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Dumb Things Deniers Say No. 2 – A little bit of CO2 can’t matter.

May 31, 2010

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In an era when a hundred microchips can dance on the head of a pin, it takes a special clan of urban fool to believe that nothing small can be important.  Yes, that is what Dr. Tim Ball said, he who is Canada’s foremost professional climate change denier. And that is what Simple Sam repeated […]

Scientific Support for Anthropogenic Climate Change

May 29, 2010

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  Since 2001, 32 national science academies have issued statements upholding the theory of anthropogenic climate change. Australia Belgium Brazil Cameroon Canada (Royal Society) Caribbean China France (Instituu de) Ghana Germany (Leopoldina) Indonesia Ireland Italy (Accademia nazionale delle scienze) India Japan Kenya Madagascar Malaysia Mexico Nigeria New Zealand (Royal Society) Russia (Russian Academy of Sciences) […]

Faith is…

May 29, 2010

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Faith is not merely religion. Faith is what we use to fill in the interstices of what we ourselves know. Faith is the notion that there is an order of things. Faith keeps the landscapes real beyond where we can see them. It is a fundamental aspect of who we are as human beings, as […]

500 Light Bulbs

May 28, 2010

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According to a recent NASA study, the oceans have warmed significantly since 1993.  The report used an interesting illustration to explain just how much energy had been added into the ocean’s top layers in that 16 year period. “The energy stored is enough to power nearly 500 100-watt light bulbs for each of the roughly […]

The Baby Carriage

May 28, 2010

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This is a difficult story, although not a long one. I believe that it’s true, as true anyway as a fragment of a story is ever true.  The person who told it had recently experienced it, and felt it strongly.  It was a truthful moment, if you understand me, when the story was told. She […]

Do we really need to pray for disaster?

May 27, 2010

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The poles are melting.  Greenland shedding ice.  Antarctica chip-chip-chipping away. Just last year, after several years of drought and a season of record-breaking temperatures, hundreds of people died by wildfire in Australia. Today a glistening, amorphous death washes on New Orleans shores (symbol of our addiction to oil) and five years ago that city almost […]

Dumb Things Deniers Say: CO2 Is Good for You

May 26, 2010

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  Simple Sam is dumb some times, as you would expect, and he says dumb things.  And finding that not enough, he finds dumb things that other people have said and repeats them.  For instance, the other day he found a particularly dumb statement by professional climate change denier Richard Lindzen, and shared it with […]