First, from The Onion, in response to the study I posted about last week: Study: Earth 44% Doomed
In less fictional but equally farcical news, the US Senate yesterday voted on whether climate change is caused by human activity, and decided that it’s not. In class last night, we discussed the political discourse around climate change, and how divisive of an issue it has become across partisan lines in the US. Yesterday’s vote is a clear example: Democrats in the Senate brought this resolution to vote in the hope of shaming Republicans into admitting that climate change isn’t a big deal, which is more or less exactly what happened, as anyone could have predicted. So, in effect, 60 American politicians decided to vote on whether global scientific consensus is correct, and decided that the scientists are wrong.
“Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Inhofe told the Senate. “The hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think they are so powerful they can change climate. Man can’t change climate.”