Monday, June 13, 2011

It's the climate stupid.

The idea that all the extreme weather is due to climate change has seeped in the public and media subconscious. From today alone we have a commentary in The Guardian (not too surprising), a Reuters story on the impact on the insurance industry, worries about risk to investors on Pensions and Investments, WCVB-TV (Boston) coverage, some links on Highly Allocthonous and even a story in the Tehran Times.

So even while the denialists scream and the climate activists fret and wring their hands, I think the idea that the extreme weather is the result of climate change is taking root in the public mind, even if you can't connect single weather events to a climate shift.

I have a hunch that climate change and extreme weather will be a dominant issue in the 2012 U.S. elections. I;m talking about a hunch here, a flash of intuition, not a forecast based on careful analysis of polls, blah, blah, blah.  I could very well be wrong, but I'm throwing that out there, Joe Morgan style.

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