Thursday, June 09, 2005


After recent revelations that the Bush administration censored the science on global climate change, Bush is finding it harder and harder to simply ignore the issue (especially when Tony Blair wants to press it at the G-8 meeting).

I'm not sure this is especially newsworthy, other than for the emergence of more hard evidence:

After all, wasn't the administration's white wash of global warming in the 2002 US Climate Action Report one of the indignities that led EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman to resign?

So when Tony Blair came over to play on Tuesday, Bush could no longer ignore the issue:

" In terms of climate change, I've always said it's a serious long-term issue that needs to be dealt with. And my administration isn't waiting around to deal with the issue, we're acting. I don't know if you're aware of this, but we lead the world when it comes to dollars spent, millions of dollars spent on research about climate change. We want to know more about it. It's easier to solve a problem when you know a lot about it. And if you look at the statistics, you'll find the United States has taken the lead on this research."

To summarize, the Bush administration doesn't want to do anything about global warming until we know more about global warming, yet the United States is already leading the world in knowing about global warming. So, putting aside for a moment that the Bush administration has buried, stymied, and ignored important research into global warming (for example the National Academy of Sciences report that begins,"Greenhouse gases are accumulating in Earth's atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise. Temperatures are, in fact, rising."), more research on global warming is needed before we can decide what to do about it.

And yet, in the next breath, Bush seems not only to know the cause of global warming (carbon dioxide waste from burning fossil fuels), but he already has a solution to the problem to pursue:

"I don't see how you can be -- diversify away from hydrocarbons unless you use clean nuke."

Despite the obvious logical inconsistencies (nobody ever claimed Bush a logician), the solution presented is refreshingly Bushian. How will we fight the threat of global warming?

Let's nuke 'em!


At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Warming will also cause reductions in mountain glaciers" is "straying far from research". Because
it would be outrageous to just, you know, assume that you get less ice at warmer temperatures.

We are so screwed. Does this guy have kids? Grandchildren? Pathetic. Of course, in Bush's case
I can see why Jenna and NotJenna's future doesn't give any evidence that it will be worth giving a shit about.

--- a different chris


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