“There is, after all, an overwhelming scientific consensus that human activities are warming the planet. When conservative politiciaThakns and pundits challenge that consensus, they do so not on the basis of careful consideration of the evidence — come on, who are we kidding? — but by impugning the motives of thousands of scientists around the world. All of these scientists, they insist, motivated by peer pressure and financial rewards, are falsifying data and suppressing contrary views.”
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Socrates is a trusted commenter Verona NJ 6 hours ago
To understand how destructive Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Pollution Agency are to ordinary Americans, look at Scott Pruitt’s ‘service’ to Oklahoma, where he was the Attorney General from 2011 to 2017.
In a normal year— before 2009 when fracking went wild —Oklahoma had one or two quakes per year. It now has one to two quakes per day thanks to unregulated energy company fracking.
In 2015, it had 857 earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or higher, more than the rest of the lower 48 states combined.
These earthquakes happen when million of gallons of wastewater are pumped underground as a by-product of fracking by natural gas companies.
Scott Pruitt is a contractor for natural gas and energy companies; they bankrolled his Attorney General campaigns; they tell him what to do and he does it and citizens suffer badly.
Instead of suing the energy companies for making Oklahoma the earthquake capital of the world that was damaging Oklahoma homes by the thousands, what did Scott Pruitt do as Oklahoma Attorney General ?
Pruitt’s office sued the EPA to block its Clean Power Plan and Waters of the United States rule; Pruitt sued the EPA 13 times.
And in another sign of pure evil in 2012, Pruitt kept Oklahoma out of a mortgage settlement reached by 49 other states with five national lenders, because he works exclusively for large corporations.
Make no mistake, America, Scott Pruitt – and Trump who appointed him – represent pure destructive corporate greed and evil.
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Blue Moon Where Nenes Fly 7 hours ago
As a trained scientist, I realize that professional and scholarly peer review are the most robust and credible processes that I have seen in my life.
We ignore scientific consensus on global warming and climate change at our peril. In fact, our peril is now right at our doorstep – and it need not knock. We have left the door open. For all to see.
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rf Arlington, TX 6 hours ago
As sure as the sun rises in the east, there will be a response by R.L. to anything and everything that Paul Krugman writes. Let me suggest a couple of things relevant to this column. First, climate scientists have studied the phenomenon of global warming for over 50 years with thorough research, and their findings have been published in peer-reviewed articles. About 97% of those scientists agree that global warming is real and that the inhabitants of this earth are major contributors to the problem. Science has always been about making observations and drawing conclusions from those observations. Among most scientists, politics is not a consideration when presenting those conclusions. I know because I am a scientist, and I worked with many other scientists for over 40 years.
Second, the EPA has been perhaps the most important safeguard for the health and safety of the citizens of the United States. Have they been heavy handed in some cases? I don’t know the answer to that, but I suspect to those who oppose any regulations, the regulations themselves are considered as heavy handed. When I think of the EPA, I think of the rivers and streams that organization saved from destruction. I think of the toxic waste dumps, many related to increased diseases such as cancer, which have been cleaned up by the EPA. I think of the regulations designed to protect the purity of our air and water. If some industries were adversely affected by these regulations, so be it!
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