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Intro: "The American Geophysical Union plans to announce Monday that 700 researchers have agreed to speak out on the issue. The effort is a pushback against congressional conservatives who have vowed to kill regulations on greenhouse-gas emissions."

File photo, smokestacks' pollution, 06/15/09. (photo: Public Domain)
File photo, smokestacks' pollution, 06/15/09. (photo: Public Domain)

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+24 # Sukumar 2010-11-07 20:55
That science has increasingly become a matter of partisan political opinion in the US is directly related to our loss of technological competitiveness and inability to revive our economy.
 
 
+45 # Phillip 2010-11-07 23:40
For a nation to lead the world in scientific achievement, the first step needs to be outstanding science education. Perhaps there's no better indication of the failure of American education than that so many politicians don't "believe" in global warming, evolution, etc. etc.
 
 
+16 # billy bob 2010-11-08 01:20
I think they "believe" in global warming. They just haven't come up with a way to personally get richer while pretending to care. Their denial comes from the fact that they know, if most people are willing to accept reality, they might have to actually do something about it, and that might anger their overloards. Watch the movie Network and it will all make sense.
 
 
+22 # philip 2010-11-08 02:00
It's not that American education has failed, although it could certainly do better. It's that these politicians have failed to get an education. It appears that politics is a most promising field for the massively ignorant.
 
 
+19 # Mary Charlotte 2010-11-07 23:58
This is excellent news. Glad that scientists are stepping forward, wish more of them would do so.
 
 
+22 # dfvboulder 2010-11-08 00:09
It's about damn time. So-called scientists funded by Exxon have had no qualms about getting involved. Of course that's what those hacks are paid to do.
 
 
+20 # Elliot Hoffman 2010-11-08 00:14
What Perry and fools like him either conveniently forget or are simply too thick to understand, making the transition to the clean, safe, renewable energy future is THE most immense economic, business, investment, job creation opportunity of the century. Clearly, Perry and many of the climate deniers are simply tools of the oil and fossil fuel industry and are destroying our future, our competitiveness so they can continue to collect their funds from the oils and fossil fuel industry. Our country has been corrupted and is no longer "OUR" government. Wake up America. Time is running out. E Hoffman
 
 
+9 # dfvboulder 2010-11-08 00:38
Hey, youreofftheclif f. Ugly news, the science has been publicly debated and the Exxon hacks lost. Public debate does not mean that the public gets to debate the scientists, contrary to what Dr. Beck may have told you. If that were true, the earth would still be flat and thank god.
 
 
+11 # Mickelo 2010-11-08 01:01
Too often, as well, science education is teaching the facts that science has discovered and not the scientific method which is the basis for the discovery of said facts. To equate mythology and heartfelt beliefs with vetted scientific research is folly and does our society a great disservice.
 
 
+16 # billy bob 2010-11-08 01:08
This is the most OPTIMISTIC article I've read in the past several years.

Now, if only we can get some liberal politicians to re-engage themselves in the political process we could start making real progress. Well educated professionals in all fields (especially scholarly and artistic fields) NEED to start speaking up NOW, for their very survival. A quick review of what happened to "the intellectuals" in Nazi Germany should give enough insentive to nip this anti-intellectu al brand of conservativism in the butt NOW before it's too late.
 
 
+23 # billy bob 2010-11-08 01:13
One tool I hope these scientists use would be to loudly proclaim where the climate change deniers are getting THEIR funding. I hope they get specific and name names. A little offense wouldn't hurt at this point.
 
 
+14 # Radio Dog 2010-11-08 01:18
If you want to take a scientific position, then read the work of scientists. It sounds like some of the deniers have been getting their information from Fox News and right wing talk radio, which persist because we have the right to freedom of speech in this country, but are by and large horrible journalism. I thank these scientists for entering the media conversation.
 
 
+15 # Pat Williams 2010-11-08 01:23
We have nine of the ten top universities in the world as well as many other fine institutions of higher learning. The problem is that greedy corporations with multi-billions on the line have been intent for a very long time in sowing doubts about man-made pollution-based climate change among the far less educated, gullible general populace. There is simply too much money to be made. This crisis threatens the future survival of human and other life on our planet. What fools these mortals be.
 
 
+13 # Regina 2010-11-08 02:26
The AGU should recognize the fact that they are not "stepping into politics," but rather providing education to all who will listen, read, and learn. The most obstinate political operators will avoid learning, since their intransigence gets them so much public visibility, but maybe the voting public will learn from AGU's efforts and begin to push back against the conniving deniers. In particular, maybe teachers will learn, and cover a little more basic science in classrooms for the next generation.
 
 
+18 # Diane 2010-11-08 06:01
It's about time that truth confronts greed.
 
 
+14 # VoiceOfReason 2010-11-08 06:58
It is essential that there be recognition that the world is rapidly approaching an unprecedented climate catastrophe, and that everything possible be done to avoid it.

It is wonderful that these scientists will be speaking out, although I wish they had done so before the elections.

Unfortunately, many people put more stock in the words of conservative commentators and Fox News than on the consensus of scientists, as indicated in many peer-reviewed articles and the statements of scientific academies worldwide.

As president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America, I hope that the major role that animal-based agriculture plays in causing climate change will be recognized and the importance of dietary changes will be stressed.
 
 
+3 # lee nason 2010-11-08 07:45
All skeptics understand and believe in the reality of greenhouse gas warming. Their objections range from questions regarding the efficacy of the measures being proposed to correct the problem, to the degree that warming will actually affect our environment, to consideration of the benefits of global warming. They object to the hysterical exaggerations that often punctuate alarmist declamations and they question the accuracy of current climate change models.

