Friday, August 20, 2010

Do the wrong thing

“We need climate change legislation but it should not be tilted toward the nuclear industry against the coal industry because that is unfair to the upper Midwest,” Feingold said.

Feingold hits GOP Senate foe over 'bizarre' climate change explanation

That Feingold's concern is the economic well being of his constituency. That's his job. Voters are more concerned about keeping their homes and feeding their children than some threat on the horizon. That's human.
Still, to block a price on carbon because it's "unfair" is even less rational than simply denying climate change. Feingold has impressed me in the past, but not this time. It's not congress that tilts against coal, it's Mother Nature .

"Mother Nature is just chemistry, biology and physics. That's all she is. You cannot sweet-talk her. You cannot spin her. You cannot tell her that the oil companies say climate change is a hoax. No, Mother Nature is going to do whatever chemistry, biology and physics dictate"

"Mother Nature always bats last, and she always bats 1.000"
Rob Watson

It all boils down to money. Who will pay to save our home, Earth. The Great Recession could have greater consequences than anyone ever imagine.

I will give the government the benefit of the doubt, that they have prematurely claimed "this house is clean" regarding oil in the GOM... that they are trying to get the economy of the gulf states back to some semblance of normalcy as soon as possible. It's akin to when government quietly closed and fenced lead contaminated sites... you see them everywhere... they used to be gas stations. Then they didn't advertise the problem, they just did what they could to mitigate it. Here I think they want to do the same thing. Am I being naive?

Without that data, it's impossible for independent scientists to evaluate the study, and to use it to determine the appropriate response to the oil that remains in the water, Markey said. "The public has the right to know right now what is going on in the Gulf of Mexico," said Markey.

Ummm, About That Disappearing Oil?

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