Non-sequisantorum

The following are statements from Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum, juxtaposed with images of the scientific evidence. See how long you can keep your brain from hemorrhaging. These statements were made at the Colorado Energy Summit on Monday, Feb. 6.

Polluted water near Dakshinkali Temple.“We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth’s benefit.

“We are the intelligent beings that know how to manage things and through the course of science and discovery if we can be better stewards of this environment, then we should not let the vagaries of nature destroy what we have helped create.” (Rick Santorum)

 

 

 

Total heat content of oceans, ice, atmosphere, and land. Overlaid is the change in atmospheric CO2 levels during the same time period.

“I for one never bought the hoax. I for one understand just from science that there are one hundred factors that influence the climate. To suggest that one minor factor of which man’s contribution is a minor factor in the minor factor is the determining ingredient in the sauce that affects the entire global warming and cooling is just absurd on its face. And yet we have politicians running to the ramparts — unfortunately politicians who happen to be running for the Republican nomination for president — who bought into man-made global warming and bought into cap and trade.” (Rick Santorum)

 

Quotes from Rick Santorum are from [1]. The photo of polluted water is from [2]. The data for the total change in Earth’s heat content since 1961 is from [3], and the CO2 data (which I overlaid on the heat content plot) is from [4].

[1] http://www.realaspen.com/article/1039/On-the-campaign-trail-Santorum-calls-climate-change-a-hoax-Gingrich-a-self-described-amateur-paleontologist

[2] http://www.flickr.com/photos/ankraut/538294558/sizes/m/in/photostream/

[3] http://www.forbes.com/sites/petergleick/2012/02/05/global-warming-has-stopped-how-to-fool-people-using-cherry-picked-climate-data/2/, with original data from http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2011/2011GL048794.shtml

[4] ftp://ftp.cmdl.noaa.gov/ccg/co2/trends/co2_annmean_mlo.txt

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