Monday, December 26, 2011

Republicans Resist Funding Extreme Weather Research

During the past year, we’ve experienced a record number of extreme weather events–and scientists want to know if there's a connection to global warming. But they're hampered in their research–and not just because of budgetary constraints. The Republicans don’t want to know if man-made climate change has anything to do with these weather patterns. They're afraid the research won't supply the results they want–and so the war on science continues: is unusual, if not unprecedented, for so many extremes to occur in such a short span. The calamities in 2011 included wildfires that scorched millions of acres, extreme flooding in the Upper Midwest and the Mississippi River Valley and heat waves that shattered records in many parts of the country. Abroad, massive floods inundated Australia, the Philippines and large parts of Southeast Asia.

...This year, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tried to push through a reorganization that would have provided better climate forecasts to businesses, citizens and local governments, Republicans in the House of Representatives blocked it. The idea had originated in the Bush administration, was strongly endorsed by an outside review panel and would have cost no extra money. But the House Republicans, many of whom reject the overwhelming scientific consensus about the causes of global warming, labeled the plan an attempt by the Obama administration to start a “propaganda” arm on climate.

Image: Tom Toles, The Washington Post


Michael The Molar Maven said...

There's an old adage: if you are afraid you might not like the answer, don't ask the question. If you don't get all the facts, they can't possibly interfere with your positions.

Jeff Tone said...

They're not asking the questions, just resisting the facts because they interfere with the financial interests of their patrons.