Rush’s Hot Air … heats the globe

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

Many in the Republican “base” found John McCain an outrage, his policy views and perspectives abhorrent, not least of which that he deigns to consider reality in stating that Global Warming is a serious issue meriting attention (even if his policy prescriptions aren’t enough).

Well, what does the Glorious Leader of the Republican Party have to say about this?

“Despite the hysterics of a few pseudo-scientists, there is no reason to believe in global warming.” Rush Limbaugh, 1993

Ah, words that could warm the cockles of even the cold heart of George “Will-ful Deceit” Will.

It is time to ask a simple question of Mitch McConnell, John McCain, John Boehner, and other Republican leader:  When it comes to basic the basic realities, the challanges, the science of Global Warming, are you with US or with Rush?

“Despite the hysterics of a few pseudo-scientists, there is no reason to believe in global warming.” – Rush Limbaugh, Jan. 1993

That’s right. The Academies of Science of every leading nation are filled with “pseudo-scientists”.  The American Meteorological Assocation, American Physics Society, … all “pseudo-scientist” organizations.  Phew. Glad that we have Rush to fill in the blanks for us (for the US), no?

Of course, we shouldn’t hold Rush to account for words from over 15 years from now, should we? After all, the world has changed, science has evolve (oops, “evolution”, another one of those “pseudo-scientist” concepts), our knowledge and understanding has increased.  Well, as for Rush …

“Man-made global warming is a hoax.” – Rush Limbaugh, January 2009

Bloviating Rush has a serious case of ASS (anti-science syndrome).  And, Rush seems intent on assuring that the Republican leadership is similarly afflicted.

“I am skeptical that mankind is causing global warming.” – Rep. Joe Barton, Ranking Republican on Energy & Commerce Committee, Feb. 2009

Of course, as a proud and dedicated fossil fool, the inability to absorb basic science isn’t so surprising.

Of course, where would be in this discussion without a mention of the Senator from Exxon-Mobil.

“I called the threat of catastrophic global warming the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” – Sen. Jim Inhofe, Ranking Republican on Environment & Public Works Committee, Jan. 2005

Now, not all Republicans, not all Republican leaders are diagnosed with ASS, at least when it comes to Global Warming.

“I believe global climate change is one of the most important issues that we will face this century.” – Gov. Charlie Crist, June 2007

“Florida’s future growth and economic strength depends on how we address climate change, and we know we can reduce greenhouse gases by using fewer fossil fuels and more natural energy sources like solar.” – Gov. Charlie Crist, Dec. 2008

Florida has been doing good, even serious work in developing a long term play to shift its economy toward a lower carbon basis.

“As of today, California is going to be the leader in the fight against global warming….I say the debate is over. We know the science, we see the threat, and the time for action is now.” – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, June 2005

It is time to diagnose, publically, ASS-sufferers and put them where they should be when it comes to the discussions of how best to tackle the challenges and opportunities of Global Warming: aside.  “We know the science” … the question is not the science, but policy: how best to address the situation.

And, it is time to ask a simple question of leading Republicans on what is most likely the most critical issue for humanity in the 21st Century:  Are you with us or with Rush?