The US Global Change Research Program, which has been studying climate change since the early 1990's, issued an unusually blunt, cogent report this week, with numerous alarming points, such as:
3. Widespread climate-related impacts are occurring now and are expected to increase.
4. Climate change will stress water resources.
5. Crop and livestock production will be increasingly challenged.
6. Coastal areas are at increasing risk from sea-level rise and storm surge.
The response from the GOP? Near as I can tell, it's 100% denial:
"That the Federal bureaucracy in Washington has produced yet another alarmist report on global warming is nothing new." James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma.
"They like to call it [the climate change Waxman-Markey bill] ACES [American Clean Energy and Security Act] but I call it C.R.A.P. — continue ruining America's Prosperity," Joe Barton, R-Texas
"In Missouri when we go from winter to spring, that's a good climate change. I don't want to stop that climate change you know. Who in the world would want to put politicians in charge of the weather anyhow?" Todd Akin, R-Missouri
"There isn't even one study that can be produced to show that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas. There isn't one such study because carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas, it's a harmless gas. Carbon dioxide is natural. It is not harmful. It is part of Earth's life cycle." Michelle Bachmann, R-Minnesota
Perhaps this is what Toles was thinking, earlier this week: