GOP Climate Denial

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Conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan on the GOP’s willful denial of climate change reality on The Daily Dish.

And that simple act of amateur reasoning is all we ask of ourselves as citizens, and it is all we can ever ask of our elected representatives. We elect them to make decisions about the future of Afghanistan, the sectarian conflict in Syria, the intricacies of Internet regulation, and any number of complex questions usually grasped only by experts. Sometimes, they can become kinda experts themselves. But what’s vital is that they simply use reason – a core democratic practice – to figure stuff out.

 

On this important issue, one entire party in our system has simply decided to opt out of these basic demands of democratic life. And this is not restricted to Christianist congressmen who believe the earth was created 6,000 years ago. It’s deep in the bones of what’s left of the intelligentsia as well.

 

It matters when one major party refuses to accept reality – when it refuses to grasp the fact that you cannot raise revenue by cutting taxes, that the United States practiced torture, or that human-made climate change is real. When one side engages in this surreal debate, the country becomes incapable of engaging in any real debate. I know we’ve become used to this – and the press has found a way to write about the GOP as if they are not a reckless, know-nothing, post-modern fantasy machine. But it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t remain capable of shock and anger at this pathetic excuse for a political party, at the unique idiocy of this party of the right in the Western world.

Cross-posted from The Sensible Center

http://thesensiblecentercom.blogspot.com/2014/06/gop-climate-denial.html

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Author: Ballard Burgher

  • Rambie

    With all the crocodile tears over the new EPA rules (which will be gutted before they ever go into effect) coming from the GOP. What about all this “Clean Coal” they were touting back in 2008-2009?

  • slamfu

    How about we change the title of this article to “GOP Reality Denial”, and then list our favorite GOP talking points that have no basis in reality despite massive evidence to the contrary. I’ll start.

    GOP Talking Point: Democrats are spend too much money and blow up the deficit. Republicans control deficit spending.

    Reality: In the last 40 years, every Republican administration has left office with a much higher deficit than when he took office, and every single Democrat administration has left it with a much lower deficit than when he took office. Hell, even Jimmy Carter can claim this and his term was plagued with massive inflation. This is easily verifiable, and flies in the face of one of the main issues that not only Republicans seem to think of as gospel, but even a lot of liberals buy into this fantasy. A true testament to the power of marketing in the face of facts.

    http://www.davemanuel.com/history-of-deficits-and-surpluses-in-the-united-states.php

  • slamfu

    Just to clarify, Carter didn’t leave it much lower, but almost identical to where he started. Which I feel still makes the case.

  • JSpencer

    Even if the new rules on emissions did manage to survive the embarrassing circus that congress represents, they wouldn’t be enough to jump up and down about.
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/06/02/why-the-epas-new-power-plant-rules-are-a-diversion-from-serious-climate-policy/
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    As for the republican denial of reality disease, I don’t expect to see it eradicated in my lifetime, but I sure would love to see it pushed back and confined to the remote backwaters it came from.

  • slamfu

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    What about all this “Clean Coal” they were touting back in 2008-2009?

    Here’s the deal with Clean Coal. You basically have to take regular coal, and get out all the dangerous impurities. Selenium, cadmium, mercury, sulphur, etc…. That process is still in the development phase, but lets say they do make a large scale way to do it efficiently. It is still going to take energy, time and money to do so, and natural gas is already price competitive without having to undergo such a process. Also, at our current usage rates of 1 billion tons per year, you still get a whole lot of nasty stuff that you have to do something with. The reality is disposal is going to add even more to the costs to make the clean coal, further making it less viable.

    And even if you get all the impurities out, you are still burning a solid, which means you are going to have a lot of particulate matter being spewed out, which itself is a huge source of the “dirty” in regular coal. So you will have gone through a lot of effort and cost to produce something that still doesn’t burn as clean as natural gas no matter how you slice it. This is why “Clean Coal” is not a real thing.

  • Rambie

    Slam, I guess my sarcasm on the “clean coal” didn’t make it through on my first post. :) I live in Utah, a coal state, and I know there is no such thing as “Clean Coal” it was all BS then.

  • slamfu

    Lol, my bad. Busy at work which tends to mess with my sarcasm detector :)

  • sheknows

    Really great article.! “– and the press has found a way to write about the GOP as if they are not a reckless, know-nothing, post-modern fantasy machine. But it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t remain capable of shock and anger at this pathetic excuse for a political party, at the unique idiocy of this party of the right in the Western world.”

    If only our shock and anger could be translated into something that has real meaning. Thanks to the owners of the media that downplays their insanity and stupidity, almost half of the nation believes their rants. They come across as legitimate points of view!! That is the media’s a doing. That is what they get paid to do.
    If they outed the GOP as idiots publicly and continually, two things would happen, maybe three. 1. nobody would tune in for the dramas they enjoy watching between two opposing” teams.” 2. The owners of the news stations and papers would fire everyone and hire all new and 3. there could be total collapse of our existing economy which delicately hinges on the fact that lobbyists rely on Republican corruption in congress as well as the SC to get things done. :)

  • Rambie

    Amen sister. ;)