The poet William Stafford set himself the task of writing a poem a day. When someone asked him what he would do when his poem-of-the-day wasn't very good, he replied "I simply lower my standards." In order to increase output, the bar here is set at a low level - the point of this is to have some fun with current events and politics. I welcome contributions and comments. Now you can also follow Doggerelo on Twitter (@doggerelo). Because of continuing medical problems, I'm no longer able to post a poem-a-day. I'll continue to post poems, but at a reduced frequency, so please stay tuned.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Smearing Climate Scientists

Michael Mann, a Nobel Prize winning climate scientist, describes the efforts of the fossil fuel industries to demonize climate scientists with scientific disinformation and personal attacks. 

A scientist who won the Nobel Prize
Now finds himself the target of attacks
That spread false tales and dirty lies

By people who deny accepted facts
That global warming is occurring now,
Because of CO2 from human acts.

It’s clear some industries will not allow
The scientific truth to come to light -
They’ll punish those who dare to tell us how

We must stop burning coal and make things right
By trapping CO2 that we release
To try to mitigate our dangerous plight.

The peaceful nature of our world will cease
Once the levels of our seas increase.  

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