Ill winds passed during Congressional hot-air debate

Fri, 2007-02-09 12:31Bill Miller
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Ill winds passed during Congressional hot-air debate

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a leading academic newspaper, suggested Congress was treading on dangerous territory recently in discussing “the climatic effects of dinosaur farts,” given members’ own reputations “for producing hot air.”

Members quizzed four scientists who had helped oversee a report issued last week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN panel. It began seriously enough with an introduction by Susan Soloman, a senior scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who said global warming is unequivocal with a better than 90 per cent likelihood people are mostly responsible.

The discussions started to deteriorate, however, when Bert Rorabacher, a California Republican and former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, took issue with the IPCC’s finding of human blame, suggesting “dinosaur flatulence” might be the culprit.

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The dinosaur flatulence going on these days is the idiotic comments by old Republicans like Rorabacher and Inhofe who do not, cannot, and will not understand the science.

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There are enough articles on the “myth of peak oil” floating around the Internet to fill a book; and there are enough books on the subject to fill a small library.  One of the common threads throughout these publications is their lack of credible sources, because not only is peak oil real, but we’re rapidly approaching that threshold. 

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