Tom Smerling

ClimateBites founder
An honest skeptic can be persuaded by facts....

Bite"Skepticism is invaluable to the scientific method. But an honest skeptic can be persuaded by facts. These deniers are largely impervious to facts — at least facts that contradict their worldview."
It's like a "whodunit" mystery.  We know the suspects. . .

Category:Human Causality
BiteThink of it like a who-dun-it mystery. Scientists have identified all the "usual suspects" sun, aerosols, land over, volcanoes, etc. Each suspect has its own fingerprint, "calling card," and DNA signature. The warming we see match CO2 almost perfectly, and none of the others match wel...
It's the sun?  That coffin has so many nails. . . "

Category:Human Causality
Bite“That’s a coffin with so many nails in it already that the hard part is finding a place to hammer in a new one.” — Geophysicist Ray Pierrehumbert.
"Satan called. He wants his weather back."

BiteSign photographed on in the middle of Main Street, in Bison, Kansas on July 23, 2011 during the record-breaking drought.
Models are unreliable?  You mean late for photo shoots?

BiteModels are unreliable. I agree -- they are often late for photo shoots, and sometimes never show up at all!
They'll blame us not for what we use, but what we waste.

BiteFuture generations "will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted." —Pres. Theodore Roosevelt.
To find truth, hire a detective.   To just win, hire a lawyer.

Category:Who to Believe?
BiteIf you want to find the truth, hire a detective (or scientist). If you just want to win, hire a lawyer (or PR firm).
More intense precipitation means "When it rains, it pours"

Category:Extreme Weather
BiteWhat does "more intense precipitation" mean? It means that, in the immortal words of the Morton Salt Company, "When it rains it pours."
Gravity theory has uncertainties too.  So jump off a cliff?

Bite"Science isn't "yes or no." Science is gradually reducing uncertainty. Consider gravity. We know gravity with a fairly high degree of understanding but there are still little areas of gravity theory that scientists are still arguing about exactly how it works. But just because scientists don't h...
Insurance companies don't care if you believe in AGW.

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"Insurance companies don’t care if you believe in climate change or not: Your premiums are going up anyhow...home insurance premiums are going up across the board in response to the record number of tornadoes, floods, fires, blizzards and other heavy weather that hit the country in 2011."—Dean Kuipe...
CO2 is benign because we exhale it?   So tsunamis are OK...

Bite"Let me address the argument that CO2 is benign because we exhale it. That's about as good an argument as saying a tsunami isn't dangerous because we drink water."— -- Rep. Jay Inslee at a 2011 committee hearing
Mother Nature sets a time limit on procrastination.

Bite"Mother Nature puts a time limit on how long we can dither and procrastinate" before taking action. "Several vulnerable elements in earth's climate system could be pushed toward abrupt or irreversible change. . .with our business-as-usual increase in emissions."—Dr. Richard Somerville.
I can't tell you how old you'll be when you die, but . . .

BiteI can't tell you when you'll die, but I can tell you the average age of death of people your age. That's how life insurance companies they make money. That's the difference between weather and climate. Averages are predictable; individual events are not.
Like like blaming a raccoon for going thru your trash

BiteBlaming Exxon "is like blaming a raccoon for going through your trash. They’re simply responding to available opportunities." Their "multi-billion dollar investment" in Arctic seabed exploration "is predicated on Exxon’s belief that the planet is warming. . . is one of the most powerful admissions...
Thermal expansion.  Like the red fluid in a  thermometer

BiteRecent sea level rise is mostly due to thermal expansion, the same reason that mercury -- or alcohol with red dye -- climbs in a thermometer.
Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

Bite"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt." -- Mark Twain

"Call Me Cleopatra, 'Cause I'm the Queen of Denial"
-- country-western song by Pam Tillis
Nothing can be changed until it is faced.

Bite"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
-- James Baldwin
A cold winter proves the earth isn't warming?

BiteSaying global warming isn't real because last winter was cold and snowy, is like saying that spring's not happening because Friday was cooler than Monday. You have to look at the longer trend.
Climate Russian Roulette:   But what's in the loaded chamber?

BiteContinued release of greenhouse gases is like playing "Russian Roulette with the climate, hoping that the future will hold no unpleasant surprises. No one knows what lies in the active chamber of the gun."

