This year, U.S. President Barack Obama has been upping the ante on how man-made climate change needs to be tackled, calling it the greatest threat to mankind.
Obama believes the effects of carbon pollution on the environment can’t be either denied or ignored (seems bad luck skeptics) and that addressing it should be everyone’s number one priority.
He repeated as much during a three day trip to Alaska this week which also featured the likes of Secretary of State John Kerry, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the White House’s director of science and technology, John P. Holdren. Together they painted a gloomy picture of what would happen if man-made climate change wasn’t addressed at a global level.
See Obama on his Alaska trip below which took him above the Arctic Circle:
Obama has been making the man-made climate change issue central to his last term in office and has been talking it up for a good chunk of this year.
“There’s not going to be a nation on this Earth that’s not impacted negatively. People will suffer. Economies will suffer. Entire nations will find themselves under severe, severe problems; more drought, more floods, rising sea levels, greater migration, more refugees, more scarcity, more conflict,” Obama said during his visit to Alaska reports the ABC.
“The other path is to embrace the human ingenuity that can do something about it. The time to heed the critics and the cynics and the deniers is past. The time to plead ignorance is surely past,” he said.
“Those who want to ignore the science, they are increasingly alone; they’re on their own shrinking island.”
Now if you’re a man-made climate change skeptic then you might be calling the President an alarmist peddling a doomsday scenario. If you’re a national leader who doesn’t agree with POTUS, he also has some words for you.
“Any so-called leader who does not take this issue seriously or treats it like a joke is not fit to lead. On this issue of all issues there’s such a thing as being too late,” Obama said.
But if you’re in America, how you feel about man-made climate change can also reflects on how you vote. Last year polling data from Lawrence Hamilton of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire found that climate change remains a divisive political issue.
The data said that a significant percentage of conservative Republicans don’t believe the scientific consensus that man-made climate change exists. But skeptics say that distrust is there for a reason. Cue some of the things former Vice President Al Gore has said in the past.
“Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years,” Gore said at a UN conference in 2009. Seems the short odds lost out there.
I guess you could say that some are skeptical because they say that whatever projections the scientist have made in the past are wrong so why would these be correct?
“So when you see the environmental community lusting after false data and supporting those who cannot accurately predict the weather a year from now but putting faith in their predictions 50 years from now that should trigger who you listen to,” wrote one skeptic in an online forum.
Some skeptics even see the issue as a ruse to give more power to the UN or a new world order cabal.
But if the co-founder of Greenpeace Patrick Moore is not convinced that man-made climate change is occurring, then maybe the skeptics have a point. Watch Moore in the below video explain why climate change is not man-made but for a myriad of complex reasons is a fact of life on this planet Earth: