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On Climate Change, Republicans Stand Alone

10/28/2010 11:59:16 AM

Tags: climate change, climate science, global warming, election 2010, Republicans, climate change denial, politics, environment, Keith Goetzman

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One of the parties on the ballot on Election Day holds a position that virtually no party in the world’s liberal democracies shares. The Republican Party’s steadfast rejection of climate science makes it a global outlier, an unparalleled bastion of denial, ignorance, and obfuscation on one of the most important issues of the day. 

That’s why Ronald Brownstein, conservative columnist for the National Journal, caused a bit of a stir when he wrote on October 9: 

Virtually all of the serious 2010 GOP challengers have moved beyond opposing cap-and-trade to dismissing the scientific evidence that global warming is even occurring. … It is difficult to identify another major political party in any democracy as thoroughly dismissive of climate science as is the GOP here. Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, says that although other parties may contain pockets of climate skepticism, there is “no party-wide view like this anywhere in the world that I am aware of.”

It will be difficult for the world to move meaningfully against climate disruption if the United States does not. And it will be almost impossible for the U.S. to act if one party not only rejects the most common solution proposed for the problem (cap-and-trade) but repudiates even the idea that there is a problem to be solved. The GOP’s stiffening rejection of climate science sets the stage for much heated argument but little action as the world inexorably warms … .

Brownstein’s candor on this issue yielded reactions of welcome surprise in outlets ranging from Treehugger to Climate Progress to Ross Douthat’s blog at the New York Times. But a strange thing has happened to Brownstein’s column as Election Day approaches: It has disappeared without a trace from the National Journal’s website.

Maybe the writer changed his mind about climate change and pulled it. Maybe a link has simply broken. Maybe a climate-related weather event has disrupted the connection to the server. Or perhaps someone at the National Journal decided it was time to unhost the attention-getting piece, an unwelcome bit of self-criticism at a time when line-toeing and back-patting is in order.

In the meantime, StopGlobalWarming.org has posted a copy of the column, which is perfect for sharing with conservative-leaning friends and family before they vote.

Sources: National Journal, Treehugger, Climate Progress, New York Times, StopGlobalWarming.org 

Image from This Isn’t Happiness. 



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rodeen
11/2/2010 9:47:29 AM
Julia, I appreciate you passion for enviormental issues. I share that passion I just dont buy into global warming. I am not even saying it isnt happening I just dont think the world will implode in 2015. Disease famine and war due to over population are a bigger threat to us than Global Warming. SO as I said I appreciate and share your passion but the two do not have to be connected. You say I must know GW has everything to do.....no I dont know how global warming is tied to a paper company that again tragically polluted that area 30 years ago. No connection.

Julia Jones
11/1/2010 4:46:54 PM
Rodeen: My remarks are very brief due to limited space but you must know that climate change problems include everything wrong with our environment at the present time. I did not mention in the first comment that the polluted air and the smell from paper mills lingers long after the factories are gone. South Arkansas is where I grew up and believe me the damage done was enough to run off even the federal government's facilities there during WW2. The area is totally dead now except for Brown & Root's descendants plus a few other contractors. I have nothing again profits; all I ask is ethical actions and environmental awareness.

rodeen
11/1/2010 4:44:40 PM
Katja, It would be easier for me to illustrate my response to your comment. Close your eyes and picure a middle aged man banging his head against his desk repeat this image 25 times.

rodeen
11/1/2010 4:44:37 PM
Katja, It would be easier for me to illustrate my response to your comment. Close your eyes and picure a middle aged man banging his head against his desk repeat this image 25 times.

Katja
11/1/2010 4:02:54 PM
are you saying that conservatives are not as bright as lefties? the words used in the article above are American-English words that we all have the opportunity to learn in 8th grade English class, or any book from the library for that matter. Global warming may actually be an issue accessible to all people of all education backgrounds if you would only open your mind to the fact that it may actually be an issue. its pretty simple if you give it a chance. and I read with a dictionary too!

CF
11/1/2010 12:14:24 PM
Republicans are the sanest, bravest folks in the world if they "stand alone" rejecting the coercive, sovereignty-stealing, economically-crippling Cap and Trade. Mr. Goertzman, this is a particularly limp-wristed attempt to "Keep Fear Alive", is it the best you can do to try and stop the overthrow of our Overseers? Pphhht. Relax, (maybe get a massage from a true believer) and try and think out of the idealogical cage you have been forced into. Here's hoping the nation helps you along on your enlightenment.

rodeen
11/1/2010 11:39:32 AM
Julia, I fail to see the connection between GW and the tragic water situation??? I think one thing you need to be very aware of is that democtrats like profits to. I would be more interested in the GW movement if The God Father of Green Al Gore had not become a trillionaire. There are also a lot of profits in the Cap and Trade. ERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrr Profit.

Julia Jones
11/1/2010 11:17:45 AM
Climate change cuts into profits and we all know that profits rule. When multinationals and the GOP, perfect bedfellows as they are, finally recognize that there can be no profits if there are no people left on the globe, perhaps they will then see what the rest of the world sees....devastation and destruction of natural resources. At least one county in South Arkansas is beginning to see what polluting the river does over the decades. Paper mills, the area's prime employer, left long ago but the polluted water system is still in place. A long time friend moved back to the area last year and asked me why everyone who stayed on in that town seemed to be dying of brain cancer. The town is also dying....

rodeen
11/1/2010 9:07:40 AM
This story is another good example of how desperate the far left is to propagandize global warming. This guy sticks to the company line by calling names and using big smart words that conservatives cant understand let me quote "an unparalleled bastion of denial, ignorance, and obfuscation on one of the most important issues of the day." This is a dying cause on a vibrant earth. Enjoy the next ten thousand years folks. By the way the following is a link that basically states how outrageous editorials like this have done more to hurt the GW cause than help. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2010/10/30/global-warming-hysteria-how-to-lose-public-support-in-just-four-short-years/

rodeen
11/1/2010 9:07:29 AM
This story is another good example of how desperate the far left is to propagandize global warming. This guy sticks to the company line by calling names and using big smart words that conservatives cant understand let me quote "an unparalleled bastion of denial, ignorance, and obfuscation on one of the most important issues of the day." This is a dying cause on a vibrant earth. Enjoy the next ten thousand years folks. By the way the following is a link that basically states how outrageous editorials like this have done more to hurt the GW cause than help. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2010/10/30/global-warming-hysteria-how-to-lose-public-support-in-just-four-short-years/

rodeen
11/1/2010 9:06:57 AM
This story is another good example of how desperate the far left is to propagandize global warming. This guy sticks to the company line by calling names and using big smart words that conservatives cant understand let me quote "an unparalleled bastion of denial, ignorance, and obfuscation on one of the most important issues of the day." This is a dying cause on a vibrant earth. Enjoy the next ten thousand years folks. By the way the following is a link that basically states how outrageous editorials like this have done more to hurt the GW cause than help. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2010/10/30/global-warming-hysteria-how-to-lose-public-support-in-just-four-short-years/

rodeen
11/1/2010 9:06:45 AM
This story is another good example of how desperate the far left is to propagandize global warming. This guy sticks to the company line by calling names and using big smart words that conservatives cant understand let me quote "an unparalleled bastion of denial, ignorance, and obfuscation on one of the most important issues of the day." This is a dying cause on a vibrant earth. Enjoy the next ten thousand years folks. By the way the following is a link that basically states how outrageous editorials like this have done more to hurt the GW cause than help. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2010/10/30/global-warming-hysteria-how-to-lose-public-support-in-just-four-short-years/



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