BLM denies climate crisis with strange Viking argument

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As millions march around the world demanding urgent climate action, the Trump administration refuses to even acknowledge the rapidly growing problem threatening civilization and ecosystems around the world. Buried in an assessment on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Bureau of Land Management snuck in this paragraph: "The BLM does not agree that the proposed development is inconsistent with maintaining a livable planet (i.e., there is not a climate crisis). The planet was much warmer within the past 1,000 years, prior to the Little Ice Age, based on extensive archaeological evidence (such as farming in Greenland and vineyards in England). This warmth did not make the planet unlivable; rather, it was a time when societies prospered.” Regardless of whether the presence of Norse farmers in Greenland and grapes in England prove anything (it doesn’t), the industry-friendly stance goes against the crystal-clear and data-driven predictions by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—as well as climate research by our own federal scientists. Sure, societies may have flourished in times of warmth in the distant past, but the BLM fails to mention that the archaeological record they reference shows these to be anomalies that didn't happen at the global scale, unlike the unprecedented and precipitous pace of carbon-fueled warming already harming societies in Greenland. . . and England . . . and Guatemala . . . and Bangladesh. . . and the United States . . .and . . .

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