-- Oceangrapher, Wallace Broecker, 1987.
"Believe" in it?   No.  It's about evidence, not belief.

Bite"People ask me if I believe in global warming. I tell them, 'No, I don't,' because belief is faith; faith is the evidence of things not seen. Science is evidence of things seen. To have an open mind, we have to use the brains that God gave us to look at the science."—Dr. Katharine Hayhoe.
Woody Allen:   Let's pray we choose wisely.

Bite“Mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly”—Woody Allen.
It's like a big tsunami, headed our way...

BiteClimate change is like a big tsunami, far at sea but headed our way. To get our families "off the beach" and to safety, we need to act now. If we wait until we can see wave breaking, it will be too late.
Science drags us 'kicking and screaming' toward truth

Bite"Science is so powerful that it drags us kicking and screaming towards the truth, despite our best efforts to avoid it."
The bad news: It's us. The good news:  We can stop it.

BiteThe bad news: we are causing it.
The good news: we can stop it.
Scientist to write plain English?  Like asking cat to bark

Bite"It should be possible to write about science in plain English, though asking a scientist to do that is like asking a cat to bark."— Dr. Richard Somerville, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report.
Even schoolchildren know it'll be devastating

Bite"The world is perfectly on track to six degrees Celsius increasing the temperature, which is very bad news. And everybody, even school children, know this will have catastrophic implications for all of us."—Fatih Birol, IEA
Galileo Gambit:  "They also laughed at Bozo the Clown."

Category:Who to Believe?
Bite"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."—Carl Sagan
Reality doesn't go away when you stop believing in it.

BiteReality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Climate activists are deeply conservative

Bite"Those who work to prevent global warming are deeply conservative, insistent that we should leave the world in something like the shape we found it. We want our kids to know the world we knew." -- Bill McKibben
Partial evidence:  Like blind men feeling an elephant.

BitePartial evidence can be very misleading. Remember the "blind men feeling an elephant" allegory? One feels a leg and says it's a tree. Another the trunk; i'ts a snake! Another pats the body and calls it a wall. The only way to figure out what's really going on is to look all the evidence together...
The canvas on which 21st Century history will be painted

BiteClimate = the canvas on which 21st C history will be painted.
Earth's climate is an ornery beast...that overreacts

Bite"The paleoclimate record shouts out to us that, far from being self-stabilising, the Earth's climate system is an ornery beast which overreacts to even small nudges." -- Reknowned paleoclimatologist, Wallace Broeker
Al Gore wastes energy, so global warming is a hoax?

BiteOne man's personal choices tell you nothing about the validity of the science. It's like saying, "Louis Pasteur sometimes neglected to wash before meals, so that proves that bacteria don't cause disease."
JFK:   "We choose these things because they are hard..."

Bite"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and to do these other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling t...
Why Woolworth's?  Drinking coffee won't end racism!

BiteSaying 'stopping the Keystone pipeline won't stop global warming,' is like a civil rights skeptic saying in 1960, 'Why Woolworth's lunch counter? Getting served a cup of coffee won't end racism.'
You can find someone to say whatever you want to hear.

Bite"We desperately want to believe that big problems are overblown or nonexistent. Whenever a group of people 'desperately wants to believe' something, there will always be someone willing to tell them what they want to hear, whether the opportunists are charlatans or simply nutjobs."
Applying the brakes on a foggy road is not alarmism

Bite"I wouldn’t characterize wanting to use the brakes on a foggy road as hysteria. Humanity is simply driving too fast for the conditions ahead, and should be more cautious."
Replace "ands" with "buts" and "therefores

BiteReplace your "ands" with "buts" or "therefores." It makes for better writing —Trey Parker, writer of South Park, on the art of storytelling.
"Global Warming is a misnomer..."—John Holdren

Bite"The popular term 'global warming' is a misnomer. It implies something uniform, gradual, mainly about tempera­ture, and quite possibly benign. What is happening to global climate is none of those."
Is the fox a "serious" protector of the henhouse?

Category:Who to Believe?
BiteCalling him [an oil lobbyist] a serious source on climate is like calling a fox a "serious" protector of the hen house.
We're seeing today what John Tyndall predicted in 1859.