Skeptics and alarmists should both look forward to a sane discussions of all these issues in a public forum so that the simplifications that both alarmists and skeptics too often make might be banished for once and for all.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+6 # Robin 2010-11-08 07:55
To be sure, it is commendable that some top scientists willing to go before the hostile audiences to defend their science; however, the banter within conservative camps does not turn on the science; rather, it turns on questions that have nothing to do with science, questions perceived to reveal scientists' "true political colors" such as "what kinds of political candidates do you support?" or "who pays for your research?" To a conservative audience, those questions take precedence over whatever validity one's research may have. Also, any political involvement in defense of that research is generally viewed as "proof that the scientist is, in reality, an activist". In other words, any political involvement is generally viewed as the cause, not the result, of a scientist's research into climate change. Unless those willing to go before conservative audiences can address those points in a thoughtful way, their very sound science and research will not be heard.
 
 
+11 # agronomo 2010-11-08 08:02
The fact that our science curricula are dramatically inferior to those of the rest of the "developed" world is only part of the problem. Fundamentalist Christian rejection of science and the dictum that "Our omniscient God gave us these resources to exploit, and therefore we can do no wrong" nicely complement our woeful neglect of science education.
 
 
+9 # AML 2010-11-08 08:26
Now if we could only get the economists to push back!
 
 
+8 # BH 2010-11-08 08:48
From the article: "The notion that truth will prevail is not working. The truth has been out there for the past two decades, and nothing has changed."

My point EXACTLY! The scientists are NOW putting the transmission in reverse after we've already been driven off the cliff. Where were these guys ten years ago?

Maybe these guys can inspire the pointy headed economists to open their mouths to debunk the last 30 years (Clinton included) of this "trickle down" bullspit. Where's John Maynerd Keynes?
 
 
+4 # Dan 2010-11-08 08:56
(1) it's about time they give a reality check;

(2) there are other types of deniers, those who deny the strong connection between the livestock industry and global warming;

(3) please visit Eco-Eating at www.brook.com/veg , www.51percent.org , www.ivu.org/members/globalwarming.html
 
 
+2 # Activista 2010-11-08 10:35
NASA photographs and data show the facts - man made global warming is actually faster than scientific models predict.
climate.nasa.gov

Global warming TP skeptics remind me of other times –that Armstrong never put a foot on the moon ...Made in Hollywood
 
 
+5 # Jim Maus 2010-11-08 10:40
Go for it!! It's about time we stepped up and fought for the truth. With so many "misinfomred" non-professiona ls around spouting nonsense and denying the facts about climate change, we need to be bold in educating our friends and neighbors.
 
 
-1 # Bob Poyourow 2010-11-08 10:43
Billions in grants? how about a little truth and accuracy from the ostrich section?
 
 
0 # Charles Callahan 2013-07-27 12:41
From the ostrich section? From James M. Taylor, a senior fellow and a specialist in global warming at the conservative Heartland Institute that claims that global warming is not occurring? What did you expect?
 
 
+2 # Gary Pierson 2010-11-08 10:52
I wonder why, the reading below the photo of smoke stacks in this article states it's a Liberal Think Tank instead of a just Think Tank like Rumsfeld had? Or Cheney?? Not Conservative, or Benevolent or Malevolent but Liberal???? Liberal to think. If you can.
 
 
+2 # Bushbuck 2010-11-08 11:31
billy bob

Yes time to start, naming names and where they get their Funding from!
These Charlatans need to be outed!
Big Energy will kill this planet along with the Crooked Politicians and Bad Scientist!
 
 
-2 # flamingbanjo 2010-11-08 13:52
It's worth noting that the climate "expert" quoted in this article is an attorney, not a scientist. He has no special insight into climate science. He is a paid spokesman for his organization's clients.
 
 
+4 # Mike K 2010-11-08 14:11
I hope they bring up Carbonic Acid and the acidification of the worlds Oceans. That's not something that's talked about much, espcialy in conjunction with CO2 emissions, so it's not something the radical right will be well preparied to lie about.
 
 
+3 # diane j 2010-11-08 14:34
I would like to see the names of all the climate change deniers blocking environmental reforms...and alongside those names a list of their financial holdings, campaign contibutors, and amounts. THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND AS THOSE WHO WILL NOT SEE. dj
 
 
+3 # Peacedragon 2010-11-08 15:35
The comments about Exxon hacks remind me of the time when "scientists" were paid to tell us that smoking couldn't hurt us.
 
 
+3 # BOB ROLSKY 2010-11-08 18:21
FINALLY. IF ONLY REPORTERS IN THE MEDIA WOULD STEP UP AND START DOING THEIR JOBS TOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!
 
 
0 # Realist 2010-11-09 01:12
Time to get real. Irreversible warming is on the horizon, and there is nothing being done to stop it. Time to apologize to the young people of the world.
 
 
+1 # Activista 2010-11-09 16:08
climate.nasa.gov/causes/
"Most scientists agree the main cause of the current global warming trend is human expansion of the "greenhouse effect" -- warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space.
Certain gases in the atmosphere behave like the glass on a greenhouse, allowing sunlight to enter, but blocking heat from escaping. Long-lived gases, remaining semi-permanentl y in the atmosphere, which do not respond physically or chemically to changes in temperature are described as "forcing" climate change whereas gases, such as water, which respond physically or chemically to changes in temperature are seen as "feedbacks."
check graph - and tons of pictures before and after - and the earth is round - not flat - as TP sceptics ...
 

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