Salon: Anti-Science Conservatives Must be Stopped

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Salon: Anti-Science Conservatives Must be Stopped





[b]Anti-science conservatives must be stopped
Americans must not allow global warming deniers to block the policies needed to avert catastrophic climate change. Our future is at stake.[/b]
By Joseph Romm


June 30, 2008 | Conservatives put on a spectacular display of scientific ignorance this month in the U.S. Senate. During the debate on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, which would regulate carbon dioxide by setting a cap on emissions and allowing emitters to trade carbon allowances, most Republican senators questioned the reality of human-caused climate change or ignored the climate threat entirely and repeated the talking point that the bill would raise gasoline and electricity prices. It was as if they had been locked in an isolation booth for the past decade. Let's go to the highlights.

# Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.: "The vast majority of scientists do not believe that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are a major contributor to climate change."
# Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.: This bill means "people must turn off air-conditioning in the summer."
# Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.: "This bill will attack citizens at the pump" and "increase job losses."
# Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.: This bill will "leave us less competitive in the world marketplace."
# Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.: This bill "could bankrupt U.S. air carriers."
# Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo.: "Nobody in their right mind" believes we can get half our power from wind and solar or drive a "fleet of golf carts."
# Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo.: "It's unclear as to what the long-range trend is as far as the temperature of the Earth is concerned."


It's an article well-worth reading, though I don't entirely agree with the title as rejecting science is not the sole domain of the right.