They never stop do they? I’m talking about fringe right-wingers’ constant attacks on anything to do with global warming. One of the easiest and most used attacks is the scientific underpinnings behind policy initiatives. Rep. Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud, H.D.49) said yesterday that the research underlying Gov. Bill Ritter’s Climate Action Plan is … flawed.
“We can’t lose sight of the fact that it’s predicated on junk science,” [he] said.
‘Lundberg said it has not been settled scientifically that man-made carbon-dioxide emissions contribute to global warming.’
Wrong. A key finding of the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment was that warming of the climate system is unequivocal. Another key conclusion was that most of the increase in world temperatures was due to the corresponding increase in human greenhouse gas concentrations. Thousands of scientists worldwide were involved in the research leading up to the latest IPCC report. The IPCC is made up of representatives sent by governments and organizations across the world.
But let’s entertain for one moment the fantasy that Lundberg is correct. What would that mean? That a global, intergovernmental conspiracy exists with the goal of fooling everyone else about what’s going on in our climate system. Is Rep. Lundberg a conspiracist? Or is he parroting talking points developed by the fossil fuel industry to forestall a change in our energy policy?
Maybe Rep. Lundberg has outstanding qualifications to be able to evaluate the integrity of the science underpinning Gov. Ritter’s plan. He holds a B.A. from Rockmont College (formerly the Denver Bible College) in history and social science. Wait, he has a Bachelor of Arts in history and social science? Not a B.S. or an M.S. or a Ph.D. in atmospheric science or climate science? What science classes has Rep. Lundberg completed? No, Rep. Lundberg is not qualified to objectively determine the validity of science involved in Gov. Ritter’s plan. He’s another fringe rightist looking for some attention and now he’s got some.
By the way, Lilias Jarding has said she’s running against Lundberg in this fall’s election. “When people do not have healthy food, a safe place to live, quality education and an adequate income, they cannot enjoy the blessings of liberty and their rights as Americans,” she said to a group last month. Sounds like a much better representative for H.D.49.