June 12, 2011

Fighting Words

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in response to a question asking if he would disavow the science of global warming:
"I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. I don’t know how much our contribution is to that, because I know that there have been periods of greater heat and warmth in the past but I believe we contribute to that. And so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing." 
Not exactly Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, but this simple restatement of the current scientific consensus on global warming had an equally galvanizing effect upon the defenders of Republican conservative orthodoxy. It would all be laughable were it not for the price I fear my grandchildren will pay for the Republican Party's foolish consistency.

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