Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Republican Venality Dooms Charmed Planet

From Mother Jones, "Audio: What the Republican Ascendancy Means for Global Warming:"
"Of all the Republicans newly elected to the U.S. Senate last week, only one has openly accepted the science behind anthropogenic climate change (Senator-elect Mark Kirk, of Illinois). As much as half of the new Republican majority in the House has either outright denied the existence of climate change or questioned whether the warming of the planet is caused by humans."
It astonishes me how politicians, for the pettiest short-term gain, can flout logic. We could have made lemonade from these global warming lemons: lots of well-paid, domestic, union jobs creating efficiency and clean, sustainable energy, and products we could have exported around the world. We could have left a cleaner, healthier planet for our descendants.

But, alas, no. Republicans prefer dirty, toxic, self-enriching, status quo coal. Oh, and nukes. All those big campaign contributions and overpaid, revolving-door lobbying jobs trump the planet's future every time a Republican makes such a calculation.

Eat, drink, and be merry...

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