Friday, November 21, 2014

Mitch McConnell Suddenly Believes In Science

Prior to the midterm elections, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) dismissed questions about climate change by stating, "I'm not a scientist." It's unclear how pleading ignorance reassures us of his policy judgment on this critical issue. When it comes, though, to the Keystone XL Pipeline, the project to carry corrosive tar sands from Canada through the U.S., McConnell suddenly believes in science:

In remarks on the Senate floor, hours before a vote on a bill that fast-tracks construction of the pipeline, McConnell pointed to the “science” supporting the legislation.

“Those who took a serious look at the science and the potential benefits reached the conclusion long ago,” he said Tuesday. “They understand that the whole drama over Keystone has been as protracted as it is unnecessary. We hope to turn the page on all of that today."

The same thing can be said of Republican obstinacy on climate change: It's been protracted and unnecessary. Too bad Congress is nowhere near turning that particular page.


Michael J. Mand said...

Doesn't the fact that we are more enegy independent now than we have been in years indicate that, even if we accept that, at most, the over-arching environmental implact of bringing low quality crude from northern Canada has yet to be determined convincingly, the project is not necessary and therefore, should be postponed indefinitely? The risks far outweigh the benefits.

Jeff Tone said...

There's no question that the dirty tar sands pose an environmental risk. Further, the project has nothing to do with energy independence. The tar sands will be shipped all over the world. The Koch brothers will benefit, though.