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Paul Krugman has an excellent column this morning. In it, he calls out the global warming deniers, a group to which many Republican congressmen and congresswomen belong, as what they truly are: traitors to the planet.
And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason – treason against the planet.
More on those who betray America and the entire planet, after the fold.
Indeed, if there was a defining moment in Friday’s debate, it was the declaration by Representative Paul Broun of Georgia that climate change is nothing but a “hoax” that has been “perpetrated out of the scientific community.”
Science is a “hoax” to these idiots. The Republican Party is full of those who betray America for political contributions. A political party that makes war against science is bound for obsolescence.
Krugman concludes with a comparison of Bush’s GWOT, which was a false metaphor, with the Republican Party’s actual war on the planet, a war against the American people.
Do you remember the days when Bush administration officials claimed that terrorism posed an “existential threat” to America, a threat in whose face normal rules no longer applied? That was hyperbole – but the existential threat from climate change is all too real.
Yet the deniers are choosing, willfully, to ignore that threat, placing future generations of Americans in grave danger, simply because it’s in their political interest to pretend that there’s nothing to worry about. If that’s not betrayal, I don’t know what is.
America can no longer afford ignorance in Congress. It is betrayal.
Update I: Minister of Truth has an excellent analysis of Krugman’s column and many of these issues in his diary:
It is well worth reading and recommending.
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