California gets religion (in the form of global warming impact)

Rising ocean, hotter days, more fires already plaguing Golden State, report says

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Noted rape science expert and environmental thought leader Steve King, a Republican congressman from Iowa, thinks all this talk of global warming is a form of mass psychosis and brainwashing, a cult of belief with no basis in fact.

Except he used different words at a political event in his home state, according to the Messenger News.

Discussing efforts to fight global warming, King said, "It is not proven, it's not science. It's more of a religion than a science."

This would be news to the 97% or so climate scientists who not only know global warming is real, but say it is very likely due to human activities. Perhaps these scientists should revise their LinkedIn profiles to reflect the obvious fact that they are leaders of a religion. They certainly do not fool Steve King, global warming debunker.

It also would be news to most residents of California, who already are suffering the effects of global warming, according to a new study by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Climate change is "an immediate and growing threat" affecting the state's water supplies, farm industry, forests, wildlife and public health, the San Jose Mercury News quotes the 258-page report compiled by 51 scientists:

"Climate change is not just some abstract scientific debate," said California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez. "It's real, and it's already here."

In a poll last month by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, 63 percent of the state's residents said the effects of global warming are already being felt, while 22 percent said they will happen in the future. Eleven percent said they will never happen.

Since 1950, the report found, the three worst forest fire years in California -- measured by acres burned -- all have occurred in the past decade: 2003, 2007 and 2008. And the average number of acres scorched every year since 2000 is almost double the average of the previous 50 years -- 598,000 acres annually now, compared with 264,000 acres a year then.

In addition, the scientists found that:

* Annual average temperatures in California are up 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895, with summer heat waves increasing in length and intensity.

* Over the past century, measured sea level at the Golden Gate rose eight inches due to glacial melt, putting areas at low sea level at higher risk of flooding.

It seems Californians are getting "religion," whether they like it or not.

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