Saturday, August 20, 2011

GOP denial on global warming would conflict with "social conservatism"


Joel Achenbach and Julie Eilperin have a major story on the front page of the Washington Post, “The hot politics of global warming: Topic a ‘wedge’ issue with little change to scientific consensus”,  or “Climate-change science makes for hot politics” online.

The most conservative GOP candidates – Bachmann and Perry – are claiming that “global warming” is an urban legend, as they neglect the mathematical evidence as from films like Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” (2005, Paramount Vantage), as well as his supplementary, illustrated book.

The odd thing, from my perspective, is that global warming would fit a socially conservative agenda, promoting the idea of shared communal and family values and a willingness to suspend self for locally compelling purposes. But even Carlson and Mero, in their 2007 book “The Natural Family: A Manifesto” (reviewed in my books blog Sept. 2009) are that we live in a world of “plenty”.

One irony is that the mechanics of global warming could suddenly lead to an ice age, if the polar ice caps melted and interfered with the Gulf Stream. 

The Post story link is here. 

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