Former Irish president Mary Robinson thinks she’s found the ultimate proof to convince skeptics.
Robinson brought a message for climate change deniers in the United States: Follow her to the third world and see the impact of climate change.
Told that all major Republican candidates for U.S. president save one – former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman – say they are not convinced that man-made carbon emissions are changing the climate, Robinson shook her head and said, “That does not do the United States any credit internationally.”
Throw in Mitt Romney (maybe?).
“I wish that some of the deniers from this country would actually go and spend a week in some of the communities that I’m in frequently, where the rains don’t come any more, or there’s prolonged drought and then flash-flooding,” Robinson said. “The climate shocks in poor communities are very, very significant. It does bother me when I hear people who have no perception of that denying that the climate is changing.”
Robinson’s foundation, Climate Justice, takes her to Bangladesh and Liberia, where flooding has killed people and make roads unusable.
To claim that skeptics are ignoring the suffering of those in the third world out of stubborn denial is nothing short of emotional blackmail. Perhaps she could have backed these ridiculous claims with evidence that human carbon dioxide emissions were responsible for some of these climatic events rather than ignoring the role of nature and resorting to such a low blow. And then there is her use of the word “denier” and her ignorance of the fact that climate is dynamic – it is always changing!