Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Global Warming

Dennis Prager's latest article takes on the seemingly bizarre disjunction between how Liberals and Conservatives look at global warming. Liberals see it as a huge problem; conservatives see it as nothing to get worked up about.

He notes that we can't call the Republicans bigots over this one (which is apparently our favorite tactic). And he writes out desire to support Big Business with a blase "most conservatives don't own big businesses."
Conservatives don't care about global warming because they prefer corporate profits to saving the planet.

But such an explanation could not explain the vast majority of conservatives who are not in any way tied into the corporate world (like this writer, who has no stocks and who, moreover, regards big business as amoral as leftists do).
Kind of a sad response. I need hardly point out that while many Conservatives in the field might be find attacking big business, the media figures they admire and respect, people like Rush Limbaugh and, well, Dennis Prager, are all conclusively in the tank for Big Business. And on an issue like this, where the science doesn't seem certain, you tend to listen to people you trust.

He spends the rest of the article explaining that Liberals are cowardly jerks for caring about Global Warming ending with another pathetic shot across the Liberal bow.
One day, our grandchildren may ask us what we did when Islamic fascism threatened the free world. Some of us will say we were preoccupied with fighting that threat wherever possible; others will be able to say they fought carbon dioxide emissions. One of us will look bad.
There's a couple of lairs of crap here. First of all there's the implication that Liberals don't care about fighting Islamic Terror and don't care about saving American lives. This is a gross canard, and as you all know, being opposed to President Bush's plan to fight terror doesn't mean that one likes terror or is supportive of it.

But in another sense, Prager is right. Barring the second coming, Global Warming will either becoming obvious enough that anybody can see it, or it will be exposed as a hoax. And he's right; our grand children may well have an opinion on whether or not we took this threat to the as seriously as we ought to have.

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