Anti-science Sentiment Still Exists June 28, 2009Posted by Dwight Furrow in Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts, politics.
Tags: anti-science agenda, climate change, ethanol industry, how lobbyists influence politics
If you thought the anti-science agenda had disappeared with the Bush Administration you would be wrong.
Via Kevin Drum, last week, an amendment to an appropriations bill banning federal scientists from considering land use changes when calculating greenhouse gas emissions failed by a vote of 30-29. That was a close call
This is a particularly vile attempt to protect the corn industry at the expense of the planet by short-circuiting the science Obama promised would guide his administration….I can’t be too clear or flatfooted about this: there is no respectable or responsible view that growing biofuel feedstock on land that could be used for food does not cause an indirect land use discharge of greenhouse gas, and corn ethanol is the biofuel with the largest indirect land use change effect.
….This is not a close scientific call even though the size of the LUC effect for a given fuel is subject to debate, it’s a disagreement between people who will say anything for money and people who know what they’re talking about….If we are willing to make stuff up and stifle the science with legislation like this, countries like India and China, and the Europeans, have no reason to get on board, especially after the last eight years of Bush administration denial and ignorantism and stasis on climate. It will be a catastrophe.
This is how good ideas die. Lobbyists grab the agenda and write the rules that benefit their industry. And this is not just Republicans trying to circumvent science. Farm state Democrats like Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) are in on it.
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