The Post-Crescent's recent, well-reasoned climate editorial was on target in many ways. Wisconsin won't see many hurricanes of the likes of Hurricane Sandy, but will increasingly see things it has never seen before, weather severity never seen before and increased frequency of severe weather events never seen before. Only those with their heads deep in the political sand will miss the increasing evidence of the consequences of climate change.
In the comments following this editorial, Bob Meyer wisely points out that "one has to discern the distinction between science and ideological proclamations." Imagine Rush Limbaugh in charge of mission planning for the first moon shot and vested with the authority to order the first launch. Would we rather trust science or a political oracle?
There are some people wise enough to see that politics and science are like oil and water. They don't mix. If one chooses a political slogan or politically motivated misinformation over the results of scientific study and analysis, they're courting much more than nausea after drinking their mix of oil and water.
And relying on political propaganda and unsubstantiated claims to discredit something one doesn't like to hear or want to believe is farther from intelligence and closer to ignorance. Also, sarcasm and mockery will not get you through a high school science course.
Those in the know see a problem. Approaching climate reality is painfully illustrated in the article "Hell or High Water" in the May 19 issue of Time magazine. Read it. There are no political slogans. The insurance industry sees serious trouble ahead. Sick of politics?