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.