Thursday, August 18, 2011

Clear Skies Ahead

The next target for the radical right is the environment, as these three items show.

Here is Bachmann in a CNN Money article  promising $2 dollar gas if she's elected. Friends, if we have gas prices that low it means one of three things:
1. Something awful happened to the economy
2. We've rented out space in every national park to drill for oil, or
3. The oil producing countries (especially our buddies in Venezuela) decided that they don't like money.
Which do you think is more likely under a Republican president?

Next up is Rick Perry, who is quoted by the LA Times as saying that, "We are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change."

He goes on to say, "I don't think, from my perspective, that I want America to be engaged in spending that much money on what is still a scientific theory that hasn't been proven, and from my perspective is more and more being put into question."

Two things stand out from these quotes: Rick Perry does not know what a scientific theory really is, and his sentence construction is sounding more and more like Sarah Palin every day.

And finally, from today's New York Times, come this front page article that details all of the Republican presidential candidates' positions on the Environmental Protection Agency. Their solutions range from shutting it down (Bachmann) to imposing a moratorium on enforcing regulations (Perry) to weakening its court ordered mandate to regulate carbon monoxide (Romney). Are some EPA regulations onerous to business? You bet. But these candidates would open the floodgates to chopping up the agency into tiny bits and throwing it on the scrap heap.

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