Let's not worry about global warming now. We'll find technological solutions later on. Besides global warming might mean we can grow citrus in North Dakota."But were there large numbers of politicians two or three years ago who were so loudly denying the fact that the earth's climate has been getting warmer? Now I read that the recent snows in the US are giving the "other side" of the global warming debate ammunition. Not the other side as in "greed is good, let's not regulate industry" but the other side as in "there's a big snow storm so I guess there's no such thing as global warming." According to a piece in the NY Times,
Skeptics of global warming are using the record-setting snows to mock those who warn of dangerous human-driven climate change — this looks more like global cooling, they taunt.... As an illustration of their point of view, the family of Senator James M. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, a leading climate skeptic in Congress, built a six-foot-tall igloo on Capitol Hill and put a cardboard sign on top that read “Al Gore’s New Home.”In Virginia, a state where the Republicans tend to be even dumberer than elsewhere,
As the first blizzard howled last weekend, the Virginia Republican Party put up an advertisement on the Web — titled “12 Inches of Global Warming” — criticizing two Virginia Democrats, Representatives Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello, who voted for the federal cap-and-trade legislation last year. The advertisement urges voters to call Mr. Boucher and Mr. Perriello to ask if they will help with the shoveling.Excuse me if I sound like my 14 year old, but WTF? 85% of Americans think that global warming is "probably happening" and 88% think it threatens future generations. And politicians are now in serious debate on the same "two sides" they were decades ago. Which part of climate vs. weather is lost on these people. Weather: a daily event. Climate: long term trend. American politics: dumber and dumberer.