In the latest case of the right smearing someone for speaking out about climate change, right-wing blogger Matt Drudge posted a photo of Speaker Nancy Pelosi this morning with the caption: "I saw the climate change."
Of course, Speaker Pelosi is actually quoted as saying she "saw firsthand evidence that climate change is a reality" - hardly a controversial statement considering
scientists have noticed that Greenland's output of ice into the North Atlantic had increased dramatically, doubling over the decade that ended in 2005.
Not that Greenland's ice output is the only evidence, either. Scientific American reported last week that
Time may be running out for polar bears as global warming melts the ice beneath their paws.
This is no secret, even to the Bush administration. Last December, the Washington Post reported that the Department of the Interior wanted to list the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
"We've reviewed all the available data that leads us to believe the sea ice the polar bear depends on has been receding," said the Interior official, who added that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have concluded that polar bears could be endangered within 45 years. "Obviously, the sea ice is melting because the temperatures are warmer."
For more evidence, check out New Scientist's round-up of the 26 most common climate myths and misconceptions.
Drudge, as usual, ignores the vast scientific evidence of the threat of man-made global warming, instead choosing to mischaracterize Speaker Pelosi's statement and ridicule her for...being right?
Right-wing blogs immediately picked up the cue and started crafting vapid posts ridiculing the Speaker for something she didn't even say. But, hey, since when has the right let the truth get in the way of a good mudslinging?