Friday, November 14, 2014

Republican Ignorance and the Latest IPCC Report

The Republican's response to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report puts their ignorance and their partisan politics on display. Although this is among the world's most comprehensive reports on climate science it is dismissed by the GOP as "politics".

Listen to what two leading Republicans had to say about the IPCC's conclusion that the Earth is headed towards, “severe, pervasive, and irreversible” climate change impacts:

Lamar Smith of Texas, the chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee said that the UN report is "nothing new...Similar to previous reports, the latest findings appear more political than scientific...People are tired of the re-packaged rhetoric. It’s time to stop fear mongering and focus on an honest dialogue about real options." Smith said it appears that the UN is, "once more attempting to provide cover for costly new regulations and energy rationing."

James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, ridiculed the latest IPCC report saying, "The idea that our advanced industrialized economy would ever have zero carbon emissions is beyond extreme and further proof that the IPCC is nothing more than a front for the environmental left."

Americans should be profoundly skeptical of the contempt Republicans show for climate science. Such an attitude warrants deep concern about their basic competency and justifies allegations of negligence. You cannot hope to craft useful policy without understanding the conclusions of cogent bodies of science.

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