by Kevin Theis
There is little left open to debate when it comes to climate change. That emissions from automobiles, factories and homes has forever altered weather patterns, shrunk icebergs and raised sea levels is now established fact. Only the truly far-right wing fringe dares to suggest that global climate change is a fantasy. The only question is: what do we do about it and how fast can we do it.
To address this issue, the United States Senate convened a meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to address this urgent matter. And that's when things got ugly. From CNN:
"Republicans boycotted a Senate committee hearing Tuesday on a major bill to
reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change."
Charming. As with the health care debate, the stimulus package and virtually every other important piece of legislation that this Congress and this President want to address, the Republicans are digging in their heels and cementing themselves as the "Party of No."
I don't just mean that they are not contributing to the debate and trying to stifle discussion of these matters. Its worse than that. They are the party of no ideas, no solutions, no flexibility, no fairness, no obligation to their constituents and no soul.
Chairman Barbara Boxer continued the meeting, despite the absence of the minority party members and good for her. We cannot continue to let these morons try to run the show.
They're the minority party. Let's treat them that way.