Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Republican Menace

America has come unglued.   The Republicans who ushered in the very ruin that afflicts that country are set to reclaim control of the House of Representatives in November.

That's a real problem for those concerned about climate change and an effective, global response to a looming global threat.  If the Republicans get control of the House they'll probably be able to block any initiative to introduce can and trade policy.

How bad is it?   Well, according to Grist, you merely need look at the Republicans candidates for the U.S. Senate. 

"...of the dozens of Republicans vying for the 37 Senate seats in the 2010 election, only one -- Rep. Mike Castle of Delaware -- supports strong climate action. Even former climate advocates Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) now toe the science-doubting party line. If Castle loses his primary to Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell, the GOP slate will be unanimous in opposition to a green economy.

Many of the Senate candidates are signatories of the Koch Industries' Americans For Prosperity No Climate Tax pledge and the FreedomWorks Contract From America."

The pernicious doings of the billionaire Koch brothers was the subject of a recent article in The New Yorker.   If you want to see American corporatism on the march and the 'bought and paid for' Congress that does its bidding you should get your hands on a copy.

Grist points out that 97 per cent of climate scientists agree that man is causing global warming while 97 per cent of Republican Senate candidates disagree.  Man, that's trouble.

Update - Republican Mike Castle lost his bid for the Delaware Senate nomination tonight.   Make that 97% of climate scientists agree that man is causing global warming.   100% of Republican Senate candidates know better.

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