Sorry, I’m not a big fan of name-calling, but I’m really genuinely wondering tonight — are Republican leaders pure evil or are the just plain stupid?
Good (or crazy) environmental politics stories from the past week or so.
Tom Toles creates some of the best climate change and political cartoons I’ve seen. He’s a Pullitzer-Prize winning cartoonist who works for the Washington Post. After the “1,000,000th email [in a day] complaining that [he’s] not fair to the Republicans” following a recent cartoon of his (above), Toles wrote the following (a great post on global warming denial and Republicans)
Great episode of the Daily Show this week. Jon Stewart does a good job helping Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa P. Jackson make some important points that need to be heard while having a bit of fun as well.
How crazy can you get? It seems that Republican leaders these days want to turn the United States into a third-world country. Here’s one of the most ridiculous requests I’ve heard of (though, there are many, including abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency, which keeps our water and air clean and is trying to keep our climate livable): a Republican Congressman from Georgia wants to abolish the Department of Energy and the Department of Education! At the same time, though, he wants to leave Big Oil subsidies in place.
The LA Times and Washington Post aren’t the only major media outlets that are starting to tear into the Republican party and other global warming deniers for their absolute rejection of science. USA Today, which I think has really turned things around in recent years and has some of the best climate change coverage of any major newspaper company, had an excellent editorial on the matter recently, one that compares climate science deniers to “birthers” (the folks who didn’t and maybe still don’t believe that Obama was born in the United States).
“It turns out there are still a small group of die-hard grownups left among the increasingly crazed and raving anti-science radicals of what once was a great political party in America.”…