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Jan 28, 2009
You have to love Representative Michelle Bachmann. If the name doesn't ring a bell, no worries. She's a relatively obscure Republican back-bencher in the House from Minnesota most famous for her blowup on TV last year with Chris Matthews.

In that segment, she intimated that then Senator Obama was "anti-American" and suggested that several members of Congress might also be anti-American. When pressed for names, she suggested a commission be created to determine the answer. That two-minute clip almost cost her her seat in a district that is overwhelmingly Republican.

It appears as though her close call hasn't diminished her capacity for saying wonderfully ignorant things. Salon reported yesterday on an exchange Bachmann had with former Vice President Al Gore during inauguration last week in which she effectively taunted him about global warming due to this single temperature-appropriate (cold) day in Washington:

"On the Inauguration Day, Dr. Tom Price [GOP U.S. congressman from Georgia] can attest to this--we were freezing to death, sitting there during the inauguration, with our blankets huddled up there," Bachmann said. "We were asking Al Gore when he came in through the door, 'Hey Al, is it cold enough for you down there? This isn’t exactly a global warming day.'"

You can catch the whole piece here.

She also claimed on a conference call earlier this week that according to her meteorologist brother, we're actually experiencing global cooling, not global warming. Take that, Al Gore!

My guess is that Rep. Bachmann is angling for a science adviser position in the new administration.
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Posted: Jan 28, 2009 11:00am
Dec 17, 2008

While the U.S. focuses on the unfolding scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the latest twists and turns in the financial crisis (The "Insane Revelation of the Week" going to the $50 billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernie Madoff that somehow the SEC missed. Whoops.), the world continues to address the climate change issue with this year's Climate Change Conference, just concluded in Poznan, Poland.

Not surprisingly, the Bush administration has continued its refusal to engage with the world community on any mandatory caps on carbon. It is almost a literal example of Nero fiddling while Rome burns (though not sure that Bush can manage a fiddle all that well). And the U.S. is not the only country that is acting as a barrier to real progress being made on the issue.

The good news is that the world community knows that the incoming Obama administration wants to lead and engage.

Our friends at NRDC were there. Jake Schmidt, the International Climate Change director for the group, posted what I thought was a great summary on their excellent Switchboard Blog site of what came out of the conference and how the issue can be expected to move forward in 2009. Check it out.

 

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Jun 8, 2006
I'm no scientist and I have to admit that some of the specifics go over my head.

But I do read the papers and watch the news and I know the factoids and stories that we see and hear all the time: 19 of the 20 hottest years on record have occurred since 1980, the number of named storms during our hurricane season has increased dramatically (a record number of 28 named storms in 2005), and polar bears drowning in the arctic because their ice floes are melting right under them.

Yes, on some level, I sound like I'm writing dialogue for Dennis Quaid from disaster flick "The Day after Tomorrow", but there is a lot more to it than what the average person sees or reads about (or cares to digest) on a regular basis.


With the Time magazine cover articles from April and the new Al Gore movie "An Inconvenient Truth", I'm hopeful that after years, there might finally be the political will (forced by we the people, of course) to actually do something beyond dispute facts that are pretty much indisputable--unless of course you're a scientist funded by companies who produce fossil fuels.

There's a cool (pun intended!) discussion going on at Care2 around global warming, including guest experts talking about the science of global warming.

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=714&pst=475534

Maybe just as important, we hope there will be a discussion about the policies that can make a difference and how each of us can make a difference in our daily lives. If we all change just a little, it can add up to a lot. Yesterday and today, the GW site is featuring Bill Chameides, the Chief Scientist for Environmental Defense. Send him a question! And if you're skeptical, even better. It's time for an honest conversation and figuring out what we need to do together.
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