Conspiratorial GOPers to Investigate Global Warming ‘Hoax’
September 28, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—-If Republicans do in fact regain the majority in the House after the November elections, Americans can expect a return to conspiratorial McCarthyism, with countless investigations of the Obama administration. In fact, Republican lawmakers, such as Reps. Michele Bachmann (MN) and Rep.Darrell Issa (CA) are licking their chops at the very idea. What about actually legislating and solving our country’s many problems? Haha, yah right. Staging investigative witch hunts against environmental policies and President Obama is more the ticket. Rep. Issa is already readying an investigation of the fake “Climategate” email scandal that has already been debunked. And the accused scientists have been cleared. But that’s not about to stop Issa, because the global warming denier is out to make a big public splash and a name for himself. And what better way to do that then, hype a phony scandal that’s red meat for wingnuts.
Issa, who is poised to become chairman of the powerful Oversight and Government Reform Committee, if the GOP regains control of the House, revealed he also plans to attack science with his new position, complete with subpoena powers.
“I do have a backburner investigation that I’m going to want to have completed, and that is, we paid a lot of money to have international evaluation, most of it done in Britain, that turns out to have been less than truthful in some of the figures,” he said. “We’re going to want to not investigate to get our money back, but we’re going to want to have a do-over of good numbers so that everyone can have confidence.”
“The disputed climate data became the subject of heated controversy last year when hackers released e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in England. Climate skeptics pointed to the e-mails as evidence that prominent scientists tried to inappropriately manipulate and suppress raw climate data and silence their critics.” [...]
“Investigative panels in Britain and the United States have since cleared researchers of any wrongdoing, but some Republican lawmakers remain unconvinced.”
And right behind Issa is Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), the current ranking member of the Pelosi-created Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Most Republicans want to trash the panel, but Sensenbrenner has other more devious ideas. The global warming denier plans to use the panel to launch countless anti-science investigations of his own.
The Politico dubs Sensenbrenner’s plan “sweet revenge.”
“Most House Republicans envision killing Nancy Pelosi’s special global warming committee if they claw their way back into the majority this November.
But one senior GOP lawmaker has another idea in mind: sweet revenge.
Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner wants to keep the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming alive so it can investigate climate science and police President Barack Obama’s green policies.”
This clownish hackery would be comical, if it was not the nightmarish reality confronting America.
Think Progress notes that the current crop of Republican candidates are a bunch of global warming denying conspiracy theorists. And that doesn’t bode well for clean energy legislation dealing with the effects of global warming caused by big polluters.
“With the defeat of Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) in Tuesday’s primary by Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell, the slate of Republicans vying for election to the U.S. Senate this November is unanimously opposed to comprehensive climate legislation. An earlier Wonk Room analysis of the 37 Senate races found that Castle was the lone supporter of climate action among a sea of global warming deniers and fossil-funded anti-government ideologues.”
There is indeed, a clear choice this November. Vote Republican if you favor insane right-wing fringe extremism and conspiratorial anti-science policies. If not, vote for a Democrat.