Frustrated Friday

Wow, what a week.

First we had the senatorial election in Massachusetts.  Whatever your politics, the election of Scott Brown was bad news for climate change policy in the United States (and possibly across the world).  The cap and trade bill was already stalled, and now you can move it one vote further away from ever happening.

Meanwhile, over in the EPA, politicians have started arguing about whether CO2 is pollution.  So pleased to hear this has come up for debate.  Can we reopen the discussion on nicotine, arsenic and lead too?  /sarcasm  Kudos to Senator Boxer for raising the point that having politicians rebut scientists on the merits of science is both unprecedented and absurd (see Weak Defense).

In West Virginia, we have the latest installment in the never-ending debate about the merits of mountaintop removal mining.  Glad to know that we’re debating the ethics of unleashing the explosive force of an atomic bomb all over the Appalachians, especially considering this is far from a last resort for meeting our energy needs.  And that we can never get those mountains back.

From the media, R.I.P. Air America.

And finally, we have the Supreme Court decision overturning an Iowa campaign finance law prohibiting corporations from making political campaign contributions.  If you were hoping for campaign finance reform any time in the near future, let me tell you, this isn’t it.

Yesterday I got kicked by one of the horses I take care of.  She sent me flying across the pasture.  Oh well, that’s life.  At least now I look as bruised and battered on the outside as I feel on the inside.

2 Responses to Frustrated Friday
  1. bunyip
    January 23, 2010 | 7:58 pm

    “having politicians rebut scientists on the merits of science is both unprecedented and absurd”

    I agree. Who are these politicians, anyway? Some sort of democratically elected legislative body? Just who are they, to dare question the mighty scientists, who just want what’s best for us?!

    Obey our scientist overlords, fools!

    • Doug Watson
      January 25, 2010 | 4:49 pm

      Science is a process based on facts, critique, rebuttal, and mutual investigation. Any politician who wants to engage in the scientific process is encouraged to do so.

      Politics of “it’s costly or inconvenient” or I don’t believe it because it is electorally tough to do” is not particularly helpful in picking the wisest path for the future of the planet we all share. It could actually be harmful or disastrous.

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