A really dumb reason not to believe in climate change

From Congressman Jeff Miller of Florida, who doesn't believe in climate change, and somehow thinks this has something to do with the dinosaurs. Via a year-end wrap-up of dumbness by Steve Brodner at GQ: Yes, he really does believe that humans can't cause climate change, because the dinosaurs went extinct. Go figure. 

Prominent Republicans call for climate action now

Here's some news you won't see on FOX News: Four former EPA chiefs, all Republicans, back President Obama's climate action plan, and call for even stronger action, immediately: Each of us took turns over the past 43 years running the Environmental Protection Agency. We served Republican presidents, but we have a message that transcends political affiliation:Continue reading “Prominent Republicans call for climate action now”

Climate change is like leprosy to the GOP: Untouchable

When Timothy Egan is good, he is great:  Climate change is to the Republican base what leprosy once was to healthy humans — untouchable and unmentionable. Their party is financed by people whose fortunes are dependent upon denying that humans have caused the earth’s weather patterns to change for the worse. From, of course, TheContinue reading “Climate change is like leprosy to the GOP: Untouchable”

Obama to blame for drought: John Boehner (R – Ohio)

Today John Boehner, who leads the Republican majority in the House, pointed the finger of blame at President Obama for the drought withering the Midwest. No, really. According to the Financial Times (reg. required) he said that "…the president continues to blame anyone and everyone for the drought but himself.”  Okay, maybe he just omittedContinue reading “Obama to blame for drought: John Boehner (R – Ohio)”

House budget makes climate change go away (not)

The budgeting story from the Washington Post over the proposed National Climate Service, comparable to the National Weather Service. Here are the last four graphs: In the NOAA budget battle, the Democratic-led Senate approved most of the climate service in its budget. The Republican-led House approved none of it. [edit] After the deal, which passed Congress lastContinue reading “House budget makes climate change go away (not)”

The “peculiar, newsworthy,” Republican style of illicit sex

The New York Times has many famous columnists, and one funny one: Gail Collins. Which brings us to sex. What is it with Republicans lately? Is there something about being a leader of the family-values party that makes you want to go out and commit adultery? They certainly don’t have a lock on the infidelityContinue reading “The “peculiar, newsworthy,” Republican style of illicit sex”

Republicans predict “Armageddon” and “ruin” for nation

Karl Rove, the infamous Republican strategist, all but froths at the mouth this morning on This Week, saying that it's a "gigantic disaster." Meanwhile John Boehner, the House minority leader, said that it was "Armageddon" and the change to come will "ruin our country," according to Fox News. Could this be what they're talking about?Continue reading “Republicans predict “Armageddon” and “ruin” for nation”

What Do Republicans Have Against Bicycles?

Earl Blumenthal, a Congressman from Oregon, writes a superb memo to the nation on the Huffington Post, about the GOP's all too successful attempt to strip funding for bicycle paths from the economic stimulus package. The whole post is worthy of your attention, but here's the gist: Republicans have once again demonstrated how out ofContinue reading “What Do Republicans Have Against Bicycles?”

Global Warming: Republicans For It Still

If actions speak louder than words, then Republicans still want more global warming. That’s the message of an entertaining but hard-hitting column by the great Jonathan Chait in this week’s issue of The New Republic. He states the ideological case wittily up front: Republicans are no longer denying the scientific basis for global warming. That’sContinue reading “Global Warming: Republicans For It Still”