200 Congressmen from Exxon vote to destroy planet

Paul Krugman writes:

212 representatives voted no [on legislation to fight global warming]. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered the bill too weak, but most rejected the bill because they rejected the whole notion that we have to do something about greenhouse gases.

And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against the planet…

Representative Paul Broun of Georgia [declared] that climate change is nothing but a “hoax” that has been “perpetrated out of the scientific community.” …[T]o believe that global warming is a hoax you have to believe in a vast cabal consisting of thousands of scientists — a cabal so powerful that it has managed to create false records on everything from global temperatures to Arctic sea ice.

Yet Mr. Broun’s declaration was met with applause.

Even worse, this bill is a sham. It will barely make a difference. It rearranges the deck chairs on the Titanic. Yet 200 Congressmen consider it a draconian measure attacking a non-existent problem.

Posted by James on Monday, June 29, 2009