BiteThe basic science of climate change is more than 150 years old. Back in 1859, Irish physicist John Tyndall predicted that winters would warm faster than summers, and nights faster than days. Now we see it borne out.
Kindergarten lesson:   "Clean up your own mess"

Bite"Clean up Your Own Mess" -- Robert Fulghum

"Cleaning up after ourselves generally is neither easy nor fun, and we usually don't like it." -- Richard B. Alley
Waking the "Sleeping Giants" of abrupt change

BiteThe longer global warming continues, the greater the risk of "waking the sleeping giants"—major feedbacks such as ice sheet collapse, methane "burps," or ecosystem collapse—that could ignite abrupt or runaway warming beyond our control.
If 10 people said your house is on fire, you'd act.

Bite"If ten people told you your house was on fire, you would call the fire department. You wouldn’t really care whether some of them thought that the place would be incinerated in an hour and some of them thought it would take a whole day."—Elizabeth Kolbert.
Better to adapt than mitigate?   And keep smoking?

BiteBetter to adapt than mitigate? This is like saying 'It's better to smoke, get cancer, then spend years in chemo- and radiotherapy, than to simply quit smoking and get healthy.'
Distant danger:  Try warning a teenager to stop smoking!

BiteIt's hard to change habits, especially when the most harmful consequences lie in the distant future. Try convincing a teenager to stop smoking because he might get lung cancer... in 20 years!
My only tool is a hammer, so that screw must be. . .a hoax!

BiteWhen your only tool is a hammer, all problems look like nails.

A corollary: Show me a problem that is obviously not "a nail" and I'll tell you why that problem is . . . a hoax! Since my only tool is a hammer.... "screws" cannot be real!
Like the Titanic sinking, catastrophes aren't democratic

Bite“Like the sinking of the Titanic, catastrophes are not democratic. A much higher fraction of passengers from the cheaper decks were lost. We’ll see the same phenomenon with global warming.”
Scientific theories are like ropes with many strands

BiteQuestion: "What is the single most important piece of evidence supporting global warming theory?" Answer: "What is the single strand that is most important in holding a rope together? Finding one single strand that can be cut to break the rope is very unlikely." — Dr. Richard Alley
Weather = like a coin flip.  Climate = 1000 flips

BiteWeather is like flipping a coin once. It is unpredictable. Climate is the average weather, measured over decades. It's like flipping a coin 1,000 times. The long term average is much more predictable.
Cold snap?   A dark night disproves lengthening days?

BiteDoes a winter cold snap disprove global warming? That's like saying in April, "Don't tell me the days are getting longer. Look how dark it is tonight!"

Wide short-term fluctuations can mask a slow, long-term trend. Global warming won't eliminate winter, any more than long summer...
Drought & Deluge:   What goes up, must come down.

Category:Extreme Weather
BiteAs evaporation accelerates, dry areas get dryer and wet areas become wetter. Why? Because "what goes up must come down," but unfortunately not in the same spot.
Nice summer in Minnesota.  But I had to work both days!

BiteMinnesotans say: Last summer was nice, but I had to work both days!
Debate = contest of orators. Science = contest of evidence.

BiteDebate is a contest of orators; Science is a contest of evidence.
China pollutes more?   Therefore we should keep polluting too?

Bite"This is like saying that if someone else drops more litter than you, then it's OK for you to drop litter."—Dr. Richard Milne
Send your grandkids on an unsafe airplane?

Category:Who to Believe?
BiteWould you put your grandkids on an airplane that 97 of the top 100 aerospace engineers declared unsafe, because you heard the 3 others say 'no problem, it's perfectly sound?'
Cold winter in Europe.   Did you check Siberia?

BiteCold winter in Europe, but warm in Siberia. So this disproves AGW? That's like saying: 'My keys were in my jacket, now they're not. That proves they're lost. (But have you checked your other coat? your pants?)
Every major national science academy in world...

Category:Who to Believe?
Bite"Every major national science academy in the world has reported that global warming is real, caused mostly by humans, and requires urgent action."—Dr. James Hansen, NASA
If common sense were enough, we wouldn't need science.

Bite"It may not be common sense, but if common sense were good enough, we wouldn't need science."
My doctor can't say how and when I'll die.   So mortality is not real?

