Saturday, February 19, 2011

The latest in maddening right-wing state legislation

Wow, is this ad for real?
Even though we all know that American politics as it exists today is essentially one giant farce of pretend democracy where corporations are the real ones to rule the roost and individual voices mean next to nothing (at least, not until recently), it's not very often that anyone in power is really willing to admit it.  When telling the truth exposes one as a greedy pig, it clearly hurts one's re-election chances. Which is why it's always surprising to see such shameless honesty coming from a newly-elected Tea Party whackjob from none other than the nation's drunkest state, Montana.  State Rep. Joe Read introduced a bill that would declare global warming, climate change, whatever the new definition du jour is, to be not only a naturally-occurring phenomenon that curbing profitable emissions could never fix, but also that 
(2) The legislature finds:

(a) global warming is beneficial to the welfare and business climate of Montana;
(b) reasonable amounts of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere have no verifiable impacts on the environment; and
(c) global warming is a natural occurrence and human activity has not accelerated it.   
He goes on to explain:
Our weather is not going to change drastically. Even if it does get warmer, we’re going to have a longer growing season. It could be very beneficial to the state of Montana. Why are we going to stop this progress?
(Emphasis mine.)

So, to summarize, Global warming is totally not!!!! created by humans at all because he just doesn't feel like it is, and a slightly more mature version of, "Dude, wouldn't it be awesome if it was like, warm all the time?"

I have been sensing an increasing intolerance of dishonesty among my peers, and because of current events here and abroad, I feel comfortable extrapolating that sense further.  This isn't exactly what I envisioned in our collective quest for universal truth and radical honesty, but it achieves exactly the right purpose: exposing idiotic, harmful, dangerous, bloody murderous bullshit for exactly what it is.  Basically, we all knew it was all about the money, or potential to not make as much of it.  We've spent long enough listening to excuses for how that's not true, and fabricated bullshit peddled to the American public in an attempt to cover it up.  Now, one of them has finally admitted aloud what we've known all along: it's all about the profit.  As always.