July 29, 2009
July 27, 2009
There are many fine points to be argued over when discussing global warming, overfishing, peak oil, stimulus packages, etc.
But some things are simply self-evident. So when Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) says this:
People complain that we are buying — importing from the Middle East — oil and gas. And then they find out that we have it all right here. We don’t have to do that. If their argument there is “Well, we don’t want to use oil and gas because we think it pollutes” — which it doesn’t — but if that’s their argument, then why are we willing to import it from Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East?
He either a) is stupid, or b) thinks we’re all stupid.
No, Mr. Inhofe, black is not white, up is not down.
July 18, 2009
July 7, 2009
Some perspective, from Joseph Romm, via Andrew:
It is worth noting that the original Clean Air Act — first passed in 1963 — also didn’t do enough and was subsequently strengthened many times. Similarly, the 1987 Montréal protocol would not have stopped concentrations of ozone depleting substances from rising and would not have saved the ozone layer. But it began a process and established a framework that, like the CAA, could be strengthened over time as the science warranted. The painful reality of climate change is going to become increasingly obvious in the coming years, and strengthening is inevitable.