Republican Meteorologist’s ‘Top 10 Reasons’ for GOP to Accept ‘Reality’

Paul Douglas, self-described ‘Republican business owner, entrepreneur, meteorologist and father’ and ‘Evangelical Christian,’ outlines why he thinks ‘my party’ is ‘on the wrong side of history’ … and of climate science.

Minnesota-based “Republican meteorologist” Paul Douglas again takes on climate skeptics within his own political party and outlines “what the data tells me” on climate matters. Dismissing climate science “out of hand is not only disingenuous, but politically short-sighted,” Douglas wrote in an online column in The Huffington Post.

What convinced him on the science behind climate change? Like a late-night TV host, Douglas lists 10 top reasons:

10. Shifting Weather Patterns
9. Rising Sea Levels
8. Warmer More Acidic Oceans
7. Straining Water Resources
6. Dying Forests
5. Extreme Rains and More Severe Local Storms
4. Spike in Wildfires
3. More Drought
2. Superheated Summers
“And, the number one reason”: Record Losses of Arctic Sea Ice

Douglas’ column was pegged to a laugh line that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used in August during the Republican National Convention: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” Romney said from the podium. “My promise is to help you and your family.” (Romney was referring to an early first-term promise by Obama to initiate efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.)

Douglas argued that climate change “will impact all our families, your kids and mine, as well as America’s competitive footing.” He said that as president, Romney should “work for a solution that will solve both the economic and the climate crisis.”

“Will the GOP rise to the occasion, or bet the farm on carbon and ask our grandkids to deal with the mess?” he concluded. “American Exceptionalism shouldn’t stop when it come to innovating new energy sources.”

Douglas’s column is far from his first expressing his strong views as a “Republican meteorologist” on climate change. His 2012 Earth Day column urged Republican loyalists to “trust real experts” on climate science and accept what he described as the peer-reviewed scientific consensus.

Douglas is among several world-class and high-visibility presenters who will address Minnesota and western Wisconsin TV meteorologists in early October as part of a workshop on climate science being held at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.

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3 Responses to Republican Meteorologist’s ‘Top 10 Reasons’ for GOP to Accept ‘Reality’

  1. Dan Rogers says:

    Are there any groups around who advocate preparing for continued warming and who are against the idea that humans are causing the warming and should take drastic measures to stop it?

  2. John Gayland says:

    Interesting top ten reasons but mostly nonsensical. I could dispute or counter each one with facts. Lets start with number one. Low level of Arctic ice, record high level of Antarctic ice, same total of ice. Superheated summer, only in North America, Europe and Asia had cooler than average summer, More drought, where, in North America, very similar to start of Little Ice Age, where Anastazi were forced to leave the Southwest North America due to drought, also Mayans suffered from drought, it all began in about 1300 AD. I could keep going but will probably fall on deaf ears. One more thing though, Sea Level rise which the University of CO keeps good records- Has risen 3.2mm/year consistently the past 100 years, Why so steady? Good luck