The Unintentional Truthiness of Karl Rove: "Climate is Gone"


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On election day, Republican strategist Karl Rove may have let more truth slip than he's typically comfortable with. At a conference for shale gas drilling companies, he gave a speech about how the incoming Congress "sure as heck" won't pass legislation that would limit greenhouse gas emissions. "Climate is gone," he said. It very well may be, Mr. Rove, if you get your way. Rove was of course referring to the American Clean Energy and Security Act, passed in the House of Representatives, and its counterpart, which stalled and was eventually aborted in the Senate. He means that efforts to place a limit on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions corporations can let into the atmosphere are gone -- and Obama himself agrees; the president acknowledged that it will be years before climate and clean energy reform could be back on the table.

Here's the Philadelphia Inquirer on Rove's speech: "Climate is gone," said Rove, the keynote speaker on the opening day of a two-day shale-gas conference sponsored by Hart Energy Publishing L.L.P. And Rove told the trade show, "I don't think you need to worry" the new Congress will consider proposed legislation to put the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing under federal rather than state regulation."

Of course, fracking is controversial because it requires drilling deep into sedentary rock to create wells, and produces a number of severely destructive impacts in the process. There are concerns both about environmental impacts and the human health effects. In other words, it's something that perhaps should be regulated to protect both. But back to Rove's double entendre-laden speech ...

Rove has done as much as anyone to prevent climate policy from taking root in the US by organizing multi-million dollar opposition campaigns, spreading anti-climate rhetoric through various conservative news channels, and helping devise the GOP strategy to flat-out ignore or deny that global climate change is a real issue to prevent.

So I think that Brad Johnson's summation over at Think Progress is apt: "Rove's pronouncement that the "climate is gone" may be more accurate than he realizes. The Geological Society of London is warning that the planet will take 100,000 years to recover from man's global warming pollution, the permanently warmer Arctic is altering weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, and scientists continue to warn that global policy ambitions -- if the United States even acted -- are likely too weak to avoid catastrophe."

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