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Ah, the fallout from the 2010 midterm elections -- it just keeps on getting more depressing, at least from a climate and clean energy perspective. Yes, the folks over at Think Progress did some background research on the incoming Congressmen, and they reveal a disheartening stat: 50% of them outright deny that climate change is real. Nice. Here's the breakdown from Think Progress:
A new ThinkProgress investigation has found that the incoming GOP freshman class is rife with legislators who not only oppose climate change legislation, but deny that manmade global warming even exists ...Hooray! We can now look forward to many more years of the status quo -- which, of course means continued dominance from the heavily subsidized oil industry, reliance on foreign oil, and increased industry-wide greenhouse gas emissions right at a time when we're on track to have experienced the hottest year ever recorded.
Here is a snapshot of the GOP Class of 2010:
- 50% deny the existence of manmade climate change
- 86% are opposed to any climate change legislation that increases government revenue
And for the record, for would-be commenters who feel that this vitriol is aimed at all Republicans everywhere, it's not -- there is nothing overtly "leftist" about the above stats. That's all they are; stats. Half of the incoming GOP congressmen are on record saying that they don't believe in climate change. Period. So if it makes you uncomfortable that I am relaying these facts, I apologize -- these soon-to-be Congressmen are the ones on record saying they reject the decades of sound evidence compiled by scientists that shows human-made emissions are warming the atmosphere, not me.