Animals across the world are fleeing global warming by heading north much faster than they were less than a decade ago, a new study says. About 2,000 species examined are moving away from the equator at an average rate of more than 15 feet per day, about a mile per year, according to new research published Thursday in the journal Science which analyzed previous studies. Species are also moving up mountains to escape the heat, but more slowly, averaging about 4 feet a year.
Fascinating story. What should we conclude? Maybe that animals, who apparently do recognize global warming, are smarter than Republicans.
Animals have more sense than Republicans.
“Approximately 80 percent of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation. So let’s not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards for man-made sources.”
—Ronald Reagan, quoted in Sierra, September 10, 1980
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The U.S. Geological Survey has told me that the proven potential for oil in Alaska alone is greater than the proven reserves in Saudi Arabia.”
—Ronald Reagan, quoted in the Detroit Free Press, March 23, 1980. (According to the USGS, the Saudi reserves of 165.5 billion barrels are 17 times the proven reserves—9.2 billion barrels—in Alaska.)
“Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?”
—Ronald Reagan, campaign speech, 1980
“Trains are not any more energy efficient than the average automobile, with both getting about 48 passenger miles to the gallon.”
—Ronald Reagan, quoted in the Chicago Tribune, May 10, 1980. (The U.S. Department of Transportation calculates that a 14-car train traveling at 80 miles per hour gets 400 passenger miles to the gallon. A 1980 auto carrying an average of 2.2 people gets 42.6 passenger miles to the gallon.)