Right-wing Outrage of the Day!

by Ben Hoffman

Right-wingers are revolting! (Yeah, they stink on ice.) They are truly concerned about our country — thus, the incessant outrage. So what are they outraged about today? It seems that Henry Waxman made a confusing statement about the melting of earth’s polar ice caps:

We’re seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point – they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn’t ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there’s a lot of tundra that’s being held down by that ice cap. PBS Interview

The blog What’s Up With That calls it “the scariest statement on science ever uttered by a Congressman.” The blog, at the time of this writing, received 176 responses, most agreeing with the author and calling Waxman and all Democrats stupid, among other things. The scariest statement on science ever uttered by a congressman? We had eight years of the Bush administration politicizing science, and this is the scariest statement? Hmmmmmm…

Waxman’s statement about tundra being held down by the ice cap doesn’t make much sense, since there is no land under the North Polar ice cap, but the melting of the ice cap is accelerating global warming, so at least he got that part right.

Scientists also worry about the potential release of methane from the arctic region, especially through the thawing of permafrost and methane clathrates, which could be released to the atmosphere and accelerate global warming, as methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. Wikipedia entry on Artic shrinkage

What is it with right-wingers and global warming? The vast majority of scientists agree that human generated pollutants are contributing to the change in climate and warming the earth. I have yet to hear any respected scientists say anything to the contrary. Most skeptics are either complete nut-jobs or have some connection to oil and gas industries.

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