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October 19, 2016

Some Questions For Senator Pat Toomey (On The Climate And On Donald Trump)

Senator Toomey, I have some questions for you but let's set up our scientific framework first, OK?

This week, from NASA:
September 2016 was the warmest September in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

September 2016's temperature was a razor-thin 0.004 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest September in 2014. The margin is so narrow those two months are in a statistical tie. Last month was 0.91 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean September temperature from 1951-1980.
And also from NASA:
In its Fourth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of 1,300 independent scientific experts from countries all over the world under the auspices of the United Nations, concluded there's a more than 90 percent probability that human activities over the past 50 years have warmed our planet.
In January 2015, you voted for a number of resolutions in the Senate - some that accepted the reality the science of climate change (that it actually happening and that human activity contributes to it).  What you voted against is a resolution that states (and you'll note that this is in actual conflict with the science) that human activity is a significant cause of global warming.

It's like you're trying to have it both ways.  You agree with some of the science but not all of it.  Sorry Senator, but that doesn't absolve you of being a science denier.

So here's a question: Given what NASA (and the rest of the scientific community) has repeatedly said then and now, do you regret your vote?

And now, given how much more of a science denier your party's candidate for president, Donald Trump, is than you are (He says that it's a hoax - something you definitely voted against), I'm wondering if that's enough for you to finally say you won't/can't vote for him.

If his science denial and his "grab them by the pussy" video and his statements about Judge Curiel and his birther past and all his other offensive statements (do I really need to list them for you, Senator?  I can, you know.) aren't enough for you to finally say, "No, I'm definitely not voting for Donald Trump." then what the heck is going to do it for you?

WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW??

Really, I'm asking.

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