Should we name a hurricane 'Rick Perry?'

Should we name a hurricane 'Rick Perry?'

There are 2 comments on the Houston Chronicle story from Aug 27, 2013, titled Should we name a hurricane 'Rick Perry?'. In it, Houston Chronicle reports that:

The environmental advocacy group has asked the World Meteorological Organization to name hurricanes after politicians who are skeptical of, or outright deny climate change.

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Huntsville, AL

#1 Aug 28, 2013
"On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but – which means that we must include all doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climate change. To do that we need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, means getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This “double ethical bind” we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both."

Dr Stephen Schneider, of Stanford University

United States

#2 Aug 28, 2013

While around 99 percent of all scientists agree that global warming is real, caused by humanity’s release of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions and that climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, conservative media has swayed a great portion of the American population to believe otherwise. There are five methods by which they have managed to do this, according to The Guardian.

•Presenting scientists who disagree that global warming is real (you know, the .01 percent) and persuading the conservative public that other scientists have some kind of agenda;
•Casting doubt on peer-reviewed journals and scientific institutions;
•Undermining the peer review process by insisting that it’s liberal, and therefore more political opinion than scientific fact;
•Accusing scientists of manipulating their data in order to find funding for their projects;
•Equating climate science with a new religion.

So successful are these tactics, conservative Americans are suspicious of climate change science to the extent that they are unwilling to accept even hard, real-world evidence of its truth, including drought, stronger storms, melting ice caps and other drastic changes in our climate patterns. However, some Republicans are beginning to stand up against the powerful media conglomerations that are skewing the science, The Guardian has found, and at least 53 percent of conservative youth are less gullible as their parents and grandparents.

Read more: Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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