7ony (7ony) wrote,

PBS Nova video on Antarctica

I recommend everyone watch this PBS Nova video: http://video.pbs.org/video/1700738538/. In addition to showing beautiful views and providing accurate descriptions of Antarctica, the video describes important research of an attempt to predict the results of global warming on the sea level. Scientists seek answers, not to whether sea level will rise, but how much, and more important, how fast. Include the kids in the viewing; they have more at risk than we do.

I know. I know. We have politicians that deny global warming. Actually, now they've conceded that point, but they seem stuck on the idea that the consuming fossil energy has little or no effect on the large and quick rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere during the last 120 years. Except for Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney, the denier idea seems to be a mantra for the major Republican presidential hopefuls. Other politicians also like that idea. I can understand why Oklahoma's longtime Senator Jim Inholf likes the idea, but Michele Bachmann? Rick Perry? Both seem more intelligent and less likely to embrace a denier idea that is contrary to the opinions of 99.99 percent of the scientists actively working in environmental science. I have to question whether the politicians are being sincere. Do we really want a president who is so willing to lie about such an important topic?

Speaking of Rick Perry and as a treat for reading this, I offer a link to a recent cartoon in the Tulsa World:

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