Raleigh Meteorologist Tired of Politics of Climate Change

By Kevin Eck 

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WRAL meteorologist Greg Fishel says he’s all done with agendas regarding climate change.

The former Republican wrote a commentary on the station’s website saying he was once skeptical of man’s contribution to the warming climate until he did some actual research and saw that politics and ideology are obscuring the science.

“We live in a country now where we embrace division for the sake of division,” writes Fishel. “Oh, we disguise it as loyalty to principles and to God, but I suggest to you that this is unadulterated bunk. It’s about winning and being right as opposed to doing what’s best for the country and the world.”

We have known for almost 200 years what gases make up our atmosphere, and what the radiative properties of those gases are. We know for a fact that the pre-industrial revolution levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are the difference between life and death on this planet. In other words, without the natural levels of these gases, the earth would be an iceball and uninhabitable. That is fact, not conjecture.

We know for a fact that the earth’s temperature is rising, and that it’s not the sun. If it were the sun, the entire atmosphere would be warming, but it’s not. The troposphere, where most of the weather occurs, is warming up, and the stratosphere is cooling. This is all part of the radiative adjustments that are taking place because of what man is doing to the composition of our atmosphere.

Satellites confirm that the amount of long-wave radiation leaving the earth is decreasing and is emanating from a higher and higher altitude. Again, the exact response one would expect from human forces.

He adds that admitting the science behind climate change may be uncomfortable for some, but embracing that leads to change.

For those of you who are ardent skeptics, it’s going to be uncomfortable. I know, I have gone through the entire process. But in my mind, I didn’t make a mistake, I simply grew as a human being. There aren’t too many experiences in life that can top that.

Click here to read his piece.

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