Roger L. Simon

My liberal friends don't want to talk about global warming anymore

All of a sudden… well, not quite all of a sudden, but recently… I have noticed my liberal friends (except for the most extreme and knee-jerk) are not very interested in discussing man-made global warming. The subject rarely comes up and, when it does, it is passed over quickly, given only a nod. It’s as if that was last year’s – or last decade’s – fad, at the very moment the House of Representatives has been browbeaten by LaPelosita into voting for a cap-and-trade bill no known person has read, let alone understood.

Scratching my head, I watched CSPAN when John Boehner read a bit of it on the house floor. Then my local congressman Henry Waxman received his plaudits as sponsor of the bill. I wondered if, somewhere deep inside him, Henry was worried. I know he has virtually no scientific training. He has even admitted in hearings that he relies on “experts.” Doesn’t he ever wonder if he picked the wrong ones? Is he aware of accusations the EPA just suppressed a skeptical global warming report from a graduate of CalTech and MIT? (Yes, I know his MIT degree is economics, but the CalTech is physics. Henry’s degree is in poli sci from UCLA.) Oh, well, history will resolve this – or not. In the short term I suggest Waxman et al have a read of Brecht’s Galileo. [Useless. They’ll probably think they’re Galileo and not the reactionary prelates.-ed. You’re right. My bad.]

Anyway, it’s clear that the natives are restless. According to The Hill, One Democrat was upset that his leaders would needlessly force vulnerable Dems to vote for a bill that will come back to haunt them. Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor (D) voted against the measure that he says will die in the Senate.

“A lot of people walked the plank on a bill that will never become law,” Taylor told The Hill after the gavel came down.

It will be interesting to see whether Obama will really put his weight behind this one – or if he will let LaPelosita twist.