Thursday, January 22, 2015

GOP Denial and President Obama's Climate Legacy

Republicans continue to resist the veracity of anthropogenic climate change despite an endless stream of scientific warnings. The GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address was given by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and she did not mention climate change once. The only time she mentioned the environment was in the context of her party's support for the Keystone XL.

The Republican message did not respond to the President's address and Ernst laced her speech with a number of dishonest comments. "Even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his," she said.

Ernst's comment is a blatant lie. Throughout most of the Obama Presidency Republicans have had no interest in serious debate, they showed no signs of compromise and have laid down a solid track record demonstrating their vociferous resistance to working with the Democrats.

Ernst declared that as a child she was, "raised to live simply, not to waste." However, it is hard to reconcile this statement with Republican resistance to efforts curb Wall street excesses or engage a low carbon economy.

Even the fact that Obama has made the US the world's largest producer of oil and gas did not earn him favor or foster a spirit of bipartisanship.

The GOP have opposed him from the beginning. His reliance on science to drive policy initiatives on issues like climate change have only emboldened their obstructionism.

In his remaining two years in office, President Obama has no other recourse than to use his executive powers, even though he has used such powers sparingly.

So when the President vetoes a piece of Republican legislation or signs an executive order, understand that this is the only sane response to an anti-science, anti-reason, anti-compromise Republican party.

You cannot expect much from a Republican party with climate denying Senators like Jim Inhofe (R-OK) who continue to say that human-caused climate change is not real. "Man cannot change climate," Inhofe said recently. "The hoax is that there are some people that are so arrogant to think that they are so powerful that they can change climate."

The President is doing what he can to combat climate change, he has laid a foundation that future presidents will have to grapple with. History will record that the Republican party stood in the way.

The GOP will succeed in ensuring that the President will not be able to pass legislation, particularly climate legislation.

The President may be a lame duck, but history will record that the GOP is simply lame.

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