“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” – Robert Swan, British polar explorer and environmentalist.
Category:Skepticism/Denial - General
“You can’t change (climate science) facts by ignoring them. This is like trying to lose 20 pounds by smashing your bathroom scale.” — Mike Breen, Executive Director of the Truman National Security Project, and leader of the clean energy campaign, Operation Free.
'For US Department of Defense, climate change is a mission reality, not a political debate.' — Mark Wright, a Pentagon spokesperson.
Category:Science & Uncertainty
"Climate change has taken on political dimensions...That's odd because I don't see people choosing sides over E = mc2 or other fundamental facts of science." — Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, Host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
If 97% of experts say a mushroom is poisonous but 3% say it is safe, would you feed it to your kids?
‘Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad?’ This is what the scientists debate, not it could be fine. Nothing like that.’ – Dr. Justin Wood, climate scientist
"Just because we scientists have Ph.D.'s we should not hang up our citizenship at the door of a public meeting." – Dr. Steve Schneider (1945-2010) climate scientist at Stanford University.
Galileo championed the idea that Earth revolves around the sun, but some of his evidence was later proven wrong. Today, peer review and consensus are how science errors get corrected. "People who say science is not about consensus, do not understand science."
‘The science behind the greenhouse effect was simple enough to have been widely understood by the mid 19th century, when the light bulb and the telephone and the automobile where being invented – and not the atomic bomb or the iPhone or the space shuttle. The greenhouse effect isn’t rock science.’ – Nate Silver, author of The Signal and the Noise, page 376.
“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax by Dr. Suess
“Rep. Cantor, we need you to promise us that you won’t leave office until Congress has solved the climate crisis.” — Elli Sparks, Citizens Climate Lobby group leader for Richmond, VA.
Category:Weather vs. Climate
‘Weather is what you see outside your window, climate is what you see from a satellite.’ – Scott Mandia, Professor of Physical Sciences at Suffolk County Community College, New York.
'Right now it is now a free market. It is a free loading market. The fossil fuel industry is free loading on our health.' — Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of civil & environmental engineering at Stanford University and director of its Atmosphere and Energy Program.
'In a bizarre sense, to deny global warming is to question the ability of the Air Force to put the right sensor on a heat seeking missile.' — Dr. Richard Alley, climate scientist at Penn State.
‘Clean energy and energy efficiency companies are growing faster than any other sector. They are job creators. I cannot emphasize that strongly enough.’ – John Kerry, Secretary of State.
‘Senator, why do you support this Keystone boondoggle of foreign corporations selling dirty crap to China?’ – Van Jones, co-host of “Crossfire” on CNN
"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."
‘The danger is not to the planet but to our civilization on the planet. This is the real challenge of climate change.’ – Adam Frank, writer for National Public Radio.
‘Looking at sea ice and not total ice is like your high school football team winning their game, but your NFL team loses the Super Bowl.’ — Ted Scambos, Glaciologist at University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center.
“We can restore the climate of the 1980s by 2070. It won’t require a miracle or big sacrifices, just the will and policies to do it.” — Peter Fiekowsky, physicist, business owner, and volunteer for Citizens Climate Lobby.
“Climate Change is not just another issue. It is an issue that if left unchecked, will swamp all other issues.” — Ross Gelbspan, writer and activist. He wrote two books on global warming: The Heat Is On (1997) and Boiling Point (2004)
'Climate change: the single biggest thing humans have ever done to this planet. One thing must get bigger: our movement to stop it.' — Bill McKibben, environmental author, activist, and founder of 350.org
'(Taking action on climate change), it's not a matter of being optimistic or pessimistic. It's something that just has to be done.' — Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Category:Earth is Warming
“Only poets can approach this task (describing the threat of climate change) until we come up with the right metaphor.” — Donald A. Brown, Associate Professor, Environmental Ethics, Science, and Law, Penn State University.
'Certain gases trap heat in our atmosphere...Anyone who tells you that's uncertain is either very confused or they're lying.' — Naomi Oreskes, Professor of Science History at the University of Califormia (San Diego)
“Every great scientific truth goes thru three phases: 1st people deny it, 2nd they say it conflicts with the Bible, 3rd they say they knew it all along.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist and science communicator.
‘People ask me: Is there a pause in global warming? My response: paws are for kittens & puppies. Global warming is still increasing.’ - Joshua Willis NASA Climate Scientist
'Yes, the climate changed before. That's called an observation, but a scientist’s role is to explain why it changed before and now. — Peter Hadfield, retired British journalist and creator of popular science YouTube channel Potholer54,
“While fossil-based prices are on a cost curve that goes up, renewable prices are on this march downward,” said Rick Needham, Google Director of Energy and Sustainability.
"My granddaddy used to say , 'if we could sell the wind, we'd be wealthy.' Well, who ever thought we would be selling the wind!' — Tim Alexander, resident of Roscoe, Texas.
'When you focus on just atmospheric heat to measure global warming, it's like tracking the tip of your dog’s tail to determine its location, instead of the body of the dog.' — Greg Laden, biological anthropologist and science communicator.
"If 1 degee melts the Arctic, we're fools to find out what 2 degrees will do." — Bill McKibben, environmental author & founder of 350.org
'Although they were lucrative, fossil fuels are now increasingly risky investments, and the stakes are too high to maintain a stable climate. A carbon-neutral, and eventually carbon-free, economy is not only possible; it has become imperative.' — Logan Yonavjak, Contributor to Forbes Magazine
"(Many) people go straight from denial to despair, without pausing on the intermediate step of actually doing something about (climate change)." — Al Gore
97% of engineers agree bridge ahead will collapse. 3% say not to worry. Would you keep driving?
Our very elaborate infrastructure won't work because it was designed for the climate we had, not the one we are going to have. — Dr. Richard Somerville, Distinguished Professor, Climate Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Category:Science & Uncertainty
Yes, 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.
"the climate changed before so we aren't changing it" is like saying "beavers felled trees before mankind, so lumberjacks cannot exist." — Sebastian Sassi
'(Contrarians) seem “certain” the world’s scientists are wrong, and spewing 90 million tons per day of man-made (CO2) pollution into the atmosphere couldn’t possibly be the problem.' — Al Gore
"Our goal to be supplied 100% by renewable energy is the right goal and marrying up renewables with energy efficiency is especially powerful." — Wal Mart President & CEO Mike Duke
Coal seems cheap only if you ignore the social costs.
"What’s more socialist than American taxpayers subsidizing the fossil industry while they fleece our wallets? Perhaps Exxon should be renamed The People’s Oil Company of America." — Richard Whiteford, Environmental Communications Consultant in Downingtown, Pa.