October 24, 2015

OBAMA’S SCIENCE CZAR: ‘MAN-MADE’ CLIMATE CHANGE ENDANGERING SHRIMP, LOBSTERS, CRABS: John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said at a White House-sponsored event that some of the excess carbon dioxide dissolves in seawater to form carbonic acid:

“This puts at risk all of the marine organisms that make their shells from calcium carbonate including shrimp, oysters, lobsters, crabs and many of the zooplankton near the base of ocean food webs,” Holdren said at the White House’s Summit on Climate & the Road through Paris: Business & Science. “We know too that climate change will continue for many decades to come.”

According to Holdren, the “pace and pattern of the changes in climate” that have occurred since the industrial revolution match with “great fidelity” what climate science told us would result from the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere.

“Clear beyond reasonable doubt is that the ongoing human-caused changes in climate are already causing harm to life, property, economics and ecosystems including more extremely hot days and longer and stronger heat waves often accompanied by worse smog,” Holdren said.

In a way though, perhaps things are getting better; Holdren sounds positively sanguine about the environment today when compared to his zany interview with AP back in mid-2009, the apex of Hopenchange, when every 1972-era leftwing dream seemed possible and not just outtakes from Soylent Green and The Andromeda Strain:

The president’s new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth’s air. John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed. One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays. Holdren said such an experimental measure would only be used as a last resort.

“It’s got to be looked at,” he said. “We don’t have the luxury of taking any approach off the table.”

And if that doesn’t work, the Dr. Strangelove-esque scientist is prepared to inflict sterner measures upon the population — or eventually, the lack thereof.

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