As scientists announce that the 2000s were the hottest decade in recorded history, U.S. senators are working to outlaw the reality of global warming. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration reported yesterday that 2009 is “tied with a cluster of other years — 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007 — as the second warmest year since recordkeeping began,” after 2005, the hottest year in history. Meanwhile, thirty-nine senators introduced a resolution to reverse the finding that global warming pollution is a threat to public health and welfare:
Ms. [Lisa] Murkowski (R-AK), joined by 35 Republicans and three conservative Democrats, proposed to use the Congressional Review Act to strip the agency of the power to limit emissions of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The Supreme Court gave the agency legal authority to regulate such emissions in a landmark 2007 ruling.
After years of suppression and interference by the George W. Bush White House, the Environmental Protection Agency finally found last month that “greenhouse gases taken in combination endanger both the public health and the public welfare of current and future generations.” The Democrats co-sponsoring Senate Joint Resolution 26 to overturn the endangerment finding are Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).
Matt Yglesias comments:
The speed from which we went from being a normal country in which both major party presidential candidates were committed to doing something about the climate crisis to one in which influential groups in both parties are so fanatically devoted to the interests of dirty energy producers that they’re ready to gut the Clean Air Act is staggering.