Thursday, September 01, 2005

RFK, Jr. on the Background to Katrina -- The Big Picture

I know it's unpatriotic to point out that our Divine Leader might have made a series of mistakes, and conscious decisions for political reasons, but I'm old-fashioned.

6 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...

I have been thinking the same thing. Somehow the increased huricane frequency in the gulf should eventually make southerners aware of the problem caused by global warming. However, I am not all that optimistic. These people might think that the storms were caused by gay marriage or something else . . . they are not known for their reasoning abilities.

Thursday, September 01, 2005 9:16:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Its true.. Global Warming has had an impact on the frequency and severity of dangerous hurricanes over the past 40 years. Its so basic, anyone should be able to comprehend the causality. Warm water causes hurricanes to strengthen. Global warming causes the Gulf of Mexico's waters to increase in temperature. Is it too much to ask our citizens and leaders to put 2 and 2 together?

There was an MIT scientist on Zahn a few days ago making this obvious point; of course Zahn took it upon herself to propose the "balanced" opinion that "many scientists feel otherwise". Of course the MIT guy said "actually the science is pretty clear on this" - but Zahn's masters would be pleased, the false balance was already acheived by sowing doubt in the minds of the sheeple.

Friday, September 02, 2005 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Zahn was probably talking to Kerry Emanuel of MIT, and riposting with William Gray of Colorado State, who has studied only Atlantic hurricanes, whereas Emanuel has studied global storms.

Dig the discussion at Thornblog, in which global warming is dismissed as not real, and if real, then not natural (ie, supernatural).

Friday, September 02, 2005 8:46:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

We have to accept that much of the Republican party is now incapable of rational thought. The evidence for Global Warming was overwhelming ten years ago. Anyone who doubts it now is either intellectually dishonest, or simply is incapable of thinking rationally. Democrats need to point out that the leadership of the Republican party is using this ignorance to hold onto power. We need to paint them as the extremist anti-scientific party that they are. Fuck Paula Zahn.

Friday, September 02, 2005 8:54:00 AM  
Blogger Pelty said...

I do not say that global warming is not real; the jury is still out on that one. But even if it is real (which I actually tend to think it is), the real question is whether every natural disaster that we encounter is to be foisted off as a consequence of global warming. That reeks of ideology. There must be a balance found between good environmental policy and economic needs. For all the bashing done here re: "Big Oil," I know for a fact that the type of drilling currently undertaken is environmentally sensitive yet helpful to the energy needs of our nation.

Friday, September 02, 2005 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I know you don't support the Iraq war, Pelty, but if "preventive war" is a good idea (and it's not), surely "preventive environmental precautions and investments" is.

Do a cost-benefit analysis -- what happens is that the destruction of wetlands, lack of adequate levees, and, yes, the lack of the US -- nearly alone among nations -- to reign in fossil fuel consumption are all exceedingly expensive. Add the cost of the Iraq war to that tab, by the way.

So, what, again, is the "economic" basis for this anti-environmental argument of yours?

The jury is NOT out on global warming. It is real. As with evolution, there really is no big debate here -- just the willful ignorance of those leaders and followers who can't see reality.

As far as I'm concerned, this government has completely failed to protect anyone from harm -- and not only in the Gulf area. I think that message is starting to hit home: these guys were out for themselves and their oilgarch buddies from day one, and they could give two shits about anything or anybody else.

Bush is a weak and incompetent leader who will be impeached the second the Dems get the House back -- hopefully next year.

About time. That's my idea of morality -- a blowjob nearly topples Clinton? But tens of thousands of preventable deaths here and abroad? Nothing? I don't understand that kind of morality.

Friday, September 02, 2005 12:57:00 PM  

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