The day after an excellent story by Justin Gillis in the Times lays out the impact of climate change denial in the GOP re: science, the popular right-wing Drudge site headlines theastonishing number of weather-related disasters that hit the U.S. this year — 2011: The year in extreme weather.
Included was a NASA satellite picture of Hurricane Irene, about the size of western Europe.
For decades respected climatologists have been warning that pumping gigatons of CO2 into the atmosphere will result in more climactic extremes. Mentions of that fact in the Drudge-linked story?
Of course not –that's why he chose it. Drudge is the site that believes that a cold wave disproves climate change. Nor should we forget that this summer he linked to a denier who claimed Hurricane Irene wasn't a hurricane. Nor should we overlook the endless hating of Al Gore.
The amplified denial is making all the more likely that we will hit 400 ppm atmospheric concentrations of CO2…by 2015, if we continue on our heedless course.
When will Matt Drudge face reality?