Burn in Hell Pruitt, Not Here On Earth

Jeebus:

“We know that humans have most flourished during times of what? Warming trends. So I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming that that necessarily is a bad thing.”

“Do we really know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100, in the year 2018? That’s fairly arrogant for us to think that we know exactly what it should be in 2100.”

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9 Responses to Burn in Hell Pruitt, Not Here On Earth

  1. tengrain says:

    — From Scissorhead BruceDesertRat.

    (I think I fixed it, BDR. Lemme know if I got it right. — TG)

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  2. MDavis says:

    humans
    flourished
    warming trends
    assumptions
    fairly arrogant

    While not exhaustive, here is a list of words and phrases that we now know Pruitt does not understand do not mean what he thinks they mean.

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  3. Jim says:

    Scissorheads already know the utter moral depravity and cynicism of someone like Pruitt as well, of course, his boss. We can’t do much except vote to take over Congress in 2018, try to earmark appropriations for the environment and climate change and then vote Trump out in 2020, He’s never going to be impeached and convicted, although there’s a slim chance he could be forced to resign (like Nixon was).

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  4. RWW says:

    A capitalist utopia is occurring as we speak on the very hot planet Venus. I suggest Prutit, Koch, Mercer, DeVoss, etc hasten their way on to utopia and leave the rest of us alone. I hear Elon Musk builds nice rockets these days.

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  5. ming says:

    It’s not just about temperature, it’s about the carbon cycle in the atmosphere and water you moron. For those who don’t know, the interchange of carbon between the atmosphere and water controls the pH of all natural water. Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) plus water (H2O) forms carbonic acid (H2CO3) which dissociates into bicarbonate (HCO3), and then carbonate (CO3). Acidity in water (i.e. free H+ ions) is buffered near (slightly above) pH of 7 by equilibrium between bicarbonate and carbonate. This reaction accepts or lose a proton (H+) and is the reason that lakes, streams, and oceans maintain neutral pH. Increases in atmospheric CO2 drive the reaction toward the carbonic acid side and decrease pH in water. Given that coral reefs and the shells of mollusks are composed of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), they are attacked and die when the pH decreases. This is the big picture of how carbon in the atmosphere works. Increase the partial pressure of CO2 in the atmosphere, decrease the pH of streams, lakes, and oceans, collapse the habitat at the base of the aquatic food chain. It happened before at the end of the Permian (251 mya) when somewhere between 90 and 96 percent of all species on earth died (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permian%E2%80%93Triassic_extinction_event). The sources of CO2 were different, at least initially, but it was definitely death by CO2. The unfortunate reality is that once this thing gets going, there is a tipping point where increasing temperature causes the release of methane clathrates that are currently sequestered in permafrost and ice into the atmosphere. This is a really big source of carbon. Once the big burp starts, we are well and truly screwed and will take almost everything else with us. We are the mechanism for 6th major extinction on this planet. Fuck Pruitt most of all.

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    • tengrain says:

      I’ll add to it, Ming: pH of the soil also has an impact on crops ability to absorb essential nutrients. While we can artificially change the acidity of the soil (in both directions, I should add), it is not sustainable in the long run. Also/too: if the water cycle goes off kilter acidically, there’s no way to fix the agricultural problem that would ensue.

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      • ming says:

        Yes, however pH in soils is strongly affected by a lot of compounds such as calcium carbonate minerals, nitrogen, humid acids, sulfur compounds, biologically mediated oxidation and reduction reactions, etc. These systems can be overpowered by concentrated sources of acidity (pollution, acid mine drainage, naturally occurring sulfide minerals, etc), but typically have enough buffering capacity so that changes to the acidity of precipitation does not push them one way or the other.

        On a global scale, pH of surface water a function of equilibrium with the partial pressure of atmospheric CO2. There is no other large systematic control. Fuck this up and shit dies, bigly.

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