House Republicans — On the Wrong Side of History (Again) Of Climate Change

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (Photo credit: republicanconference)

It’s hard to believe it’s actually 2013…considering we have Republicans — well, tea baggers, actually — making concerted efforts to push this country back to an idyllic, mythologized snapshot of a 1950s America that never existed.

In South Dakota, Republican legislators are passing a fetal personhood amendment to the state constitution in the hope that it gets all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge the 40 year-old Roe v. Wade. In Virginia, the government almost passed a bill requiring ultrasounds on women to dissuade them from having control of their own bodies (because they don’t know any better). In Florida, Republican Governor Rick Scott tried to keep everybody but whites away from the polls. And certain red states are depriving gay couples from having the same rights as heterosexual couples. I find all this rather weird and hypocritical for people who claim to want government out of their lives.

(My own, now-deceased, staunchly Republican father used to talk fondly of the 1950s. But, then, he was a white European male physician, who came of age during that era. In his eyes there was no downside to that decade. It was all “I Like Ike” and American nuclear dominance, like something out of a propaganda movie. There was no bland conformity. No racial segregation. No Cold War paranoia-spawned civil liberty problems. McCarthyism and red scares were a good thing.)

Now comes further proof that Republicans are “standing athwart history yelling ‘Stop!'”:

Despite a wave of extreme weather patterns that a unanimity of climate scientists say is the state of things to come because of climate change, and a positively depressing warning by the National Climate Assessment of Earth’s future by 2100, which says:

If the United States remains on its current emissions path, most of the country will see a rise of 9 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit over the coming century, with ever-worsening extreme weather, heat waves, deluges and droughts as the result,

the House Republicans have refused repeated attempts by House Democrats to hold hearings on absolutely necessary climate change policy.

I swear, by 2100, our grandchildren (and their children) will be asking, “What were they thinking?!”

Here’s the link to the Think Progress story:

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/02/07/1557491/gop-rejects-climate-hearings/

Let’s wait and see what sort of executive decisions Obama can constitutionally decree without having to go through this obstructionist House.

Personally, I think even Republican stalwarts like Barry Goldwater and William F. Buckley — and my dad — would have eventually come around to the grim reality of anthropogenic climate change and the need to do something about it. OK, maybe not my dad.

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