Republican Climate Change Denial is Blinding Our Ability to Observe the Arctic

From Robertscribbler’s blog. The latest NASA satellite pictures indicate we might have an ice-free Arctic by the end of the summer. So what do the GOP-controlled House and Senate do? they cut funding for NASA’s new satellites to take measurements of the ice.

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Denial.

It’s all-too-often what happens to the powerful when they are confronted with the consequences of their own bad actions. It can best be said that denial is blindness — the willful inability to open one’s eyes to the tough reality of the world. In literature, we can see denial in the tragic sin of hubris and in the metaphor of Oedipus the King gouging his own eyes out as a result of his failure to come to terms with the warnings of prophecy.

In the psychological sense, denial involves the inability to cope with reality such that a person will act in an irrational fashion to the point of generating fantasies that the object of said denial does not exist. Behaviorally, this results in an increasing degradation of a person’s ability to confront or cope with the object of denial — to the point of ardent, irrational, and possibly…

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