There are many facts that conservatives refuse to believe. Some of them are based on their religious beliefs. I can respect that, even if I don’t always agree. The ones that really get to me are the facts that they deny simply because it would tear down their system of beliefs. One thing conservatives always try to deny is that our climate is changing. Once again, science has proven that their denial is not based in reality.
If you spend any amount of time debating with a conservative, you will probably eventually hear about this subject. It comes up when you debate any environmental issue. It also comes up randomly as a way for conservatives to convince themselves that your trust in facts and scientific evidence is misplaced. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made a scientific argument that a conservative can’t refute, only to hear “yeah, and climate change isn’t a myth,” or something along that line.
In answer to this obvious attempt to deflect the truth, let’s look at climate change.
- According to scientists at The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2012 was the warmest year on record.
- Nineteen states in the contiguous 48 states broke annual records during the year. These records have been kept for 118 years.
- Last year was also the second worst year for “extreme weather,” which includes disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
- Making matters worse, 2012 was also the driest year on record with precipitation 2.57 inches below average.
- July of 2012 was the hottest month ever on record in the United States.
- The World Meteorological Association reported in November that Arctic ice has reached a new record low and is melting at an “alarming rate.”
I know it will be hard for conservatives to look at all of these facts and admit that their “climate change myth” theory is bogus. Many will probably say that one year doesn’t prove that the climate is changing. We can answer that claim also.
- The second hottest year on record occurred only 14 years ago in 1998.
- Six of the nine hottest years on record have occurred since 1998.
- The worst year for “extreme weather” was 1998.
- NASA climatologist James Hansen noted in a study that dramatic events only affected approximately 1% of the Earth from 1950 to 1980. His study showed that this number jumped to 10% in the last 30 years.
At this point, I don’t know what else conservatives need to convince themselves that climate change is not a myth. The facts and the data are staring us in the face. The only reason conservatives have to dismiss these facts is that facing the realities of climate change means that steps must be taken to restrict the impact we are having on our environment. As we all know, environmental restrictions cost corporations money. Anything that might reduce corporate profits is either a sin or a lie to a conservative. In reality, where the rest of us live, the lie is that climate change is a myth. The sin is to allow our environment to continue to be destroyed simply because conservatives want to protect their business and political interests.