1. Global warming is unequivocal and primarily human-induced. Global temperature has increased over the past 50 years. This observed increase is due primarily to human induced emissions of heat-trapping gases.That's the first finding of a report entitled "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States", a document in which the new director of NOAA calls "landmark" and a "game changer".
It will no doubt be trickling its way into the MSM as the administration gears up for cap and trade legislation. The scientists are calling it "bi-partisan" but only because it was started during the Bush years--there are no dissenting opinions as to their key findings. Politicians can now point to the "bi-partisan report" when setting the new tax rate and bankrupting the coal industry.
There is an accompanying website that contains a video of the announcement. Skeptics should skip directly to the Q&A at the end, past the 30 minutes mark, where a reporter asks how a tipping point can be reached if we've already reached it; he was probably talking about the government scientist who earlier this year said elements of climate change were already irreversible. Their answer--there's still time, but only if we act now! Order before midnight! Or thereabouts. Ironically, the reporter was trying to accuse the administration of sugar coating the report. Amazing.
Amazing, but not surprising--the voters wanted change and they are getting it. Perhaps the most telling item can be found along the top banner of the official website, which contains the headline:
Integrating federal research on climate and global changeNotice it reads "global change" not strictly "climate change". That's probably not a mistake. It aligns with Obama's signature slogan and also puts these scientists squarely in the middle of "mitigation" and "adaptation" efforts where they've wanted to be all along. It's why so many of them were angry during the Bush years.
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