Sunday, June 25, 2006

Global Warming and Conservative Response

It has been very shameful on respected columnists like George Will and Charles Krauthammer who have been doubting the science behind the Global Warming. What is bad is for these intellectuals there is no reason to be blind towards developing challenges apart from simple ideological biases – Global Warming is an issue earlier raised by Environmentalists and Liberal and that is it – it must be wrong then for these ideologues.

Now that Congress authorized body National Science Foundation has come up with the clear scientific report; it is hard for Congress to ignore this developing crisis.
Congress asked that body specifically to guide and now they have spoken. Hopefully all these conservative columnists now realize their foolishness and start working on how to address the problem on hand.

There in lies the fundamental problem. Before scientific community to come back with emphatic evidence, these intellectuals doubted the science. Now they are going to doubt about any remedy proposed. Their argument will what Pres. Bush has been arguing – jobs will be lost and average Americans will suffer if we start to address the Global Warming issue. As if there are no sane policies with minimal to zero job impact. Otherwise also, what do you do then? Keep allowing this catastrophe to develop and blame it on Liberals and Sinners of this world? It is quite possible that Pat Robertson will soon issue fatwa to kill all Gay people as a remedy to avoid Global Warming.

So the way political story is going to develop in next few years is – Conservatives as the true care takers of general employable people of America and Karl Roves of the world will portray Democrats as job killers! It will not stop there – as is the wont of Norquist politicians; Republicans will find more avenues of Tax Cuts under the pretext of combating Global Warming. It is bound to happen.

What needs to happen is to explain American public whose profits may get impacted by policies to combat Global Warming and what adjustment common Americans will have to do. Common people will do what is needed, provided all the ideological debates and wasted interests are bare open. That is the need of the hour going forward now that science behind Global Warming is on solid grounds.

Umesh Patil
San Jose, CA 95111
June 25, 2006.

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