I was half-way through a blog here, had spent a couple hours already reading, writing, researching when I realized belatedly it was boring. There was no passion in it.
Without the passion, why bother?
It had to do with science and politics, prompted by Sen. James Inhofe’s snowball antics on the Senate floor. And maybe that was the genesis of the boredom. I watched again the clip of him claiming with certainty there was no global warming because he could pick up a snowball outside the Senate Chambers in D.C. in late February. And it should have been at least a good laugh, a ridiculous waste of air and a lamentable waste of time in Congress.
But it was boring.
He’s an old man going through the motions of being someone important, but his time is passed. Oh, he can still do some damage and probably will as chair of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee. As a vocal critic of any science he disagrees with it is in keeping with his anti-intellectual approach to science to try to make light of global warming.
Science does it’s best at trying to understand complex mechanisms and environments and then bring that information to the rest of us. They aren’t always that good at clarifying those complex mechanisms. Sometimes it takes some intellectual heft to follow the logic. And when the majority of scientists in a field agree on one particular subject, it’s rather rare and a cause to consider that they might actually have something.
During a House committee meeting in 2011, “when Democrat Jay Inslee asked Inhofe if he really thought he was smarter than the IPCC’s 2,000 climate scientists, Inhofe brushed the question aside, noting that he’d already given “five speeches on the science.” New Republic, February 10, 2011
He said there is nothing conclusive in the science.
Which is reminiscent of the logic the tobacco companies used to stonewall pretty much everyone in sight about the dangers in smoking, denying from the 1950s up into the 1990s what their own researchers found true, that smoking causes lung cancer and that nicotine is addictive.
It’s once again about the money rather than about what’s good for We, the People.
Inhofe’s major political supporters and the oil and gas industries, the utilities and the Koch brothers.
The hearing in 2011 was on the EPA’s carbon regulations and Inhofe was promoting his new bill to overrule the EPA’s scientific finding that greenhouse gases pose a threat to public health and welfare, which would require that they be regulated.
“Illinois Representative Bobby Rush lamented that no actual scientists had been invited to the hearing; Republicans had mainly summoned industry representatives to complain about the costs of carbon rules.” New Republic
This world really is a beautiful place.
It would be nice to be able to pass that beauty on to our grandkids.
Corporations last forever and have no children, no grandchildren. Corporations, despite heavy spending on advertising to claim otherwise, don’t really care about you, or me, or this world.
Corporations are in the business of making money.
History is replete with the damage they do to the environment in pursuit of that money. And they have no inclination to stop, unless forced to.
Buffoons like Inhofe ease the burden these regulations force upon the beleaguered corporations and pass that burden, the actual cost of their profiteering, on to our grandkids.
And we elect them and pay them handsomely for their time in the Senate.