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February 10, 2011

Record Low Arctic Ice Won't Faze Deniers

The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center reported yesterday that Arctic sea ice was at its lowest January level ever since satellite records started. This news emerged while climate deniers in the House of Representatives were doing their best to grill EPA head Lisa Jackson. Click here to see the evidence for yourself: "Normally frozen over by late November, these areas did not completely freeze until mid-January 2011. The Labrador Sea was also unusually ice-free."

Great timing, because here's Rep. Fred Upton, the new head of the House's energy committee and a one-time supporter of climate legislation, in an eye-rolling exchange with journalist Ron Brownstein. You don't need a rocket science education to trace Upton's answers back to the Koch Brothers' climate-denying machine (which I hear is well oiled with Benjamin's).

 

It's unclear what it'll take for folks in Congress like Upton to admit the link between carbon and climate. As if we need another reminder, here's a look at the rising amount of carbon we've spewed into the air:

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 (Image via NOAA.)

-- Brian Foley

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