Mitt Romney got an extended guffaw at the Republican National Convention with that smirky putdown of President Obama for having said he would do something about rising oceans. No surprise. Because the percentage of people in that audience of GOP delegates who view climate change as a liberal hoax is probably higher than the percentage of Republicans elected to Congress in 2010 who think so and act accordingly. Denial runs deep.The folks at Forecast the Facts have a zinger of a rejoinder:
Forecast the Facts seeks to change how meteorologists report on climate change. Nearly half of meteorologists doubt the existence of climate change, over 60 percent believe it is not caused by humans. Meteorologists should be leading the charge in terms of educating their viewers about climate change. Instead, the profession is doing little to raise awareness and spur action. This is a dangerous dynamic, particularly in light of the recent uptick in severe weather events. Communities being devastated by extreme weather deserve to know that there's a culprit—a warming world and an increasingly unstable climate. Forecast the Facts campaign aims to make sure that happens. We channel the voices of everyday people to help meteorologists understand that their viewers are counting on them to get the story right, and that those who continue to shirk their professional responsibility will be held accountable.You can find out more about Forecast the Facts here.
It's easy to mock Romney, Paul Ryan, Republicans in general, tunnel-vision meteorologists, the Koch brothers' puppets, reporters who STILL try to report "both sides" of the climate change "debate" by focusing attention on the three percent of credentialed scientists who have yet to decide that the evidence is crystal clear even if the details can be argued. The deniers everywhere are a big problem.
But there's another group, which, in some ways is worse. It comprises politicians and pundits and, yes, progressives who agree that climate change is happening and will have major impacts but say now isn't the right time to push for action. So far, it never has been the right time, in their view.
They say nothing can be done because of China or Congress or some other crap that rationalizes the choice of sticking to the path on which storms like Sandy will in the future be considered mild. They get listened to.
They and those who listen to them somehow believe that taking action can be postponed. They know what's already coming will be disastrous, and yet they postpone doing anything or even saying anything about it, full well knowing that waiting means what happens will be worse because of inaction now. We must stop listening to them.
Delay is denial.