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Inhofe Opposes Carbon Emissions Standards: How do Republicans fight science?

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    The Associated Press recently released news that Jim Inhofe opposes carbon emmissions standards, not because he does not think it is politically possible, and not really because any real economic consequences to such legislation. He is against on the high ground of the idea that he does not think climate change is actually occurring.

    And he is not alone, several Republicans, self-describing themselves as "The Truth Squad" traveled to a multinational conference on climate change in Europe last week. For some reason, the news that a few letters from scientists may be circulating about them changing their opinion on climate change is enough to believe that the vast majority of global scientific community is in on some corrupt conspiracy to fool the world into believing in Global Warming. I mean seriously, can you REALLY deny global warming after all of the ice cores data that has been released, the thousands of reports of a rise in carbon levels EXPONENTIALLY higher than levels ever in the Earth's past, and the clear connection between green house gasses and the Earth warming?! I just don't understand it, how can you actually credibly fight what the almost every scientist in the world has already accepted as fact - and still remain in the United States Senate.

    How does a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa - graduating at the age of 38 - give you the kind of credibility to fight against the worldwide scientific community - AND AL GORE. No, I believe in their hearts, these conservatives know that climate change is happening, and at some level, they know that steps should be taken to address the issue. But they are so wrapped up in their own petty ideological thinking that to even suggest something like "cap and trade" would be no less than treason against the clan.
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    Republicans are the party of big business interests and believe that proposed climate change legislation could impact their profitability and competitiveness in the global economy.  Indeed the 2008 Republican Party Platform states:

    "As part of a global climate change strategy, Republicans support technology-driven, market-based solutions that will decrease emissions, reduce excess greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, increase energy efficiency, mitigate the impact of climate change where it occurs, and maximize any ancillary benefits climate change might offer for the economy.

    "Republicans caution against the doomsday climate change scenarios peddled by the aficionados of centralized command-and-control government. We can - and should - address the risk of climate change based on sound science without succumbing to the no-growth radicalism that treats climate questions as dogma rather than as situations to be managed responsibly. A robust economy will be essential to dealing with the risk of climate change, and we will insist on reasonable policies that do not force Americans to sacrifice their way of life or trim their hopes and dreams for their children."

    Notice the key buzz based solutions...doomsday climate change growth radicalism...a robust economy is essential in dealing with climate change.  These are all excuses for doing nothing and keeping the status quo.  Beyond the party platform, however, climate change opponents demand that the scientific community provide absolute certainty of their claims.  The arguments for climate change may weigh 95 percent in favor, but they will use the 5 percent against as "concrete evidence that climate change is a hoax."  Republicans put party first...always have. Short term selfish thinking.