Now that the Republicans are in complete control of Congress, what do you think their going to do about climate change (especially since 2014 is now the hottest year since climate measurements started)? They haven’t formally announced their strategy for dealing with climate change, but I have a feeling it’s going to involve trying to stop scientists from making accurate measurements of the average global temperature. After all, if there’s no statistics showing global warming, then there’s no global warming, right?
Ok, I confess: I’m not using a crystal ball here. I’m using Google.
An amendment from Representative Scott Perry (R–PA), adopted on a voice vote, would bar spending money on a number of government climate assessments and reports, including the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s National Climate Assessment (NCA). The president has used the most recent NCA, released last month, to bolster his Climate Action Plan to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
This is actually a pretty ingenious, if nefarious, plan. By cutting funding on climate assessments, and shutting down remote weather stations, the Republicans can, in effect, make all those pesky facts go away. And if some non-governmental agency or organization steps in to re-activate those weather stations and take accurate measurements of climate trends, all the Republicans have to do is to accuse them of bias, and call their results “unofficial.” It’s the environmental equivalent of taking the battery out of the smoke detector so it won’t wake you up at night.
Conspiracy theory? We’ll see. Somebody remind me next December to check up on this prediction, and if I’m wrong, I’ll say I’m wrong. But somehow I don’t think I’m going to be wrong.