Tuesday, January 30, 2007

GOP War on Global Warming = War on Al Gore = War on Dems = War on the Environment = More $ for Polluting Industries = More Campaign $ for GOP

The GOP war on science does have a motivation... it goes full circle. The nation's top polluting industries are closely tied to the Bush administration in terms of both campaign contributions and pollution policy making. Beginning with the 2000 campaign season to 2004, the 30 biggest utility companies owning the majority of the 89 dirtiest power plants have poured $6.6 million into the coffers of the Bush presidential campaigns and the Republican National Committee. Why? It costs money to produce clean energy, money that could go into such things as company profit, GOP campaigns, and $400 million retirement packages as was received by Exxon's CEO Lee Raymond. So, despite the mountain of scientific evidence including that of the government's own National Academy of Sciences, that establishes man-made factors that are contributing to climate change, who does the GOP attack? The scientists! Worse, the energy companies fund junk science to confuse the public and legislators on the issue.

"We know that the White House possesses documents that contain evidence of an attempt by senior administration officials to mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming and minimize the potential danger"
- Henry Waxman, Chairman- House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
This level of secrecy of the White House Energy Policy is the norm. What are they hiding? Even legal action has not yet been able to reveal the substance of these meetings between Cheney and the leading energy companies.

This report out on Friday, 2/2 is said to be the most definitive and current on human-induced global climate change. It is the first phase of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This segment, written by more than 600 scientists and reviewed by another 600 experts and edited by bureaucrats from 154 countries, includes "a significantly expanded discussion of observation on the climate," said co-chair Susan Solomon, a senior scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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