Climate Change Deniers on a Roll

The incoming House Energy chairman is a “work in progress” on global warming, Congress.org reports.

Michigan Rep. Fred Upton once described it as “a serious problem that necessitates serious solutions” but he took that statement off his website and now says that he is “not convinced” that “carbon is a problem in need of regulation.” For starters, this puts him firmly on the side of blocking EPA regulation of greenhouse gases.

Congress.org: “Even acknowledging global warming as a problem can be a liability now that GOP congressional ranks have been swelled by the election of tea-party-backed lawmakers highly skeptical of the science underpinning efforts to control climate change.”



34 thoughts on “Climate Change Deniers on a Roll

  1. I’m waiting till tomorrow to do a post on the “ruling days”, which is a custom the older people still cling to in the knobs--i.e. that weather patterns on the twelve days beginning on Dec. 26 predict the next year’s weather. Tomorrow, Old Christmas (aka the Feast of the Epiphany) “rules” December. I’ve got to say, I’ve been keeping up with the weather for Mom this season, and there’s been some almightily strange stuff going on. Just sayin’--

  2. A thread dedicated to c’bob :) but about a bunch of self-serving cowards }: .
    Climate change is real. However, if they don’t want to own up to at least a portion of it being man-made, couldn’t they at least agree that it’s not good to inject our environment with toxins?
    Even their real constituents, the ones who line the pockets of their campaign pants, have to breathe air and drink water. The DC bubble is only a convenient illusion.
    While they harp about grandchildren paying the price for our financial excesses, they ignore the fact that those hypothetical grandchildren won’t have a clean, healthy environment in which to live.
    Remember how dirty the air was in the 70s? Remember all of the litter on the side of the roads?
    How much do these fools have to be paid to care???
    ps -- More dead birds; this time, in Sweden.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110105/ap_on_re_eu/eu_sweden_dead_birds

  3. Fair -- My great-grandma said a sign of the end would be when there were lights as far as the eye can see & the seasons changed. She would probably think we were already there.
    I love the way politicians can conveniently think there are no connections bewteen one thing and another unless it suits them.

    What toxin, virus or whatever is killing the birds?
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2011/01/dead_birds_dead_fish_turn_up_a.html

    This might be a sign of the end, though.
    “U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann…has “not ruled out” a bid for president.”
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/05/AR2011010502145.html

    And this says we’ve done passed the mark
    “…the outpouring of praise for the killer of Salman Taseer, the former governor of Punjab who was slain by his own security detail in Islamabad on Tuesday, reflects deep support for religious intolerance…”
    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2011/0105/What-Salman-Taseer-s-assassination-could-mean-for-Pakistan

  4. perhaps the dems should take a drama lesson from the can’ts…bring in the children to session and shame the can’t for ruining their future. That is what the can’ts did with the deficit. Dragging in the innocents for future shock. No one will care about the deficit when there is no food, infestations, flooding and the like. We can only soil our nest for so long and the uber-wealthy are already making plans to leave for Mars. : )

  5. anyone know more on john parsons wheeler iii who was the retired pentagon official found dead in the dump? was he at all involved during his reagan and hwbush aide days with contra scandal?

  6. Wonder what the politicians in Australia think about climate change?
    Did Pelosi’s watch really mean they showed up for work early & often, as promised?

  7. dupe post gone now, Blue, no prob. if any chance you hit Submit button twice, that happens. kind of a mystery but our best guess is that you’ll get a hang, maybe even an error msg when several commenters are submitting at same time. usually your post goes through, so refresh page and check before hitting submit button again

  8. wonder if the new sackcloth and ashes austerity the gopers are proclaiming for the house and their upcoming vote to cut congressional office spending by 5 percent includes any personal sacrifices for the sake of country and deficit…. like their benefits, free franking, weekly trips home at taxpayer expense, full salaries for 3 day work weeks, etc etc etc

  9. “No one will care about the deficit when there is no food, infestations, flooding and the like.”
    BlondeW…. that’s exactly the point of CBob’s posts on what’s happening with the weather around the world.
    and re: the previous thread…. I just finished reading an excellent book on Siberian Tigers entitled “The Tiger : A True Story of Vengeance and Survival” by John Vaillant.
    It’s on everyone’s list of best non-fiction of 2010. It takes place in the far Eastern region of Russia. I highly recommend it.
    And friends and I used to frequent a Sambo’s late at night in Leominster, Massachusetts. They did have excellent pancakes…. especially at 2am when one was stoned.

