Friday, March 23, 2007

An Inconvenient Fever

The Hill is alive, with the sound of musing.

A passionate former Vice President Al Gore warned two congressional panels Tuesday that environmentally "we are facing a planetary emergency" because of climate change fueled by emissions of greenhouse gasses. He urged that we take drastic action because we're facing a feverish planet and dwindling time.

But an unmoved Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) mused that Gore was wrong, and rejected Gore's call to action with a flat, "we're not going to do it."

The in-your-face Inhofe rejected Gore's educated testimony, preferring to nurse his narrow ideological biases. As a bible-quoting ultra-conservative, Inhofe rejects global warming as the "second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state."

This big-oil-loving, gay bashing, torture condoning, flat-earth Inhofe is what is wrong with religion, and government. Malicious ignorance.

Inhofe is but one more example of a for-sale dim-bulb lawmaker who has crawled into bed with lobbyists. And make no mistake, Inhofe and his ilk worship at the money trough.... contributions Inhofe has received from the energy and natural resource sector since taking office have exceeded $1,300,000 dollars. That's his real religion.

So, Gore was left to try to intellectually persuade a rude and uncomprehending Inhofe and his like-minded cronies on both committees. For although Gore has the scientific community and facts on his side, the greedy unhinged can obstruct government action.

Gore posited that stemming global warming was "a challenge to our moral imagination."

But "moral" is a foreign concept to the mulishly-musing "Inhofes" on the Hill.

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