BiteNo doctor can tell us exactly how and when we'll die. But that doesn't invalidate the reality of mortality. We can be quite certain that we won't live forever.
To change the world, first change the story—Andy Goodman

Bite"If you want to change the world for the better, first you have to change the story."
China is "eating our lunch" on clean energy

Category:Clean Energy
Bite"Meanwhile China will keep eating our lunch on clean energy. What we need are politicians willing to make the tough—and often unpopular—decisions that can put the U.S. back in the game on energy."
CO2 is good for plants?   That's like telling a man on fire...

Bite"CO2 causes more severe droughts and floods, which are very bad for plants. So saying that more CO2 will be good for plants is like telling a man on fire that 'more vitamins will be good for him.'"
Desperate people do desperate things

BiteClimate chaos breeds conflict, violence and terrorism. When people become desperate, they do desperate things, because they have nothing left to lose.
Skepticism vs. Denial

BiteSkepticism = looking at all the evidence before drawing a conclusion. Denial = rejecting any evidence that does not support your preferred, predetermined conclusion.
More CO2 is good?  Try telling a farmer that...

BiteFarmers know that plants grow best when all their needs are in balance, not just more and more CO2. Crops also need water, nutrients, correct temperature, pollination, weed & pest control, etc.

Global warming means more droughts and floods. No amount of CO2 will grow corn in a ...
Slowing emissions is like slowing credit card spending...

BiteSlowing emissions of carbon dioxide is somewhat like slowing credit-card spending and expecting your debt to shrink.
Weather vs. like waves vs. tide.

BiteWeather is short term and unpredictable, like ocean waves.

Climate is long-term and predictable, like the tides.
M. Twain:  Climate is what you expect.   Weather is what you get.

BiteClimate = what you expect. Weather = what you get. Variation: When travel, climate determines what you pack. Weather determines what you put on each morning.
Weather vs. Climate:   'I lost 2 lbs last weekend..."'

BiteClimate is about long term trends. Weather is short-term fluctuations.

Drawing conclusions about climate by looking at the weather is like saying 'I lost 2 lbs yesterday!' Every veteran weight-watcher knows that one day means nothing. It's the long term trend that counts.
We're not first.   Pond scum did it 2 billion years ago!

BiteHuman's aren't the first species to alter the atmosphere; that distinction belongs to cyanobacteria, (blue-green algae) which, some two billion years ago, invented photosynthesis. But we are the first species to be in a position to understand what we are doing.
Ask a farmer, hunter or fisherman.  Notice any changes?

BiteAsk a local farmer whether they have noticed any changes in the timing of growing seasons in the past few decades. Ask a local gardener if they've noticed any changes in the timing of flowering in their yard in the past few decades. Or ask a hunter or fisherman if they've noticed changes in waterf...
CO2 is only a trace gas.   And arsenic is "only a trace" element.

BiteSaying that CO2 is "only a trace gas" is like saying that arsenic is "only" a trace water contaminant.
First they ignore you, then ridicule, fight . . . then you win

Bite'First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.'
It's no longer enough to love and nourish a child.

Bite“It is no longer enough to love, feed, shelter, clothe and educate a child – not when the future itself is in danger. Being conscientious parents today also means working to protect the nation and the planet – now, before it’s too late.”—Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan, 1988
'I hate surgery.  So I can't possibly have a tumor!

BiteImagine your radiologist pointing to a spot on your lung x-ray, which several top oncologists have agreed shows cancer.. Would you say, 'I don't believe in surgery. So that can't possibly be a tumor'?

Variation: ' that tumor must be a hoax!"
The worst pipeline:   from Wall St to K St. to Capitol Hill.

BiteKeystone XL pipeline is not the most destructive. The worst pipeline runs from Wall St. to Capitol Hill, via K St. It gushes money, not oil.
Cold winter?   He won 2 hands of poker and thinks. . .

BiteSaying a cold winter disproves long-term global warming is like the guy who wins two hands of poker and thinks he's figured out how to 'beat the house.' Time to double down on his bets, right?
I am not an alarmist, but I am alarmed.  You should be too.

Bite"The excess CO2 that is pumped into the air today will affect our planet for thousands of years into the future. I am not an alarmist, but I am alarmed. You should be too."—Dr. Stephen Mulkey.
That iceberg looming just global warming

Bite100 years ago, Titanic's Captain Smith steamed ahead full speed, despite iceberg warnings. By time the fatal 'berg was visible, it was too late to turn the big ship. Today, the looming hazard is global warming. Will we heed the warnings in time to change course?
Past climate change is no comfort.  It's cause for concern.

