Here we go again. The GOP’s ‘serious’ candidate for 2016 is hitting the pre-campaign trail pacifying the crazies with what can only be described as outright lies about climate change. Despite the overwhelming evidence and virtually unanimous scientific consensus that climate change is undoubtedly man made, Bush, who has a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, wants to inform the public of his own scientific opinion. Speaking to an audience at a house gathering in New Hampshire, Bush said:
Look, first of all, the climate is changing…I don’t think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you. It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t even have a conversation about it.
Those ‘people’ who say the science is decided on are actually scientists who spend their lives conducting research on the topic climate change. Calling them arrogant is akin to calling cancer specialists arrogant when unanimously concurring on a diagnosis or treatment of cancer. Although this should not need to be spelled out to anyone running for office in the year 2015, it appears Bush needs to be reminded about the universally understood science behind climate change. For starters, here are some statements from America’s top scientific associations on whether man made climate change is real (via NASA.gov):
American Association for the Advancement of Science:
“The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.” (2006)3
American Chemical Society:
“Comprehensive scientific assessments of our current and potential future climates clearly indicate that climate change is real, largely attributable to emissions from human activities, and potentially a very serious problem.” (2004)4
American Medical Association:
“Our AMA … supports the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fourth assessment report and concurs with the scientific consensus that the Earth is undergoing adverse global climate change and that anthropogenic contributions are significant.” (2013)6
American Meteorological Society:
“It is clear from extensive scientific evidence that the dominant cause of the rapid change in climate of the past half century is human-induced increases in the amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), chlorofluorocarbons, methane, and nitrous oxide.” (2012) 7
Perhaps Bush learned something on his Latin American Studies course that the world’s leading climate change scientists did not, but barring that it is safe to discount anything he has to say on the topic.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.