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Businessweek Editor Blunt About Cover

THE CLIMATE deniers were always part of the flat earth society, but after Sandy if they don’t believe they’re just plain dense.

Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel tweeted, “Our cover story this week may generate controversy, but only among the stupid.” [Huffington Post]

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9 Responses to Businessweek Editor Blunt About Cover

  1. Joyce Arnold November 1, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Food on the cover and the story. For those who have been talking about this for decades — excellent on your work. Of course, the need for the work will continue, but hopefully more people are willing to join the efforts, or at least in serious conversation, the kind based in actual science.

  2. Jane Austen November 1, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    There will be those who will say that one storm doesn’t prove that this is proof of climate change but if you will let an old woman look back into her past this is what she remembers – I don’t remember the severity of the storms of the past 30 years when I was young. For me, the Mississippi flooding was a disaster. The dikes breaking off the coast of the Netherlands was a disaster. I remember maybe one hurricane during the 50s that caused some problems for us up here in the north and that was a lot of rain and electrical outages due to downed trees. When I grew up in Buffalo, the temperature in the summer was not sizzling hot. Matter of fact I don’t remember too many days over 85. Now it seems that Buffalo sizzles in the summer. Blizzards in Buffalo were normal; Buffalo sits on Lake Erie so we had lots of Lake snow. It just didn’t seem like the weather was this big calamitous earth-shaking disaster always ready to happen every 6 months. This is not scientific, just my memories.

  3. DaGoat November 1, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    “Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel tweeted, “Our cover story this week may generate controversy, but only among the stupid.”

    Seeing as how almost all reputable scientists have continually cautioned that individual weather events cannot be definitely connected to climate change, this comment speaks for itself. I am not a climate change denier, but climate change is based on observations over time and not by cherry-picking isolated events.

    If a person were to say “this type of storm is what we would see more frequently with global warming” that would be more accurate.

    • spincitysd November 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

      Since we are parsing this, let’s do it right. While the outcome of Sandy is not proof of climate change it is exactly what the climate change model would predict what would happen. The conditions that set up Sandy, the excess heat and moister of the air, the unusually warm water off the New Jersey coast, the shifting of the jet stream, the massive storm surge, are all consistent with the climate change model.

      Also consistent with the climate change model have been the record high temperatures being set in the last ten years. Excess summer heat and fiercer winter storms are also part of the model as are the droughts in places like Texas and Australia. Flooding in places like the PI along with stronger more frequent tropical storms continue the trend and add to the evidence.

      Finally the Arctic ice sheet is receding at an alarming rates. The retreat of many glaciers all over the world is phenomenal and unprecedented. All this data points only one way; climate change that is accelerating an alarming rate and must be dealt with immediately.

      Climate change is real DaGoat, and Sandy is just a taste of coming attractions. Responsible parties like the NYC’s MTA are already making plans to deal with high water events. Infrastructure is already be planned around the new normal of higher seas. NYC is already talking about the need for a sea wall / levee system to protect the Big Apple. We are experiencing climate change right now, and it is getting worse while prattling fools and corrupt charlatans prance about with their fingers in their ears and blindfolds on their eyes.

      • DaGoat November 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

        As I said I am not a climate change denier, although I think what exactly we should do about it and what percentage is anthropogenic is up for debate. If you truly believe in AGW the Kyoto protocols are laughably insufficient. It’s interesting that every time I say individual weather events cannot be linked to climate change people try to convince me that climate change exists, even when I’ve already said I believe in it.

        What I am really tired of is people tossing around the term “anti-science” while having very little respect for science themselves. The Businessweek cover reflects that attitude.

        • spincitysd November 2, 2012 at 1:24 am #

          Another evasion DaGoat. The amount the naked apes contribute to climate changes is already a known data point– at least 90%.

          And yes Kyoto and AGW are “laughably insufficient.” But until we do something to end pay to play and the corporatist take over of our government, no serious change can occur.

  4. secularhumanizinevoluter November 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    “Seeing as how almost all reputable scientists have continually cautioned that individual weather events cannot be definitely connected to climate change, this comment speaks for itself. I am not a climate change denier, but climate change is based on observations over time and not by cherry-picking isolated events.

    If a person were to say “this type of storm is what we would see more frequently with global warming” that would be more accurate.”

    What would be far more accurate would be to say almost ALL reputable scientists who are not actually dependent on the energy companies and repugnantklan/teabagger/UBERChristian sources for their funding agree man made climate change…aka…GLOBAL WARMING is a FACT and just like evolution a PROVEN fact. And exactly the same word games are played by EXACTLY the same deniers… the creationists, IDers and repugnantklan/teabagger/UBERChristians regarding evolution. Bottom line…ALL the data supports the theory that explain the weather phenomenon that replicates predictions made by Global Warming/Man Made Climate Change.

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    • secularhumanizinevoluter November 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

      Good article newdeal but frankly wasted effort…the folks who are climate change deniers are true believers or rich old white guys…one is to stupid to actually comprehend what them thar pointy headed scientists are saying and the others are to sociopathically obsessed with their own personal gain to give a damn about the rest of the world or what sort of hell on earth they leave for their grandchildren…all they care about is they will be richer then anyone else.

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