Category:Human Causality
Bite"Past climate change is not a source of comfort. It's a cause for concern."— John Cook
It's not Vegas.   What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic

Category:Extreme Weather
BiteWhat happens in the Arctic, doesn't stay in the Arctic. The rapid disappearance of sea ice cover can have consequences that are felt all over the Northern Hemisphere, due to the effects it has on atmospheric patterns.
Not one "silver bullet"...instead, "silver buckshot"

BiteThere's no one "silver bullet" that can solve our energy and climate challenge in one shot. Instead, it's going to take a lot of little bullets -- "silver buckshot" -- which together can pack the same wallop and get the job done.

Variation for hunters: Think buckshot, rather than a ...
Extreme weather:  Think of the atmosphere as a sponge

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"Think of the atmosphere as a sponge. The hotter the air, the bigger your sponge, so it can hold more water. And when you squeeze it out, you're going to get more rain...and flooding."
Greenland is coming your way...

Bite"Greenland is coming your way, and faster than you think!"
Like Russian Roulette...with more and more bullets!

BiteClimate change increases the odds for extreme weather. Like playing Russian Roulette, while adding more and more bullets to a revolver. You'll never know whether the bullet that fired was the original "natural" bullet, or one of the new ones you added. But you'll be just as dead.
Mark Twain was wrong:   We actually are doing something.

Category:Human Causality
BiteMark Twain famously said, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." It turns out that he was wrong. We have been doing something...but unintentionally and not for the better.
The word "rival" comes from "people sharing the same river"

Bite"The word rival, after all, comes from 'people who share the same river.'"

Many wars are ignited by conflict over scarce resources. Some consider Darfur the first "climate war."
Weather is like CNN.  Climate is like the History Channel.

BiteWeather is like CNN. Climate is like The History Channel.
The cheapest carbon =  the carbon we don't burn.

Bite"The cheapest carbon to remove from the atmosphere, is the carbon we don't put there in the first place."
More exciting than the best mystery plot

Bite"To a patient scientist, the unfolding greenhouse mystery is far more exciting than the plot of the best mystery novel."—Dr. David Schindler
So 97 doctors told you that lump must be removed, but. .

Category:Who to Believe?
Bite97 doctors said you must have a tumor removed or it'll kill you. But you decided to follow the advice of 3 who said "Nah, it's just a shadow on the x-ray." . . . So, how did that work out for you?
Extreme weather cause?   Like heart attack risk factors

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"An obese, middle-aged man is running to catch a bus. Suddenly, he clutches his chest, falls to the ground and dies of a massive heart attack. It turns out that he's a smoker and a diabetic, has high blood pressure, eats a diet high in saturated fat and low in leafy green vegetables, pours salt on e...
Not sure it's warming?   Just ask the plants.

Bite"If you question the numbers, just ask the plants."— Andy Extance, Simple Climate.
We should be conservative with what we have.

BiteWho doesn’t want economic investment? Who doesn’t want renewable sources of energy? Who doesn’t want cleaner air and water and a thriving economy? Who doesn’t agree that we should be conservative with what we have?—Katharine Hayhoe.
Like a train, change starts slowly but hard to stop

BiteClimate change is like a train: it starts slowly, but it’s awfully hard to stop once it gains a bit of momentum.
"If climate is the shark, water is the teeth."

Bite“Much of the impact of climate change will be felt through changing patterns of water availability, with shrinking glaciers and changing patterns of precipitation increasing the likelihood of drought and flood. If climate change is the shark, then water is its teeth and it is an issue on which busi...
Geoengineering:   Is heart surgery better than a good diet?

Bite“Is heart surgery preferable to a good diet? Of course not. Let’s go for the good diet.”—Bill Gates, on geoengineering.
Bite1.4 F of warming so far has led to 40% less Arctic ice mass, Western wildfires that now consume 6x more forest, more frequent big hurricanes and insurance companies quitting many coastal areas. To imagine 11 degrees of warming, multiply by 8.
MLK:  Genuine leaders don't search for consensus, they mold it.

Bite"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."—Martin Luther King.
How are jets, transistors, computers, internet, GPS alike?

