A leading climate scientist and climate justice warrior says data is increasingly unnecessary because scientists “can see climate change.”
Michael Mann, a climatologist and the director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, told the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee at a hearing June 17 that climate data is really no longer necessary since we can see “climate change” on our TV screens.
“Fundamentally, I’m a climate scientist and have spent much of my career with my head buried in climate-model output and observational climate data trying to tease out the signal of human-caused climate change,” Mann told the committee.
“What is disconcerting to me and so many of my colleagues is that these tools that we’ve spent years developing increasingly are unnecessary because we can see climate change, the impacts of climate change, now, playing out in real time, on our television screens, in the 24-hour news cycle,” he added.
Mann went on to say climate change is no longer subtle – in fact, it’s now “obvious,” citing weather instances like flooding in Texas, as well as the California drought as examples of why data accumulation is becoming unnecessary.
The panel’s draft will now go to the full platform committee for approval at a meeting in July in Orlando, Fla., ahead of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Environmentalist Bill McKibben proposed having the DNC’s platform include a ban on hydraulic fracking, but the committee refused, spiking it during the voting process.
Mann, who has made a career out of belligerently attacking climate change skeptics, announced last week that he will be publishing a comic book of cartoons attacking global warming “deniers” this September. The comic book, titled “The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy,” is specifically marketed to teachers for use in classrooms.
A review of the book states that it can help teachers “prepare for denialist charges and complaints.” It will be made available for worldwide distribution Sept. 27.
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