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Author Archives: Dan Moutal

This is what the politicization of science looks like

For a while now, those who deny climate change (like the majority of elected Republican officials) have complained that climate science has been politicized and therefore cannot be trusted. The evidence for this has always fallen apart under the most superficial of scrutiny.

The pipeline opponents have to keep on winning forever, while those trying to build them only have to win once

The opponents of the Keystone XL and other pipelines have to keep on winning, forever, while those trying to build pipelines, or similar projects, only have to win once

I said those words 4 years ago, and sadly it looks like I was right:

President Trump signed an executive action today to push forward the Dakota Access pipeline as well as the Keystone XL pipeline.

Fidel Castro


Fidel Castro was the best Dictator the Cubans ever had, But Cubans deserve better than a dictatorship.

It’s never game over


This isn’t a 2ºC or bust fight. It’s a fight to limit consequences. It’s a fight for every 1/10 of a degree. If we fail to hold to 2ºC, we have to fight for 2.1º; failing that, we battle on for 2.2º.

Death of a Ladies’ Man

RIP Leonard Cohen

Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

Words that feel especially poignant right now.

Hockey Stick, XKDC Style

Notice the change at the bottom of the graph? Anyway you look at it that sudden change is alarming.

Earth Temperature Timeline
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—via XKCD

It is worth noting that, nothing presented here is new, but XKCD author Randall Munroe is a master in making complex topics and difficult to grasp issues of scale easily approachable.