Sen. Reid: “…Stop Acting Like Climate Change Deniers Have A Valid Point Of View – They Don’t”

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    Harry Reid’s really been on a roll the past week or so. First, he’s got Republicans panties all in a twist about Willard “Mitt” Romney’s taxes, and specifically why Romney won’t release them to show how much – if anything – he’s paid. Now, as if that’s not good enough, Reid has made one of the strongest statements I’ve ever heard from a top U.S. government official – in this case the Senate Majority Leader – about global warming. Here’s the excerpt that particularly kicks a** (bolding added by me for emphasis). Go Senator Reid!

    Scientists say this is genesis – the beginning. The more extreme climate change gets, the more extreme the weather will get. In the words of one respected climate scientist: “This is what global warming looks like.”

    Dozens of new reports from scientists around the globe link extreme weather to climate change. Not every flood or drought can be attributed to human-induced transformation of our planet’s weather patterns. But scientists report that these extreme events are dozens of times more likely because of those changes.

    The seriousness of this problem is not lost on your average American. A large majority of people finally believe climate change is real, and that it is the cause of extreme weather. Yet despite having overwhelming evidence and public opinion on our side, deniers still exist, fueled and funded by dirty energy profits.

    These people aren’t just on the other side of this debate. They’re on the other side of reality.

    It’s time for us all – whether we’re leaders in Washington, members of the media, scientists, academics, environmentalists or utility industry executives – to stop acting like those who ignore the crisis or deny it exists entirely have a valid point of view. They don’t.

    In short, it’s time for everybody to start treating deniers of global climate chaos the same we treat people who deny that smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, or people who claim the moon landings were a hoax, whatever. They’re completely invalid, not even worthy of mentioning, except perhaps as an example of a minority of humans acting like complete fools, lunatics, etc.

    • NotJohnSMosby

      it would have been nice if he had grown them 3.5 years ago, but it’s nice to see that Harry has finally grown a pair of balls.  

    • kindler

      I am so sick of dealing with the deniers.  It’s like being in a burning building and you have to have an argument with someone who claims there isn’t any fire, what are you being so alarmist about?

      We need to get back to talking about legislative, regulatory and implementation solutions.  The one little problem with that is that we have a huge number of Repub office holders right now who are in the denier camp.  We need to focus our fire on them to throw them out of office and make an example of them so there is a clear cost for abusing public office to spread irresponsible lies and conspiracy theories.

      At the same time, we need to start laying the groundwork for solutions that can sell and work, be they carbon tax, cap and dividend, changing utilities’ profit incentives, etc.



    • We’ve found something that Harry Reid and Mitt Romney agree on – coal plants kill people. See, who said there’s no bipartisanship anymore? Heh.