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Protesting the Weather: Climate Change Activists Storm Capitol

Activists braved the cold and snow yesterday to participate in Capitol Climate Action Day. The day of civil disobedience focused on getting the capitol's power plant to ditch coal for natural gas. Participants cut off access to the plant's entrances and refused to leave when asked. The group followed action guidelines, which included a ban on violence and damage to property.

NASA's chief climate scientist Dr. James Hansen took some heat for encouraging the act of civil disobedience. The scientist, who claimed the Bush administration muzzled him, thinks:

We need to send a message to Congress and the president that we want them to take the actions that are needed to preserve climate for young people and future generations and all life on the planet.

DC's nonvoting congressperson Eleanor Holmes Norton also supports the cause. She says the plant has "poisoned untold numbers of people who live in the District of Columbia." Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asked the Architect of the Capitol, which oversees the plant, to switch it to natural gas. Maybe the protesters will get what they asked for.


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beavis667 beavis667 7 years
Nothing wrong with choosing to change if you want to. There is alot wrong with BHO's new budget which initiates a carbon tax that hopes to make petroleum/coal based energy cost as much as "green" energy. That's setting policy based on this silly global warming movement which has massively declining scientific merit. That's making us all pay for the environmental special interest.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
There is nothing wrong with asking us to make changes, but it is wrong to say the lives of our children depend on it. It's wrong to say that the sea levels will rise 20 feet in the next 100 years if we don't buy carbon credits to offset what we are currently doing. It's wrong to say that global warming is human made, when it is at the very least debatable, and may not be true at all.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
I agree that climate change is real. I am not one of those extremists, but I don't see anything wrong with us all conserving, recycling and preserving for the benefit of our future generations. There is no denying that we pollute and consume at a very high rate and there is nothing wrong with all of us trying to do less of both.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
Exactly! Thanks Grandpa! I really appreciate your links as well, its I think helpful to look at an issue as complicated as climate change from a lot of different prespectives. I'm not a scientist, but like to get my geek on in that arena every once in a while.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
mydiadem, one more thing. I am really enjoying reading your links. While we may disagree on global warming vs. global cooling, there is nothing I appreciate more then a cogent dialogue :heart: mydiadem :heart:
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
here is another. http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/283/5408/1712
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
Here's info on the CO2 lag, basically confirming that what Al Gore said about this effect was correct but oversimplified. http://www.skepticalscience.com/What-does-CO2-lagging-temperature-mean.html
melizzle melizzle 7 years
Sure, climate change is real. I just don't think it's a big deal. Cause it's normal.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
This was not the specific article i was referring to, but it will do. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11659
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
I want to just say I'm not some climate change nut, but I feel like I've looked at a lot of different things with a skeptical view and concluded that its real and would like to see work done to reduce pollution and CO2 emissions for the sake of my future children.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
I read an excellent paper a few months ago, and I am sorry I can’t reference it for. Using ice cores going back some 10,000 years. They measured co2 levels and put them besides the known temperatures and found that co2 was a lagging indicator on global warming. The case made was that co2 is absorbed by our oceans, and like a bottle of pop/soda when the ocean warms it throws off the co2. The reason it is a lagging indicator is because of the size of the oceans, slow to warm and slow to cool.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
http://www.skepticalscience.com/global-cooling-january-2007-to-january-2008.htm I do recommend this website, it looks at these arguments against global warming and compares with known research to see if the argument holds weight or not. At the end of the day, the proof that climate change is real and man made far out weights the proof that climate change is not real or not caused by man.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
Third link is a blog about the second link and the same professor.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
On the next one, if your problem is with the models I recommend reading this articlehttp://www.skepticalscience.com/climate-models.htm
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
On the next one, if your problem is with the models I recommend reading this article http://www.skepticalscience.com/climate-models.htm
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
On the first one, the flaw in this interpretation is in drawing conclusions about long term climate change over a relatively short period of 13 months. Particularly when a large portion of that cooling occured over one month (January 2008). Only over a period of years to decades can you confidently discern climate trends. Otherwise, you run the danger of mistaking weather for climate.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
On the first one, the flaw in this interpretation is in drawing conclusions about long term climate change over a relatively short period of 13 months. Particularly when a large portion of that cooling occured over one month (January 2008). Only over a period of years to decades can you confidently discern climate trends. Otherwise, you run the danger of mistaking weather for climate.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
Oh now it posts :rotfl:
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
Oh now it posts :rotfl:
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
http://truthliesandcommonsense.blogspot.com/2008/05/10-years-without-global-warming-maybe.html
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
http://www.propagandamatrix.com/articles/april2008/040408_cools_off.htm
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10783
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/02/19/january-2008-4-sources-say-globally-cooler-in-the-past-12-months/
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
For some reason my links did not go through. I will try again one at a time
tiabia tiabia 7 years
I agree with mydiadem. And I disagree with the opinion that there is absolutely no evidence of global warming in the past 10 years.
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