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The Wall Street Journal can shove it

March 27, 2012

Brit Trogen

 

The Wall Street Journal has been throwing the gauntlet down for a while now. First it was the "letter from 16 scientists." Then there was the refusal to publish the letter from 255 scientists (later resulting in its publication in Science.) And now there's this

 

I can't wait to see the rebuttal they won't publish!

 

Regardless of the results of real science, the WSJ will arrive at the same denialist conclusion. I'm not going to get in to all the reasons they're wrong here... I'll leave that to the experts. But I would like to take a moment to illustrate about what this will mean in the future. People can and will refuse to acknowledge the reality of climate change... But what about when it comes back to bite the rest of us in the behind?

 

Here's a quick summary of some of the future problems we have to look forward to:

 

Tornadoes, hurricanes and other extreme weather... costing us billions.

 

Stunted seals (though that would be adorable.)

 

A 70-foot rise in sea levels.

 

Longer allergy season.

 

No more trout or polar bears or coral reefs or elephants.

 

Bad wine.

 

No more hockey?!?

 

And of course, there are many, many more... (suggestions welcome). So if we can't do it for the planet, let's do it for wine and elephants. Because a world without those is not a world I'd want to live in.

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