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by Dr. Forbush @ 6:42 pm
Today at the White House George W Bush was quoted in an answer to a question about Global Warming spurred by the recent unusual weather in Washington DC saying the following.
“I have said consistently,” answered Bush, “that global warming is a serious problem. There’s a debate over whether it’s manmade or naturally caused. We ought to get beyond that debate and start implementing the technologies necessary … to be good stewards of the environment, become less dependent on foreign sources of oil…”
Originally posted by dgtempe
answered Bush....There’s a debate over whether it’s manmade or naturally caused. We ought to get beyond that debate
1. There is no scientific debate about whether human activity is contributing to global warming. Science Magazine analyzed 928 peer-reviewed scientific papers on global warming published between 1993 and 2003. Not a single one challenged the scientific consensus the earth’s temperature is rising due to human activity. In 2002, the Bush administration’s EPA concluded that global warming the the last 20 years was “due mostly to human activity.”
In December 2002, Bush announced that his administration planned to study the issue of climate change for five more years rather than be forced into any action regulating fossil fuel emissions. The question of global warming was put on the back burner.
Midway into Bush’s first term, the Panel, a United Nations sponsored panel consisting of hundreds of scientists, had come to the conclusion in October 2002 that pollution created by humans has “contributed substantially” to global warming.
While the Bush administration officially “studied” global warming, his right-wing ideological allies at the competitive Enterprise Institute and the Reason Public Policy Institute publicly derided global warming as some paranoid liberal hoax. Meanwhile, renowned Department of Defense security planner Andrew Marshall led a secret team of risk assessment experts who found global warming to be a greater threat to U.S. national security than al Qaeda. Marshall drafted Peter Schwartz, the former head of planning at Royal Dutch Shell Group, among others, to study what the president was dedicated to ignoring. Co-author Schwartz said that climate change “should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a U.S. national security concern.”
The Pentagon “secret report” on global warming emerged briefly, albeit in Britain, as an election year issue. While neither Bush nor Kerry seemed overly concerned with debating the contentious issue of global warming, the British Observer ran the following lead on Sunday, February 2, 2004: “Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters.”