Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Democrat defends science

Nice response, huh? That's Rep. Edward J. Markey (D - MA). Why can't I have a Congressman like that?

Oh, yeah. I live in Nebraska.

Unfortunately, the reason he had to give that brief statement is rather depressing. Here's PZ Myers:
Lately, I've completely given up on giving any credit to the Rethuglican party at all — where once I could have grudgingly admitted that perhaps some conservative policies were sensible, the current party is no longer conservative, but simply insane. As an example, I give you The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, a Republican-sponsored, Republican-promoted exercise in outright science denial blessed by Koch Industries.
To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas due to concerns regarding possible climate change, and for other purposes.

It simply blatantly redefines "pollutant" to exclude carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur hexafluoride, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and any other substance that science might discover contributes to climate change, and says the EPA cannot regulate them. As you might guess, the oil and coal companies, as well as agribusiness, are drooling over the prospect of gutting the EPA.

The hearings on this bill have been a series of scientists testifying to the lunacy of it all, with Rethuglican ignoramuses responding with canards and stupidities.

And yes, one of those Rethuglican ignoramuses was a Nebraskan - not my own representative, but still, to my intense embarrassment, from this state.

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