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Monday, June 29, 2009

Betraying the planet

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 6:19 AM

Paul Krugman blasts those (Berry, Ross, Boozman, for example) who voted last week against the climate change bill. He's particularly scornful of those who claim fears of climate change are a hoax.

Indeed, if there was a defining moment in Friday’s debate, it was the declaration by Representative Paul Broun of Georgia that climate change is nothing but a “hoax” that has been “perpetrated out of the scientific community.” I’d call this a crazy conspiracy theory, but doing so would actually be unfair to crazy conspiracy theorists. After all, to believe that global warming is a hoax you have to believe in a vast cabal consisting of thousands of scientists — a cabal so powerful that it has managed to create false records on everything from global temperatures to Arctic sea ice.

Yet Mr. Broun’s declaration was met with applause.

Given this contempt for hard science, I’m almost reluctant to mention the deniers’ dishonesty on matters economic. But in addition to rejecting climate science, the opponents of the climate bill made a point of misrepresenting the results of studies of the bill’s economic impact, which all suggest that the cost will be relatively low.

Speaking of screwing the planet, check this report on Louisiana marshlands, the Mississippi River, etc.

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