Sen. John Barrasso continued his campaign yesterday to stop the Obama administration from incorporating climate change into federal plans and policies, taking aim at an interagency report released in October that proposed ways for the federal government to respond to increased frequency of severe weather events and other effects of global warming….
Barrasso said that even the climate change adaptation efforts recommended in the report “will kill jobs, weaken our energy security and decrease economic growth.”
Right-wing to Americans: No mitigation, no clean energy deployment, no clean energy R&D, no adaptation. In short, you are on your own!
Bizarrely, the honest brokers and breakthrough bunch actually believe they can spend their time attacking climate science and climate scientists and cap-and-trade and aggressive clean energy deployment in order to ingratiate themselves into partnership with the right-wing, in the hopes of some sort of trickle-down, post-partisan climate policy.
But for conservatives, if you’re in the pocket of Big Oil and the corporate polluters, you’re going to demand cuts — not increases — in R&D for the clean energy competition, as you have for decades (see NY Times on “The dirty energy party”: “The Republican agenda is breathtakingly negative”).
And if you don’t believe in climate change, why on Eaarth would you spend a nickel adapting to it? Here’s more from the E&E Daily story, “Barrasso intensifies efforts to stop Obama admin’s focus on adaptation” (subs. req’d), which makes that painfully clear: