Thursday, March 13, 2008

Flat-Earth GOP Politics Overrules Science, Story Number Five

There's more fallout from the federal government's suppressed report that showed health hazards across the Great Lakes region.

Reminiscent, isn't it, of the Bush administration official who rewrote and dumbed-down a climate change report before resigning to join Exxon Mobil, or the White House muzzling of NASA's chief global warming scientist for similar political reasons?

Facts? We don't no stinkin' facts.

So it shouldn't come as a big surprise that when the US Environmental Protection Agency announced a modest decrease in tolerated smog concentrations is 345 US counties - - some in eastern Wisconsin - - it did so overruling the unanimous opinion of its own scientific panel that had urged a tougher standard?

Which brings us to the State Assembly's junior GOP lieutenants who balked at passing the Great Lakes water Compact, itself the product of years of negotiations with experts and business leaders as stakeholders.

Whether in Washington, or the Waukesha-led Assembly GOP caucus, the party's mantra is the same:

Don't let the facts get in the way when you're killing good public policy.


Anonymous said...

Facts, what facts. MAN MADE GLOBAL WARMING IS A THEORY NOT A FACT. There are stories everyday of scientist not supporting Al Gore and the IPCC. I think it is you who need to get the facts straight.

James Rowen said...

This is the classic head-in-the-sand argument.

Dave said...

fact or theory isn't the point. If you consider the risks of taking action to stop "global warming" versus the risk of inaction you clearly come out on the side of action. Again simple Cost/Benefit analysis which I would expect capitalists to understand... go figure.