Friday, May 12, 2017

WPA climate science vs. right-wing climate science dismissal

The following photos show the WPA's Ocean Climate Survey Project in Louisiana, ca. 1935-1943, sponsored by the U.S. Weather Bureau. All photos courtesy of the National Archives.

In 2013, Donald Trump (our current Republican president) said "Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!"

In 2015, it was alleged that the administration of Florida Governor Rick Scott (a Republican) "ordered [Florida Department of Environmental Protection] employees, contractors and volunteers not to use the terms 'climate change' and 'global warming' in official communications."

In 2015, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (a Republican) asked President Obama not to talk about climate change during an upcoming Obama visit to his state.

In 2016, it was reported that "References to climate change, rising temperatures and the human activities that cause them have been removed recently from a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources web page." Wisconsin is led by Governor Scott Walker (a Republican).

Last month, President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency, led by Scott Pruitt (a Republican), "removed most climate change information from its website."

Isn't it amazing that, 80 years after the WPA engaged in climate science, the political right dismisses climate science as useless and a scam; and also tries to forbid any discussion about climate change and global warming? This is in-your-face devolution.

Most of this climate science dismissal and suppression has been done to curry favor with fossil fuel billionaires, in the hopes of securing campaign donations. And, in return for those donations, Republicans create public policies that pamper the billionaires and burden the rest of us (clean-up costs, higher incidences of cancer, contaminated water, mercury in fish, etc.). This part of the global warming equation is easy to understand; at its core, it's simply bribery that benefits both parties - a game that has existed for thousands of years. The harder part to understand, is why tens of millions of Americans are going along with it, perpetually voting for billionaire-backed candidates year after year... essentially submitting to the billionaires and saying, "Yes, master. Whatever you say master. I worship you master. I will drink contaminated water for you master."

Of course, the Democratic Party isn't helping matters much by boldly declaring, "We'll fight for the little guy!" while simultaneously receiving truck loads of money from white collar criminals, corporate slime balls, and Wall Street sociopaths. A lot of people, understandably, aren't inspired by that sort of two-faced behavior.

What a mess. We desperately need New Deal II.


  1. What's the difference between a scientist that is an ernest seeker of cracking the mysteries of how the universe behaves in order to better control those forces for the betterment of mankind and a Malthusian crackpot that simply wants to blame population growth (especially those who aren't white Anglo-Americans) as the problem of the environment much as the same loopy curmudgeons blame refugees escaping the destruction of nations by the economic warfare of the Geopolitical hell of the London/Wall St. Axis for the economic woes caused by the same "economic royalists" FDR denounced? On one hand, you often complain of the lack of work for people, yet you seem to take the side of the radical corporate backed environmentalist movement that is notorious for using lawsuits to drag construction projects out to absurd lengths of time and making them prohibitively expensive. A recent project to construct a badly needed light rail system in Marin and Sonoma counties here in California utilizing an old abandoned freight railroad ROW comes to mind and the problems of financing it on top of the added problem of constant environmental based lawsuits to delay and possibly prevent it from even getting built due to the legal costs. How can we promote FDR's vision of putting people first and cheer on an utopian environmental religion that blames everything wrong on people itself?

    1. I don't too much about environmental lawsuits that delay construction projects, although I know it's a frequent issue. On the other hand, I saw my home county (Anne Arundel County, Maryland) torn to shreds by developers. They bulldozed so many wooded areas to put in new housing developments and condos, over many decades, that it was really sickening. And in my home community, all the wooded areas I played in as a kid are gone, replaced with as many homes as they could cram in. But my main concern with this particular blog post was carbon emissions, and how Republicans think higher and higher concentrations of CO2 are not a problem at all, and shouldn't even be discussed.