Thursday, May 04, 2006
Just a Flesh Wound
A scientific study commissioned by the Bush administration concluded yesterday that the lower atmosphere was indeed growing warmer and that there was "clear evidence of human influences on the climate system." The finding eliminates a significant area of uncertainty in the debate over global warming, one that the administration has long cited as a rationale for proceeding cautiously on what it says would be costly limits on emissions of heat-trapping gases.Since this study was commissioned by the Bush Administration, it's safe to assume that it was supposed to find that global warming is just a liberal myth. Sadly, no. Reality is an inconvenient thing. Not that the Busheviks are conceding:
But White House officials noted that this was just the first of 21 assessments planned by the federal Climate Change Science Program, which was created by the administration in 2002 to address what it called unresolved questions. The officials said that while the new finding was important, the administration's policy remained focused on studying the remaining questions and using voluntary means to slow the growth in emissions of heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxideLike the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Bush will not concede even after he's been cut off at the knees. How much more time money will he waste on his quest for the truthiness, while the tundra melts and species go extinct and hurricanes destroy entire cities?
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