Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:18 AM
PoliticalPizza (54 posts)
The Inauguration's Hottest Issue - Literally
The hottest issue to arrive out of the President's Inaugural Address, appropriately
enough ...was Climate Change! This issue was 5 degrees warmer than same-sex
marriage and the Republican response has been full of more hot Co2 than Lance
Armstrong's apology on Oprah Winfrey.
Many Republicans are still doubting whether or not we have a "global warming" issue,
in spite of the fact that bars at Happy Hours in NYC, were giving away shots of free
suntan lotion instead of chicken wings this past summer, and the Island of Manhattan
was nearly lost to a storm like a ship sailing by in the Bermuda Triangle.
As reported in a recent column by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times, the simple facts that the 10 warmest years on record have all fallen within the past 15 years, while today our atmosphere is polluted with almost twice the amount of carbon
dioxide that has been the norm for the previous several thousand years.
But the real danger according to Hal Harvey, the chief executive of Energy
Innovation, is if the Ice Caps continue to melt, the frozen methane that lies
beneath the frozen tundra will release into the atmosphere "the equivalent
of all the carbon dioxide that all humanity has emitted from the start of history
It is not that the Republicans don't believe in Science...they just don't believe in
scientists that don't serve their constituencies.
Most members of Congress are attorneys by trade, so they are used to representing
clients with indefensible positions. And as long as elected officials see their clients
as those that are paying to get them re-elected as opposed to those that are voting
for them...we will continue to get their version of Bill Nye the Science Guy instead
of common sense solutions from Nobel Laureate scientists.
How can we hope to change the climate, when we are not willing to change an
environment in Washington, whereby Republicans always seem to lie about the
facts while the Democrats are busy lying to themselves...
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