GOP Denialism On Climate Change Is Bad For America And Bad Politics

Republican denialism regarding climate change is not only bad for the United States (and world). It might also be bad politics according to an item from The Hill on Climate-Change Witchcraft:

Republican Senate candidates may or may not agree on the science behind witchcraft, but they are united in disbelief in the overwhelming science that demonstrates manmade causes to global climate change. Increasingly, these candidates are doing their best to boil a witch’s stew of doubt by attacking the veracity of science and scientists.

Emerging from the campaign trail is the notion that vulnerable House Democrats are “losing” their races due mostly to their vote in favor of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). Let’s ignore the fact that the election isn’t over yet and drill down on the false pretense that the ACES vote or support for addressing our energy security and climate change is unpopular with voters.

More and more, Americans are viewing climate change as a matter of national security. Earlier this year, the Department of Defense declared climate change a “threat multiplier,” and just this week The New York Times reported on Department of Defense efforts to develop biofuels for our ships, tanks and planes to reduce our dependence on oil. According to an Army report cited by the Times, in Iraq and Afghanistan, “for every 24 fuel convoys that set out, one soldier of civilian engaged in fuel transport was killed.” (If you have a minute, check out “The Daily Show’s” hilarious send-up of the great irony of the military leading the way on clean energy — segments starts at 3:35.)

Yet, inexplicably, Republican leaders — and many Democrats in Washington — continue to block action on clean energy and climate legislation. Their excuse is that the American people don’t want action. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Without exception, every credible public poll on the issue has demonstrated overwhelming public support for Congress to address climate change and to create a national energy policy that creates jobs, reduces our dependence on oil and cuts pollution.

The post proceeds to provide some examples.