Yesterday, Kate Shepard over at Mother Jones attempted to figure out what the hell Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thinks about Climate Change this week. She had, uh, very little luck, because his position is completely incoherent. Here’s further proof that we’re a nation of children ruled by liars.
You know what, before we even get all the way into Graham’s position (sexy!), it’s worth remembering that Americans are actually losing belief in Climate Change science. I haven’t seen any polls taken since the BP oil spill, but, generally speaking, shoddy journalism and massive campaigning by Climate Change deniers is having an effect. That, coupled with the fact that the House already passed the Waxman-Markey climate bill — which is only good until January 2011, the end of the current Congressional session — make it more important than ever to pass some kind of climate legislation in the Senate.
After spending much of this year helping draft a climate bill with Sad John Kerry and Sour Patch Kid Joe Lieberman, Graham announced yesterday that he will be voting against his own bill. Then, yesterday, he got all “well no one really knows anything, right, when you think about it” at a press conference with Dicky Lugar. Oh, and Graham also said he’d be supporting Lugar’s engery bill, which doesn’t contain any provisions for capping carbon emissions. If it all sounds confusing, well, welcome to the party, drinks are in the corner.
Passing it off to Shepard now, for the finger roll.
Reporters asked Graham several times about why he was supporting Lugar’s bill, when just a few months ago he had argued that the Senate shouldn’t pass a “half-assed” bill that lacked hard restrictions on carbon emissions. Graham replied that he now doesn’t think pricing carbon is that important. “The science about global warming has changed,” he noted, offhandedly. “I think they’ve oversold this stuff, quite frankly. I think they’ve been alarmist and the science is in question,” Graham told reporters.
So, so, so, Graham doesn’t believe in the science behind the bill he was writing. Ha. We went on to give what Shepard referred to as a “humdinger” of an explanation of his belief about Climate Change.
It’s not a stretch to say that what goes into the air is contributing to global warming, but I don’t want to be in the camp that says I know people in Northern Virginia will never see snow. At the end of the day, I think carbon pollution is worthy of being controlled, whether you believe in global warming or not.
He goes on, and it isn’t pretty. Here’s that Shepard link again, for the full response.