Monday Scrutineering

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James Inhofe, the senior Republican senator from Oklahoma and author of “The Great Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,” has recently become chairman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee. As a result, we can expect his committee, and perhaps the Senate as a whole, to proceed on the basis that human-induced climate change is nothing but a twisted fantasy concocted by misguided intellectuals.

As conspiracy theories go, this one is a dilly. The overwhelming majority of American earth and weather scientists, working in hundreds of private universities and in public universities funded and supervised by all 50 states (red as well as blue), have apparently decided to risk their personal credibility and endanger their careers to tell a complex, well-coordinated lie for no apparent reason. Thousands of other scientists in countries ranging from Australia to Ireland to China, in a remarkable display of cooperation with the U.S., have subjected themselves to similar risks, with a similar lack of possible rewards.

It is hardly surprising that energy companies — whose outsize profits may be reduced once the ongoing damage to the environment is recognized– have for years subscribed to this conspiracy theory, and in some cases funded its proponents. But why do so many Americans believe them? Why do they ignore an overwhelming scientific consensus of the sort that few people question in matters of medical care, electronics design, or factory management? The reason is that the response to climate change affects people’s personal beliefs and lifestyles. It is not simply a political position, like controlling air pollution or saving the blue whale, but an issue that reaches deep inside our patterns of thought and behavior.

@ SALON

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18 Responses to Monday Scrutineering

  1. Den says:

    Toss more stuff overboard, trash up the highways and streets, dump toxic chemicals in the sewers, pump diesel soot out of cars and trucks and passenger jets pumping unburnt fuel directly into the atmosphere at 30000 feet.

    Nothing can go wrong there.

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    • º¿carol says:

      Jill had an eye-opener during her Mexico vacation. On the way home they encountered another airliner close enough to see. She said she was shocked at the black, smokey exhaust coming out of it’s engines, filling up the sky. Something we can’t see down here on the ground. We see the innocent looking white contrails. I reminded her of the video I once posted, showing all the flights going on in this world in real time. Thousands and thousands of planes, imagine all the black stuff bursting out of their engines.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Nation of fools.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    100 more.

    😲

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Just on the short trip to the grocery store I noticed my feet going down and my arms coming back.

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  5. º¿carol says:

    These crazy repukes today, not only does one of them say something startling and ignorant on a daily basis, like gay is a choice. When men go to prison, they come out gay. The legitimate rape thing. Florida retard governor, outlawing the words “climate change” in their government offices.

    Republicans are crossing over into dangerous. I mean, they already ARE dangerous, but they are tampering with big things now. First by inviting the Israeli premier here, and now they wrote a letter to Iran, saying whatever deals are made between them and us now, once Obama is gone they will be rescinded.

    What has to happen here? Does Obama have to call the marshals and arrest congressman and senators? They are out of control and meddling WAY above their pay grade.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    A local farmer keeps sheep. Has a guard llama.

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    Oof!

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    Last 100; there are only a few more.

    😨

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