Judging from his statements in a recent "Debate Night" on Lakeland Public Television, Minnesota District 2B state representative Steve Green simply didn't agree with anything Paul Douglas wrote in A Message From a Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change.
Green said in response to a question from a local newspaper reporter, "Do you believe in manmade climate change? Why or why not?""
There's no evidence of manmade climate change that is substantial enough to warrant what we're seeing. From what I understand, from what I've read and understood, the globe has not warmed at all since the late 70s and in fact it has cooled since 1995.
And so what started out as global warming has now turned to climate change.
We hear a lot about carbon emissions and yet there's the same amount of carbon in the air today as there was in 70s and these are things you can look up yourself.
So if you want to push the climate change, then you need real proof and not just platitudes and someone's idea that the climate is changing.
Here's the sequence:
Douglas noted in his 2012 essay:
In the mid-90s I noticed startling changes in the weather floating over Minnesota. Curious, I began investigating climate science, and, over time, began to see the thumbprint of climate change -- along with 97% of published, peer-reviewed PhD's, who link a 40% spike in greenhouse gases with a warmer, stormier atmosphere.
Bill O'Reilly, whom I respect, talks of a "no-spin zone." Yet today there's still a very concerted, well-funded effort to spin climate science. Some companies, institutes and think tanks are cherry-picking data, planting dubious seeds of doubt, arming professional deniers, scientists-for-hire and skeptical bloggers with the ammunition necessary to keep climate confusion alive. It's the "you can't prove smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer!" argument, times 100, with many of the same players. Amazing.
Maybe those are the things Green is reading online.
Douglas seems to be an exception. Tuesday, the Atlantic noted in The Unseriousness of Republicans on Man-Made Climate Change:
Sometimes the news delivers two simultaneous stories in a way that suggests there's an Intelligent Designer out there and she has an exquisite sense of irony.
During the long weekend, NASA released figures showing that last month was the warmest September since records have been kept, running back to 1880. It also concluded the warmest six-month collective stretch since the start of record-keeping.
Then, on Monday, two prominent Republican members of Congress expressed their continued doubt on the reality of anthropogenic climate change, that is, the idea not only that the climate is warming, but that humans are causing it. . . .
Assigning an opinion to "science," as Ryan does, as though it's a coherent thing, is a little weird. But in this case, insofar as "science" has an opinion, it's clear. A 2013 study found that 97 percent of scientific papers that deal with man-made climate change support its reality.
But apparently that's not enough science for Steve Green.
According to a report by Catherine Richert Wednesday on Minnesota Public Radio, DC group plays offense in 3 MN House districts:
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has named three Minnesota House races to its watch list.
Those races are among 69 the group, which works to elect Democrats to state legislatures, believes have the best chance of flipping from red to blue.
Targeted Minnesota races include:
- Minnesota House District 01B – Democrat Eric Bergeson is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Debra Kiel of Crookston.
- Minnesota House District 2B – Democrat Dave Sobieski is challenging Republican Rep. Steve Green of Fosston
- Minnesota House District 14A – Democrat Dan Wolgamott is challenging Republican Rep. Tama Theis of St. Cloud.
Kiel and Green won their races in 2012 by less than 4 percentage points. . . .
After watching the Sobieski-Green Debate Night on Lakeland Public Television, we understand why the group got interested. We'll pull more on this in coming posts.
Screenshot: Steve Green dismissing climate science on Debate Night.
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