Gop Climate Denier To Celebrate Park Service Centennial Amid Melting Glaciers

Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Sen. Steve Daines RMont., a selfproclaimed climate change ldquoskeptic,rdquo is scheduled to visit MontanarsquosnbspGlacier National Parknbspon Thursday in celebration of the National Park Servicersquosnbsp100th birthday. Daines, who would deny that humans are responsible for drastic, welldocumented environmental changesnbspat the park, will be surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks and rapidly melting glaciers. Dainesrsquo office announced his trip in an email advisory Wednesday, saying the senator would join other Instagram users at a park ldquoInstaMeet,rdquo an event that brings park visitors together to ldquomake friends, take photos, and exchange ideas.rdquo The idea that manmade climate change is fueling the retreat of the parkrsquos namesake glaciers, however, is likely not something Daines will be entertaining.nbsp In a 2014 interview with Montana Public Radio, Daines said ldquothe jury is still outrdquo about whether fossil fuels contribute to climate change. He said hersquos seen ldquovery good datardquo suggesting there are other contributing factors, including solar cycles.nbsp ldquoClimate change,rdquo Daines told the radio station, ldquois very real. The climate is always changing, itrsquos either warming or itrsquos cooling. The climate is dynamic, itrsquos not static ... I think the question certainly is what part does manmade climate change factor into this equation, certainly with CO2 and greenhouse gases. And I think therersquos just still reasonable debate here, whether or not it is a significant part of this or not.rdquo That kind of comment makes most climate scientists cringe. Studies suggest that 97 percent or more of scientists who are actively publishing research believe climatewarming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. A visit to Glacier National Park is a frontrow seat to the severity of the problem.nbspIn 1850, there were roughly 150 glaciers in the area. Today, there are just 25, many ldquomere remnants of what they once were,rdquo according to the National Park Service.nbsp ldquoIf the current rate of warming persists, scientists predict the glaciers in Glacier National Park will be completely gone by the year 2030, if not earlier,rdquo the park service writes on its website. In a Facebook Live interview with The Huffington Post this week,nbspBill NyenbspldquoThe Science Guyrdquo said that during a recent trip to Glacier, park rangers told him they expect all the glaciers to be gone in five or six years. ldquoSo it will be Sandy Hillside National Park,rdquo Nye joked. For anyone who runs into Daines on Thursday, ask if hersquos concerned about the park losing the glaciers that have carved its landscape and have drawn more than 100 million visitors. Dainesrsquo office did not respond to The Huffington Postrsquos request for comment Wednesday. In April, Daines was among more than two dozen Republican senators who asked Secretary of State John Kerry to cut funding for the United Statesrsquo involvement in United Nations effort to address climate change. This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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