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Scientists Explain Why Chairman of House Committee On Science Is Wrong 476

Lasrick writes "Michael Oppenheimer and Kevin Trenberth take apart Rep. Lamar Smith's (R-Tex.) Washington Post op/ed on climate science saying: 'Contrary to Smith's assertions, there is conclusive evidence that climate change worsened the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. Sea levels in New York City harbors have risen by more than a foot since the beginning of the 20th century. Had the storm surge not been riding on higher seas, there would have been less flooding and less damage. Warmer air also allows storms such as Sandy to hold more moisture and dump more rainfall, exacerbating flooding.'"
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Scientists Explain Why Chairman of House Committee On Science Is Wrong

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  • Not very surprising (Score:4, Interesting)

    by K. S. Kyosuke ( 729550 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @05:40PM (#43955379)
    Lamar Smith is to climate change what Antonin Scalia is to gay marriange. Scientists say to Scalia/Lamar: "we have no doubts, we've established X beyond reasonable doubt". Scalia/Smith says to the public: "As everybody knows, there's great controversy among scientists as to whether X is true". Fuck them both.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 09, 2013 @06:32PM (#43955849)

    Or we could, you know, develop cleaner technologies so that we improve the quality of life without having to set fire to hydrocarbons in order to obtain our energy. Just saying...

  • by microbox ( 704317 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @06:45PM (#43955939)

    AGW then you are either one of the authors, or you are a fanatic who accepts any act,

    You sir, are an ideologue. There is a third option. The person you are denouncing may actually have some scientific literacy. See this entertaining video [] on skeptics and climategate.

  • by cold fjord ( 826450 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @08:33PM (#43956685)

    Could you remind me again, won't this be the 15th year since global warming stopped?

    There IS a problem with global warming... it stopped in 1998 []

  • Re:email leak (Score:4, Interesting)

    by meglon ( 1001833 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @10:00PM (#43957293)
    Actually, it'd be more along these lines:

    OT: We, and 97% of all the doctors out there agree that you have a sickness. It's so complicated we would never be able to help another person if we explained it completely to every person who's never had any medical training who wants to have it all explained, therefor we say "you have a problem, lets see if we can come up with something to help it out."

    Patient: No, i know i've never had any medical training, and i'm scared of doing anything cause Billy-Bo-Bob and his wife/daughter Mary-Beth-Bob said it wun't nothing, so you're wrong because they all got them a 10th grade edukation. I don't want to actually have to take initiative and go learn to read so i can have a chance to understand it.

    OT: If we don't try to come up with a solution, you may die.

    Patient: You don't know nothing.

    ....time passes....

    Patient: - - - dies - - -

Forty two.