Category:Clean Energy
Bite"What do jet engines, computers, transistors, the internet, and the Global Positioning System (GPS) have in common? They all owe their existence to early stage investment by the U.S. government."
It's not conservative to waste stuff, then send our kids to fight for it.

Bite"It's not conservative to waste stuff," Inglis says, "and to cause somebody else's kids to go on the sands of the Middle East to fight for that stuff that we're wasting."
CO2 in atmosphere is like water in bathtub (Var. 2)

BiteThe concentration of carbon dioxide in the air is like the water level in a bathtub. If water pours in faster than it drains out, the level keeps rising.

Currently we 'pour' about twice as much CO2 into the atmosphere than is "drained out" by natural processes (absorbed by oceans, pla...
Efficiency = getting what you paid for

BiteEfficiency is simply "getting what you paid for." When you buy a light bulb, you pay for light; not waste heat.

Variation: Efficiency is simply "getting more work out of less energy."
Science denial occurs when a group feels threatened.

BiteScience denial and politicization occurs whenever some influential group sees a new discovery as threatening to their worldview, values, status or income. Not unique to climate science, this has been going on for centuries.
AGW, like obesity, is an unexpected consequence of prosperity

Category:Human Causality
BiteGlobal warming, like obesity, is an unanticipated consequence of prosperity.
Kennedy re oceans:  "Our very survival may hinge on it."

Bite"Knowledge of the oceans is more than a matter of curiosity. Our very survival may hinge upon it.” President John F. Kennedy, Jr., March 1961 message to Congress.
Oil subsidies:   Like paying your kids to pee on toilet  seat?

Bite"Imagine if I was scolding my kids not to pee on the toilet seat while paying them per-dribble. I'm just saying."—David Roberts, Grist.
US:  The Saudi Arabia of wasted energy.   A vast untapped resource.

BiteThe U.S. is sitting on a vast, untapped reserve of cheap, clean energy: the energy lost every day to leakage, outdated infrastructure and old habits. We are the Saudi Arabia of wasted energy.
We'll see it, our kids will live it, our grandkids' lives will be defined by it.

Bite"We will see it, our kids will live it, and there's a question of whether our grandkids will make it through or not."
'You can't wake a person who's pretending to sleep.'

Bite'You can't wake a person who is pretending to sleep'—Oromo saying, Ethiopia
'Weather Gone Wild'

Category:Extreme Weather
BiteWeather gone wild. "It's been a crazy two years. WIth droughts, and floods, and tornadoes and heat waves."
Why urgent? There's no stop button.   There's no emergency brake.

BiteThere’s no “STOP” button. There’s no emergency brake. Think of our climate system as an enormous tanker with a world’s worth of momentum behind it. Once it gets going, it can’t turn around on a dime.
Like quitting your job and playing the lottery to pay the bills.

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"The odds that natural variability created these [recent weather] extremes are minuscule... To count on those odds would be like quitting your job and playing the lottery every morning to pay the bills."—Dr. James Hansen, NASA
Political will is a renewable resource.

Bite"We have everything we need to face this urgent challenge. All it takes is political will. And in our democracy, political will is a renewable resource.”—Al Gore
'If we lose this, then all the other issues won't matter"

BiteMartin Luther King “would say that we need to come together because this is our planet, and if we lose this, then all the other issues won’t matter.”—Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President of HipHop Caucus
BiteAbe Lincoln created the National Science Academy, and U.S. Presidents have relied on NSA for advice ever since.
BiteWhy is climate action so important? Because there is no 'Planet B.'
It's an emergency happening in slow-motion

BiteClimate change is an emergency happening in slow-motion. (Variations: A slo-mo train wreck or catastrophe.)
Burning coal is like dumping garbage on your neighbor's lawn

BiteCoal seems cheap only if you ignore the social costs.
Forecasts vary:  from "pretty awful" to "unspeakably horrible"

BiteYes, the models disagree. Their range of disagreement in their estimation of climate futures is between pretty awful and unspeakably horrible. None estimates a pleasant future.
Stuffing ourselves senseless & leaving the tab

BiteMy generation were diners stuffing ourselves senseless at the Restaurant of the Earth's Riches knowing—while denying—that we'd be doing a runner and leaving our grandchildren a tab that can never be paid.
Science conspiracy exposed by plucky band of billionaires !

Category:Who to Believe?
BitePlot idea: 97% of the world’s scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires & oil companies!