Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[politics] The global warming clown car

Here’s a squib I just heard on NPR, and then picked up on that bastion of pinko liberalism, The Washington Post: Cheney Aides Altered CDC Testimony, Agency Official Says. That would specifically be testimony on “the health threats posed by global warming.”

We know from prior episodes that there was wholesale censorship at NASA of climate change information, even in press releases. So just to be clear — my conservative friends tell me global warming is a myth, not supported by scientific evidence. Meanwhile, our conservative administration censors that scientific evidence, bolstering the conservative view on global warming. How tidy.

Nice work if you can get it, but supremely unsurprising for the intellectually bankrupt amoralists who compromise the contemporary Republican party. Here’s the punchline, though, what had me laughing out loud in the car:

According to NPR (not cited in the WaPo story), Cheney’s office has stated the edits were made because the testimony was contradicted by the findings of UN scientists.

This would be the same UN Republicans have loathed with a passion for the past half-century and worked actively to undermine for the past quarter-century? The same UN that was so wrong on Saddam’s WMDs that Cheney’s office had to establish the Iraq Study Group to end run around the UN as well as the vast majority of the US intelligence community? The UN which is simultaneously the laughingstock and bugaboo of conservative cranks from coast to coast?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not irredeemably stupid. In this context, that is the most bizarre political explanation I can imagine, especially coming from Cheney’s office. It doesn’t even begin to pass the giggle test.

But hey, no scientific evidence, right? The UN says so, it must be true. Nothing to see here, please move along citizens or we’ll move you.

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