Thursday, February 08, 2007

Global Warming: Bush is doing to World what he did to New Orleans

Global Warming: Bush is doing to World what he did to New Orleans

Green Party of the United States

Monday, February 5, 2007

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624,
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,

Greens call Bush's tampering with scientific research on global warming an impeachable offense


Congress must hold Bush accountable for placing U.S. and world at risk by manipulating scientific reports to fit reckless, pro-corporate energy policies

"Bush is doing to the world what he did to New Orleans"

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders demanded that Congress hold the Bush Administration accountable for tampering with scientific research on global warming, calling President Bush's interference and dishonesty an impeachable conspiracy to commit 'high crimes and misdemeanors.'

"The Bush Administration is doing to the whole world what it did to New Orleans as Katrina began to descend on the city," said Rebecca Rotzler, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and Deputy Mayor of New Paltz, New York. "By altering scientific research on global warming to fit his political agenda and refusing to take necessary steps to protect the public, President Bush has aggravated an impending environmental, public health, and security crisis.

Greens cited mounting evidence of such tampering, including complaints from more than 120 scientists from seven federal agencies that they've been pressured to remove references to global warming from research reports, press releases, and communications with Congress .

Last week, scientists from 113 countries meeting at the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Paris warned that destructive effects of global warming, in which human consumption of energy has led to a global concentration of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere, were probably inevitable, with a likely temperature rises of 3.2-7.1 degrees Fahrenheit . (Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: )

"Congress must recognize the Bush Administration's tampering with studies on global warming and other scientific research as an impeachable offense," said Jody Grage, treasurer of the Green Party. "Ever since Vice President Cheney initiated private meetings with oil company representatives to determine energy policy, the administration has placed the demands for corporate profits over urgent human and environmental needs."

Green Party leaders called recent news of a White House directive that gave President Bush greater control over the rules and policy statements that federal government agencies develop to protect the environment, public health, and safety (as well as civil rights and privacy) further indication that the Bush Administration was manipulating public policy in these areas to benefit favored corporate interests.

The Green Party has called for the U.S. to sign on to the Kyoto accords and to take the lead on a 70% reduction of CO2 emissions, as well as a rapid transition to clean and secure alternative energy sources, energy conservation, reduced reliance on cars, and a phase-out on fossil fuel dependence and nuclear energy. The party advocates restructuring of local, national, and global economies, with investment and creation of new jobs in conservation and conversion to renewable solar and wind power, taxes on fossil fuel consumption, and bans on new drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness areas.

Greens have already called for impeachment of President Bush and Vice President for deceiving the public about the U.S.'s reasons for invading Iraq and numerous other abuses of power. News of a proposed law giving U.S. and U.K. oil companies lucrative 30-year deals to extract Iraqi oil has confirmed that oil company interests are driving U.S. energy policy, and that desire for U.S. corporate control over Iraqi oil fields was a major motivation for the Iraq War .

1 comment:

Jason Nabewaniec said...

Why Bother?
Fellow Citizens:
Life seems crazy. Frequently I ask myself,
"Why bother trying to make sense of people, of
our culture? Why bother trying to make it
'sane', if one cannot imagine any way to do

I believe that most people who profess faith in
traditional religions are sincere, but I also think
they're crazy. I have faith in science, in Darwin,
and global warming. I have faith that 'this' life,
albeit brief and apparently meaningless, is of
value, worthy of being considered sacred. I
believe our purpose in 'this' life is to (try to)
experience it's richness to the fullest extent
possible, finding meaning in loving
relationships, and caring about the legacy we
pass on to our descendents.

I seem to be almost alone in my faith in
science. The present generation, as have many
past ones, seems to be unconcerned and
unaware about a horrific legacy we're passing

Scientific knowledge strongly suggests that
we're depleting and degrading and changing the
biosphere upon which we depend for our lives.
I think a lot of people are putting their money
on human ingenuity and technological
advances to stay one step ahead of the changes
we're inducing on earth. For example, if global
warming leads to widespread climatic change
that adversely affects agriculture, we'll adapt by
developing genetically engineered crops
particularly suited to those changes, or so the
thinking goes. Perhaps so, but I wouldn't bet on
it, not when the well-being and survival of my
descendents depends upon it.

It may not be possible at this point to achieve
the very radical and rapid cultural changes,
which might possibly avert a truly catastrophic
degree of future climate change, a change that
will bring the extinction perhaps of most of the
species now inhabiting our planet, resulting in a
relatively barren earth in comparison to today.
Even if this doesn't come to pass, our present
population growth and over-consumption of
natural resources signals big trouble ahead, and
not that far into the future. The scientific
handwriting is on the wall, but few are reading
it and fewer still are heeding its call to
revolutionary action.

This ignorance and indifference are as great a
mystery to me as are the origins and ultimate
meaning of life itself. We must stop this
reckless gambling with the legacy we pass on
to future generations.
There are many formidable people in this
world, people who can accomplish great things
when they set their mind to it. Such people are
desperately needed to apply their talents to
bringing about a green revolution in politics
and culture. I appeal to your sense of
responsibility to your descendents. Do what
you can, in your own way, to bring about
revolution. Join the green party, become more
politically active, and try to influence those in
your circle. Find meaning in the effort. It's
easy, because the alternative, 'why bother?’ is
sacrilegious. If too many of us say 'why
bother?’ we're only demonstrating our species'
unfitness for the great gift of life.

by Terry Gerych
Green Party Member