(By which, in this case, I mean Washington)
When Obama failed to get enough Democratic Senators to support his 2009 bill to join our country to the rest of the civilized world in reducing greenhouse emissions, he lost his chance of success for at least that season, because then the Republicans took Congress in 2010 and the whole Republican Party launched on a concerted drive to convince American voters that climate science was still speculative. (It isn’t. At least two dozen major scientific societies, from the American Geophysical Union to the Royal Meteorological Society (U.K.), support the consensual findings of a rising global temperature brought about by an increasing carbon burden from burning fossil fuels.)
And yet the candidates resolutely refuse to take a stand on an issue which seriously threatens the survival of many human beings. Not one of the four surviving Republican candidates has made this issue part of his platform. Only one, Newt Gingrich, has said anything at all on the subject, and that, after coming down forcefully on both sides of the subject at one time or another, was only, “I actually don’t know whether global warming is occurring.”
And onetime hopeful candidate Jon Huntsman, who started out his campaign with the statement, “To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming,” is now supporting Romney, who is far less forthright.
You know what the really scary part is? It’s that the Republican primary voters have kept these know-nothing people and no better informed ones in the race to run the most powerful nation in the world.