  10. Caught this guy on Parker Spitzer
    Bjorn Lomborg
    http://www.lomborg.com/
    You might not be able to get your Republican acquaintances to consider current government actions on Climate Change, but you might get them to read him and what he considers “practical actions” that can be done immediately that might have more effect while waiting on the long term solutions.
    At least it is someplace to start with the deniers.

  11. Just heard that the Republicans are going to read an “edited” version of the Constitution. Are they leaving out the parts they don’t like?

  12. I always felt the republicans were never part of the natural world…their rejection of evolution, viewing fellow animal inhabitants as ‘beasts of burden, rejection of science…they seem to live in a plastic, unnatural world run by false science and faith in the Almighty (dollar).

  13. Bob, of course when something is almost something, it’s not. Like, the car was almost fast enough to beat the train across the tracks…
    What kind of a stupid party denies that increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere don’t contribute to the greenhouse effect that is driven primarily by CO2? Oh, wait, I know the answer to this one.
    Jamie, I bet they edit out those parts Scalia doesn’t like -- you know, Amendments 1, forward. Oh, and the Commerce Clause.

  14. With the die off in avians and the deaths in the apiaries, how are Can’ts going to explain the birds and bees?

  15. “The new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, promised a new era of transparency in lawmaking on Wednesday, but he also pledged to aggressively push forward the conservative agenda that swept his party into power.
    *******
    “In the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, offered an olive branch to Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader, saying: “Senator Reid and I get along just fine. I expect it’ll stay that way, and I look forward to working together again.”
    “But he also warned Democratic senators against changing the chamber’s rules to make it harder to mount a filibuster.
    “This is precisely the kind of approach a supermajority standard is meant to prevent,” he said. “It exists to preserve the Senate’s role as the one place where the voices of all the people will, in the end, be heard.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/06/us/politics/06cong.html?hp
    Apparently McConnell didn’t get that transparency memo considering that they oppose ANY transparency in the filibuster process. Secret holds, no need to explain why they oppose the legislation they are filibustering…. I’m really trying hard to figure out what voices are being heard -- and by whom.

  16. The big advantage the GW deniers have are the opposition yellers who are in need of over the top disaster fears to drive their fund raising.
    Then their fundraising promotions are taken up by the fearful and become even more streched. Providing the deniers real life strawmen that they can point to and tear apart while ignoring real issues.
    It is a common story in current American politics nothing can get done because the extremes are in control of the debate.
    For much of the current weather patterns one might try looking at the el nino/la nina cycle in the Pacific.
    Or just run around yelling in fear.
    Jack

  17. BEIJING: Torrential icy rain across five provinces in southern China has forced 58,000 people to evacuate from their damaged homes, causing economic losses of $203.8 million, the ministry of civil affairs said on Wednesday.
    Freezing rain has pummeled the provinces of Jiangxi, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou in the past few days, killing one person and causing more than 1,200 houses to collapse, the ministry added.
    Read more: Icy rains force 58,000 to evacuate in southern China -- The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/Icy-rains-force-58000-to-evacuate-in-southern-China/articleshow/7221056.cms#ixzz1ABzYny7U

  18. Pogo
    If he does then he is not being very honest with his posts.
    I’m not even sure he knows the difference between climate and weather so who knows.
    Jack

  19. Pogo -
    A warmer ocean will energize them more , drive them to the ends of their respective extremes.
    As for weather and climate ………….. Global warming is the weather smoking crack.

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