “hoax” and a liberal conspiracy among scientists. But he’s not the only denier. It has been reported that more than half of all Congressional Republicans deny climate change represents a real threat to the planet. That includes other Republicans from Oklahoma.
To state something really obvious: The political reality is that if GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump becomes president, he, along with fellow Republicans, like Inhofe, will ensure the planet gets no relief from the heat.