About Face in the White House?

Sun, 2007-09-16 10:58Emily Murgatroyd
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About Face in the White House?

Bush's chief science adviser admitted that global warming posed a huge threat to the planet and that there is no question that humans are to blame.

In an interview with the BBC, Professor John Marburger called the facts 'unequivocal'. Click here to see Think Progress' repost of the BBC broadcast. We'll be watching to hear how the White House responds to this.

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Actions speak louder than words

Anything else is just further delay and spin. However, this type of language does help break down the politicization of the issue. 

Yes, except that when that same advisor says in the same interview:
“You only have two choices; you either have advanced technologies and get them into the marketplace, or you shut down your economies and put people out of work. I don’t know of any politician that favours shutting down economies.”

Uh, really? We only have those two choices, eh? Breathlessly wait for nuclear fusion cars and the like to rescue us, or simply shut down economies and start building ladles for the soup lines… You were saying about “breaking down politicization of the issue”?

I will grant the point that it is “progress” to have Bush administration officials conceding the reality and gravity of the AGW situation, but if the policy options derived from this are still as politically-loaded as the above quote… well, fortunately, they’ll be a lame ducks soon…


As of January 26, the California Department of Water Resources reported that snowpack statewide was at just 27% of its normal level, which is 15% of the average for April 1, the point at which snow is typically expected to stop accumulating and begin to melt.

Which means, of course, that California is in for another dry year. Melting snowpack provides water to streams and rivers and replenishes reservoirs that are used for drinking water and agriculture.

In a cruel irony, a dry year...

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