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Supreme Court to Fact-Check Bush’s Global Warming Distortions

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Posted on Jun 26, 2006
George W. Bush
From ronlim.com

President Bush is still in denial over the fact that human-produced carbon emissions play a large if not dominant role in global warming.

On the very day that Bush again peddled the blatant misrepresentation that “there’s a debate over whether [global warming] is man-made or naturally caused,” the Supreme Court injected some sanity into our discourse by announcing it will decide whether the federal government must regulate emissions of new cars to combat global warming.

Bush’s claims are only slightly more ludicrous in light of the fact that he made them while Washington, D.C., stands submerged in 18 inches of global-warming-propelled storm water.


ABC News (excerpted portion starts on pg. 2):

... And the president amid this morning’s wind and rain?

In the White House, only hours after that old elm had fallen, Bush was addressed by a reporter, thus: “I know that you are not planning to see Al Gore’s new movie, but do you agree with the premise that global warming is a real and significant threat to the planet?”

“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?”

The President ? as far as the extensive and repeated researches of this and many other professional journalists, as well as all scientists credible on this subject, can find ? is wrong on one crucial and no doubt explosive issue. When he said ? as he also did a few weeks ago ? that “There’s a debate over whether it’s manmade or naturally caused” ? well, there really is no such debate.

At least none above what is proverbially called “the flat earth society level.”

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AFP:

The US Supreme Court decided it will weigh whether the federal government must regulate emissions of new cars to combat global warming as demanded by environmental groups and some state and city authorities.

The case could open the way for the high court to deliver a crucial ruling on how the US government enforces environmental laws.

Since 2003, 12 US states, several cities and a dozen environmental groups have waged a legal battle against the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has chosen not to curb greenhouse emissions on new cars.

The EPA maintains that the federal Clean Air Act does not address global climate change and that carbon dioxide is not defined as a pollutant under the law. The administration of President George W. Bush has advocated voluntary controls instead of mandatory limits on emissions.

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By whydidyouvotehimin, June 27, 2006 at 11:52 pm Link to this comment
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Its funny how the people that voted for Bush and were so adamant about him in the begining want him out of office so quickly…lol…human judgement at its finest.

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By Ron Ranft, June 27, 2006 at 11:34 pm Link to this comment
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This is what happens when you elect people who either failed to attend Science Class, or the National Guard meetings. Since they don’t understand it, there must be some debate about it. Of course voluntary emission controls work, for the corporations that do all the emitting. They volunteer not to do anything to keep them from making every buck that they can. The irony is that when it finally all comes to a screeching halt, none of their money will keep them from perishing along with the rest of us. Waves, wind, heat, cold don’t give a shit how much money you have!

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By Paul D. Crowther, June 27, 2006 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment
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How much can the Supreme Court be depended on to render a sensible judgment?

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By lifewriter, June 27, 2006 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment
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Brilliant minds think alike.  Just ask Stephen Hawking.  http://english.ohmynews.com/ArticleView/article_view.asp?menu=A11100&no=298798&rel_no=1&back;_url=

But there are differences between the points our fearless leader makes and those expressed by our MS debilitated Hawking.  Funny the way the world works.  Who was it in It’s a Wonderful Life that said “Youth is wasted on the wrong people!”  in this case, it’s not youth, instead it is health.

Here we have perhaps the greatest thinking mind of our time, a man that’s lightyears ahead of Einstein, a man that’s intrigued thousands and thousands with his insight into the slow maturation of the universe, and we’re instead stuck with a greedy oil glutton bent on profiteering, when we could be embracing our celestial selves.

Exhausted and distraught by Bush’s comments, I find myself tired of the constant party line / repetitive messaging that the Pentagon is feeding into Bush’s ear prompter.  Why has war and military industry finance overtaken our fragile world?  Why have we let this tired book of falsehoods become a best seller?  Haven’t we grown far and wide as a people?  Haven’t we made great strides?  Look at how much we’ve as an American people, done to change the world for the better.  When the people of Rwanda were busy massacring one another with machetes, our UN reps spoke of genocide in terms of semantics, splitting hairs while we busied ourselves “building nations” in North Africa.  And now Darfur is busy annihilating one another, and we’re pointing our nukes at North Korea, and telling Iran that August is “too late.” 

In the end, my dear choir, I’ll preach the Gospel of Stephen, over all the others.  I’d encourage everyone to understand that we’re lining ourselves up neatly for nuclear holocaust, with this idiot at the helm; his father’s legacy is our demise.  We disapprove of his interpretation of the way that changes are occurring in our climate, which by the way will take hundreds of thousands of years to undo, for war unnamed, and unprovoked, for tomorrow’s children born into containment camps, and disease…time to pull the bastard from office. He and all his minions. Word.

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By suzanne, June 27, 2006 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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W = CO2 squared

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By Robert, June 27, 2006 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment
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He can’t do anything about global warming because doing so would involve him in dumping capitalism in favor of an economic system based upon human need and not greed.  That’s too much to expect of such an ideologically driven individual.  Which means that, just as he knew that Saddam Hussein had no WMD, he surely knows that global warming is manmade.  He can’t admit it, though, because in doing so, he’d be committing himself to doing something about it.

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By John Earl, June 27, 2006 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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I guess it’s all up to the Lord now.

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By Kit Stolz, June 27, 2006 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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Much as I hope that the Supremes rule that the EPA has the obligation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, I’m a little puzzled by the assumption that this will be the ruling when it comes down this fall. Outside of the fact that the court took the case against the wishes of the Bush administration, is there any real evidence for that assumption?

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By C Quil, June 27, 2006 at 8:19 am Link to this comment
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Earth to Bush - the jury isn’t out any more on climate change. It’s delivered guilty verdicts for years and years and years. Are you listening?

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By Joan J, June 27, 2006 at 5:14 am Link to this comment
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Reminds me of some of my less able slow learner students.  Hard to get an idea in.  Impossible to get it out or modify it. 

I seem to remember that the descriptive term at one time was “concrete”.

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By Joe Sedlak, June 27, 2006 at 2:18 am Link to this comment
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The only debate on global warming ongoing in the Bush White House seems to be about the setting of the thermostat. “Turn it down, it’s getting pretty warm in here.” Must be another excuse heating up!

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By G.Anderson, June 26, 2006 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment
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Help me I’m and idiot and I don’t know what to say.

I’ve lied so often that I can’t remember what’s truth and what’s fiction anymore.

I need to talk to Dick Cheney…. I always feel so much better after a word with Dick..

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By RogerARTcom, June 26, 2006 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment
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There’s a debate over whether [global warming] is manmade or naturally caused ?

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