Monday, August 20, 2007

Also questionable: The "moon landing"

From a Tom Baxter story in the Southern Political Report about southern legislators (including Georgia's) decision to vote against a couple of National Conference of State Legislature resolutions to ramp up measures against climate change.

Basically the full article, which you can read here, notes that Georgia and the other states against the resolution, have powerful coal interests within their borders.

But here's a bit of a head slapper from state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, who is also the Senate's majority whip:
Seabaugh remains unconvinced of the science behind what he usually refers to as “quote-unquote global warming.”

“I will venture a guess that in 10 years we won’t be talking about global warming, but we’ll still be talking about how we produce electricity in a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly way,” the Georgia legislator said.

Doesn't believe in global warming... how many folks are left on that bandwagon?

I'm no scientist, but if global warming is indeed a farce, it's going to rank as perhaps the greatest lie ever propagated upon humanity. It seems that if tree-hugging liberals could pull that off, they also could have gotten Al Gore a few more votes in Florida back in 2000.

I think even this guy's on board now.

UPDATE: I just spoke to Sen. Seabaugh, who gave some thoughtful comments. I think these are the most relevant:

"Do I believe that we should be looking for other ways (of producing energy) that are cost-effective, environmentally friendly? Absolutely, I support that. I just don't support the hysteria that would try to force us into riding bikes all the time and not building new power plants."

Seabaugh says there is still disagreement over whether the earth is actually heating up, and points to the global cooling movement of the 1970s as an example of putting the cart before the horse when it comes to science.

"A lot of people have taken certain scientific evidence and they have ordained it absolute fact. ..." Seabaugh said. "If people would really do due diligence... they would find that there is evidence contrary to the, quote-unquote, global warming hysteria."

So, there you go. Maybe I was a bit harsh. There's nothing wrong with skepticism. Still, the last National Geographic article I read about the Greenland ice sheet scared the crap out of me.

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