Sunday, June 9, 2013

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse - Time to Wake Up: GOP Opposition to Climate Science

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent post “Senator Sheldon Whitehouse - Time to Wake Up: GOP Opposition to Climate Science” [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Orlo Stitt (2013) of the Physoc list has called attention to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s speech “Time to Wake Up: GOP Opposition to Climate Science” at Therein Whitehouse says:

(1) “How wise is it for the Republican Party to wed itself to the deniers and proclaim that climate change is a hoax?”

(2) “I’m willing to do a carbon pollution fee that sets the market in balance, and returns every single dollar to the American people. No new agencies. No new taxes. No bigger government. Every dollar back. Just a balanced market, with the costs included in the price, which will make better energy choices, increase jobs, and prevent pollution."

In my opinion, regarding:

“1”: Whitehouse is correct in asserting that the Republican Party has “wed itself to the [climate change] deniers.” At are the quotes of 23 Senators (all Republicans, 50% of the 46 Republicans in the Senate) and 81 Congressmen (all Republicans, 35% of the 234 Republicans in the House) who deny the deleterious effects of anthropomorphic climate change. Their uninformed statements indicate their appalling science illiteracy and that of the voters who elected them.

Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress are almost as unenlightened as Republicans - see “Few Democrats In Congress Support Capps Climate Legislation” (IT, 2013) at - hence Hansen's (2013) proposal at for a new “American Party.”

“2”: Whitehouse is in the economically sagacious company of: (a) conservatives George Schultz and Gary Becker (2013) in “Why We Support a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax” at; and (b) James Hansen (2013) in “The Courage to Fight Climate Change” [Hansen & Romm (2013)] at

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”
-Worthy of - but misattributed to - Plato (427-347 BC)

REFERENCES [URL’s shortened by and accessed on 09 June 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. “Senator Sheldon Whitehouse - Time to Wake Up: GOP Opposition to Climate Science” online on the OPEN! Net-Gold archives at Post of 8 Jun 2013 19:40:10-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being distributed to various discussion lists.

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