As for me, I'm spending the holidays plowing through the Lemony Snicket cycle.
Slashdot Asks: Whom Do You Want To Ask About 2012's U.S. Elections?
Regardless of outcome, a fucking grief counselor.
The fact that the "Global Warming" (oh sorry, now it's "Climate Change" since Al Gore's P.R. folks sat around and came up with that as a more palatable term to use instead when speaking in public) crowd wants to call everyone else a "denialist" shows the amount of polarization on this topic.
Wow, you really are an uninformed asshole aren't you: Origin of popular usage of "climate change" instead of "global warming".
That's what politics is all about!
Given the number of true believers here (people I equate with the deniers on the skeptic side), I am wondering how long this post, all of which is factual and can be confirmed with relative ease, will be modded "troll". Seems to happen to all posts that are in any way skeptical.
One thing that could have been confirmed with relative ease is the name of the person who led the study — MullEr, not MullAr. Although given your description of him as part of the "mainstream side", maybe you are talking about a completely different person. Unless by "mainstream" you meant a scientist who goes where the facts lead him instead of his politics.
How does your list of ecological atrocities compare to that for the extraction of fossil fuels? Unless it is wildly out of balance (and it's not), the net gain comes from not injecting X amount of mega-million-years-old sequestered carbon per joule created into the atmosphere.
The only thing you can say in favor of Obama here is that he was no worse than Bush would have been.
Moot point, since Bush's terms were over. Now, if can you say that he was no worse than a hypothetical McCain administration...
Although to be fair, I am fairly certain that McCain also would have withdrawn our troops from Iraq. I'm just not completely sure that his withdrawal would not have been across the border with Iran.