Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jebber jab, jeb jibber

From Huffpo:

WASHINGTON -- Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that while he acknowledges "the climate is changing," he's not clear on the extent to which human activity may be causing those changes.

"I don't think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It's convoluted," the former Florida governor said at an event in Bedford, New Hampshire.

"For the people to say the science is decided on this is really arrogant, to be honest with you," he said, according to CNN. "It's this intellectual arrogance that now you can't have a conversation about it, even. The climate is changing. We need to adapt to that reality."

Postscript. Here's the funny part. Man isn't necessarily responsible for climate change, but maybe his carbon emissions are.
On Friday, Bush did not say directly that he believed climate change was man-made, but he consistently tied it to industry-produced carbon emissions. “Right now we are one of the counties that has reduced carbon emissions because of the natural gas revolution, converting from coal, and conservation — the two things that have driven a reduction in CO2 emissions,” Bush said. “We are reducing [carbon emissions],” he added. “The rest of the world is the place, certainly in the emerging world, where you have greatest challenges.”


Sanoguy said...

My politics are liberal but, when it comes to climate change, I take the conservative view. The conservative view, in my view, is that climate change might, just might, be caused by human activity. Likely, it may never be known 100% whether human activity has caused or accelerated climate change. The conservative in me says that we should start doing some things that likely will not accelerate the change of climate i.e., reduce greenhouse emissions. Doing some of these things just might reduce the pace of change. That would be a good thing!

Blue Heron said...

Lot of people and a lot of candidate's donors have profited greatly from treating the world as a cesspool. I am sure that the conversation Jeb is interested in having will not wish to assign any blame for any pollution that might in fact, be manmade.

Sanoguy said...

I think that can be said of all of those folks who deny the possibility of human caused / influenced climate change. They deny the preponderance of evidence that man may well play a role in the change. They also tend to shout louder than those who think there might be a link.

Blue Heron said...

What percentage of these same people would you suppose deny evolution as well? Denial is a business strategy, the evidence here is incontrovertible. Remember the blast rule#1 - money always wins...