Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Hot Air, Gases, and You

You may have noticed the following story making the rounds today:

“The National Academy of Sciences and 10 similar organizations from some of the world's most powerful nations released a statement Tuesday calling for a stronger international response to global warming, arguing there is now more than enough evidence of a changing climate to justify taking immediate action.The unprecedented joint statement, politically timed to coincide with British Prime Minister Tony Blair's visit with President Bush in Washington, called on developed nations to "acknowledge that the threat of climate change is clear and increasing."

The statement was signed by National Academy of Sciences President Bruce Alberts as well as the heads of science organizations from Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan and Russia. That includes science academies from the Group of 8 industrial nations, as well as from the three largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the developing world.”

At the same time, the N.Y. Times has revealed documents that show that the chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a former lobbyist at the American Petroleum Institute, regularly edited government climate reports so that they would play down the link between global warming and greenhouse gases.

Under this kind of duress, even Bush can’t trot out the usual cant about how a) there’s no such thing, b) if there is, it’s a natural form of climate change, or c) if it gets too hot, Jebus will save us.

It must be tough to have to come down out of the faith-based cloud cuckoo land where God gave Adam and Eve the Earth to abuse and pillage as they saw fit without a thought for tomorrow, as The Rapture will no doubt have happened by then. Want to know just how funny Global Warming is? When Rush Limbaugh posts one of his informed salvos against the “environmentalist whackos,” he usually illustrates it with a picture of himself spraying a globe with an aerosol spray can.

Because scientists are stupid. You know, evolution, gravity, all that crap. Isn’t he funny?


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