Know-Nothings Assail Democratic Candidate for Being Right on Climate Change
At a candidate forum here last week, Representative Baron P. Hill, a threatened Democratic incumbent in a largely conservative southern Indiana district, was endeavoring to explain his unpopular vote for the House cap-and-trade energy bill.
It will create jobs in Indiana, reduce foreign oil imports and address global warming, Mr. Hill said at a debate with Todd Young, a novice Republican candidate who is supported by an array of Indiana Tea Party groups and is a climate change skeptic.
“Climate change is real, and man is causing it,” Mr. Hill said, echoing most climate scientists. “That is indisputable. And we have to do something about it.”
Stone the blasphemer -- he said Jehovah.
A rain of boos showered Mr. Hill, including a hearty growl from Norman Dennison, a 50-year-old electrician and founder of the Corydon Tea Party.
“It’s a flat-out lie,” Mr. Dennison said in an interview after the debate, adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. “I read my Bible,” Mr. Dennison said. “He made this earth for us to utilize."
Fuck the Earth, the Lord saith, on the radio.
Skepticism and outright denial of global warming are among the articles of faith of the Tea Party movement, here in Indiana and across the country.
And the comedy punchline?
“This so-called climate science is just ridiculous,” said Kelly Khuri, founder of the Clark County Tea Party Patriots. “I think it’s all cyclical.”
“Carbon regulation, cap and trade, it’s all just a money-control avenue,” Ms. Khuri added. “Some people say I’m extreme, but they said the John Birch Society was extreme, too.”
And the tragedy punchline?
Whatever the party composition of the next Congress, cap and trade is likely dead for the foreseeable future. If dozens of new Republican climate skeptics are swept into Congress, the prospects for assertive federal action to control global warming gases, including regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency, will grow dimmer than they already are.
Perhaps the United States of America may even still yet come to a point where we have a political culture evolved enough to handle climate change.
By that point however we will have also evolved sufficiently to possess gills. So it will all work out!
God bless science.
(Oh wait whoops can we still believe in evolution? Or is that still a Liberal plot? Let me know as I am working hard on the gill-evolving. This process involves pouring a lot of Jameson's down my neck. Seems to not be doing any harm, anyhow.)
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