I'm not sure what the origin of the term is, but calling Congressional Republicans bat-shit crazy sounds so right to me. They're acting insane on many issues, but global warming is where their disconnect from reality reaches its zenith.
I've never seen a political party in this country go so far astray from facts. We're not talking here about a difference of opinion, a philosophical dispute, or a questioning of which data are more accurate.
No, the freshly empowered Republicans who have taken control of the House of Representatives are purely and simply lying. So I'll amend my description of them into bat-shit crazy liars.
This is even more objectionable, because I can excuse craziness.
We all go a bit (or a lot) outside of the sane range from time to time, especially under extreme stress. I can understand how the spectre of Barack Obama -- all rational, calm, cool, and collected -- could push hot-headed right-wingers into saying crazy stuff.
But it's become clear that Congressional Republicans like House Energy chair Fred Upton are consciously lying about global warming. Only two years ago he said, "Climate change is a serious problem that necessitates serious solutions."
As part of its most comprehensive study of climate change to date, the National Research Council today issued three reports emphasizing why the U.S. should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.
The reports by the Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, are part of a congressionally requested suite of five studies known as America's Climate Choices.
...The compelling case that climate change is occurring and is caused in large part by human activities is based on a strong, credible body of evidence, says Advancing the Science of Climate Change, one of the new reports.
While noting that there is always more to learn and that the scientific process is never "closed," the report emphasizes that multiple lines of evidence support scientific understanding of climate change. The core phenomenon, scientific questions, and hypotheses have been examined thoroughly and have stood firm in the face of serious debate and careful evaluation of alternative explanations.
"Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for — and in many cases is already affecting — a broad range of human and natural systems," the report concludes.
I've lost all respect for Congressional Republicans. Reluctantly, really.
My mother was an avid lifelong Republican. I grew up reading National Review and William F. Buckley. Back then (the early '60s), conservatives were intelligent, thoughtful, and respectful of both science and opposing views.
Now, the Washington D.C. variety have turned into truth-denying morons.
They don't even claim to put forward alternative facts that would purportedly explain why 2010 was the hottest year on record (tied with 2005) and the past decade was the hottest ten years ever, while carbon dioxide spewed out by humans has increased in amounts that predict this much global warming.
The bizarre behavior of Republicans would be amusing, if the need to develop alternative energy sources and reduce our nation's carbon footprint wasn't so pressing. The world's oil supply obviously is limited. Peak oil, when production plateaus, is near at hand, if not already here.
Yet the non-geniuses in Congress with an "R" after their name want to preserve multi-billion dollar subsidies for oil companies while slashing funding for alternative energy research and development of renewable energy supplies.
Fortunately, they're on the wrong side of public opinion.
Americans strongly support protecting our air and holding polluters accountable
Seventy-seven percent of the public—including 61 percent of Republicans—oppose efforts in Congress to block Clean Air Act updates for carbon dioxide, smog, and other pollutants according to a recent National Resources Defense Council poll.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the EPA needs to do more to hold polluters accountable and protect our air and water.
A recent USA Today/Gallup Poll showed that of the eight actions Congress could take this year, Americans most favor an energy bill that provides incentives for using alternative energy (83 percent).
The vast majority of Republicans—as well as a majority of Americans—oppose the Newt Gingrich plan to dismantle the EPA. More than 75 percent of the respondents oppose congressional efforts to limit the EPA’s authority to enforce the Clean Air Act.
So Republicans are being doubly crazy. While denying scientific facts about global warming, they're also ignoring public opinion about how to deal with climate change. That'll come back to bite them in the next election.