Skip to comments.Chris Christie has the chance to be a real leader on climate change
Posted on 11/04/2012 6:13:11 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
In light of horrific wildfires, a historic drought and now the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, the political understatement of the year has to be President Barack Obama's recent comment to MTV. Asked about climate change's absence from all presidential debates for the first time in a generation, he said, "I am surprised it didn't come up."
Instead of "surprised" he should have said "appalled" -- because that's what he and most Americans should be. As Scientific American reports, while no one weather event can be blamed on climate change, science now definitively "link(s) climate change directly to intense storms and other extreme weather events."
Of course, the reason the issue hasn't "come up" in a presidential campaign roiled by climate-related disasters is because many voters refuse to acknowledge that human-intensified climate change is real.
This is why, just days before the national election, New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie is a potentially more important political figure than anyone running for the White House. Thanks to his fame, his credibility among conservatives and his ubiquitous media presence during the cataclysm, he has the rare chance to persuade Republicans to discard their denialism and finally face reality.
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Stand around Crispie Creme right after he has six Big Mac’s, and you’re bound to experience a climate change.
Climate change is a LIE.
Guess they still believe in Oregon.
Yup, I heard the next olympic event to be added will be two laps around him.
...has just been shot to pieces.
I would say that he has a real good chance of becoming a Democrat. If Romney wins or loses on Tuesday, Christie’s name will remain ‘mud’ in the Republican party.
Let Governor Christie start implementing a large number of expensive policies designed to lessen carbon footprints directly after a disaster. He’ll be a hero.
Is it just me, or is this so far beyond unbelievably stupid that it’s not even within the realm of possibility that anyone is really this much of an idiot, and willing to display it publicly?
Guess they still believe in Oregon.
I guess no one sent them the memo about climate-gate 1 & 2 and the latest biased numbers from the people who were behind both debacles. Even their own data that show that the earth's climate has not warmed for the past 16 years. If the data had not been manipulated there is no doubt that it would show cooling not warming. What a bunch of bozos.
I recall when Sci American was scientific.
His political instincts suck.
Giving Obama a photo op, then having the unions turn away non-union help has made him look like an idiot.
Make no mistake, he’s an ace over a deuce, compared to the guy he beat (Corzine), but so is a root canal.
Who decided this chooch should’ve been keynote speaker? That moron should be shitcanned.
It looks pretty stupid when expressed on the national level, but within the context of Portland, Oregon, it is conventional wisdom.
Why can’t they just realize that the NE was slated for destruction by the gods of earth, wind and fire? And you know, the gods are not crazy!
It’s a small step from belief in global warming or climate change to the gods concept... I choose...
Climate change is a fact. It has been going on since the earth began. The lie is that it is caused by man or can be controlled by man.
For fu*ksake, I’m sick of hearing about “climate change.” Their newest bs response is to say, “Maybe it isn’t real. But are you willing to take the chance?” Yes. Yes I am because the “solutions” they’re proposing are so absurd.
I saw another fool on ted.com say that climate change doesn’t matter because what’s being proposed (renewable energy, less waste, respect for Moma Earth, etc.) is so wonderful.
I can just see how well this announcement would go over ...
Gov. Christie: "In an effort to stave off the next hurricane by reducing the impact of climate change, I'm going to permanently reduce New Jersey's carbon footprint. As of 9:30 AM today, all utility crews that were working to restore power are going to stop that work ... and they will be reassigned to a new task of shutting off power to the entire state. We're going to live like the GEICO cavemen from this point forward."
The north east is currently experiencing the total “ green energy “ utopia liberals dream of....
No electricity, no power, no gas... No carbon footprint at all....
The author, David Sirota, was a Journalism and Political Science major. As evidenced by the confusion in his writing, Sirota has no background in or understanding of “science”.
Sirota is a typical ‘progressive’ who is a sucker for appeals to authority and is clearly lacking in critical thinking skills, which undoubtedly explains why he has a gig as contributor to the Salon web site. His choice of Scientific American as the authority behind his dubious climate claims is laughable.
Screw the fat windbag! Where was he when the Alabama utilty crews drove up to help the residents get power? These true Americans were cursed at and called scabs by organized union thugs who have Jersey and the Met area under their grip. Consequently, the Alabamans returned home without a word from Christie, Cuomo or Bloomberg.
That’s what I think too. After Hussein gets trounced the dems are going to move away from the unions and Christie will turn parties. He’ll become the dem candidate in 2016.
Utility crews from Houston went up there too, I haven’t heard if they stayed or came home.
Agreed. So where's the Barf Alert?
He regularly appears in our newpaper .... the few times I ever pick the paper up, I regularly refuse to read anything he writes.
Dude, climate change went out with mullet hair and mom jeans.
I believe climate change is real, hell, it happens every day, I wake up in the cool of the morning and by 3PM its hotter than hell, - what I DON’T agree with is that is is a bad thing or that it is in any way out of the range of cyclic variation.
If we let the left define the words, we lose
Of course climate change is real, it changes from season to season and from year to year. We have droughts and floods, cold winters and some years, no winter at all. It is the “man made” part that I disagree with.
Truly, these people are mentally ill. AND mentally deficient.
IOW, ready for recruitment by the DOJ, based on new DOJ guidelines for recruiting lawyers.
A climate scientist is to a real scientist as is a kid with a balsa wood glider is to a fighter pilot.
They have invented a new religious terminology.
On a geological time scale the Pacific Northwest is so toast.
I might give some thought to climate change (didn’t they used to call this “global warming” or some such?) were it not promulgated largely by professional liars.
Maybe by going on the record as to what total crock of shite and con game it actually is.
Wildfires, droughts and hurricanes have always occurred, and are not occurring with any more frequency than normal.
Global temperatures have been declining for 2000 years when you don't use the fraudulent data used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The guy who takes a helicopter to his son’s baseball game and then needs a car to go 100 yards is the new global warming fighter???
“Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything”
Your first clue you’re dealing with an idiot is when you have to explain to them that it’s a joke.
Your second clue that you’re dealing with an idiot is they still don’t believe it’s just a joke even after you tell them it’s a joke.
They really are idiots.
Treat yourself to a really good laugh at an idiots expense next time someone brings up Global Warming/Climate change.
Simply make the statement and be just a serious as you can, “everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything”, then sit back and watch, they will not get that it’s a joke.
How much do donuts contribute to global warming?
Obama to Christie, “I’ve got fudge........Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses....We’re talkin’ Haagen Dazs, here, what do you say?”
The Onion? No?
It should be...
Chris Christie is a true treasure to this country. His ass is so big it blocks out at least 25% of all the harmful UV rays from the sun. He is however, a Democrat, a great big Blue Dog Democrat. So just say it, let it go and let him go. He doesn’t represent me or my party in any shape, matter or form.
By the way I see how that Hope we get some help, and Change your underware because they’re pulling guns on us because we don’t have anything to give them for free is going in New York.
By the way please turn Bloomberg loose by himself in the wiped out areas. Then put that on Tru TV later. That would be a hoot! I bet he could run a New York Marathon trying to get away!
Murphy’s law. Just when you think you’ve idiot proofed something. They will invent a better idiot...
The Left exemplifies this axiom...
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