At first it seemed a bit amusing that Republicans were dubious about climate change and global warming. Conservatives, after all, do resist change. That’s the nature of being conservative.
Now, however, the amusement is no longer funny.
After last night’s presidential debate, Huffington Post spoke with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R- Tenn), who is the vice chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, obviously a position requiring a knowledgeable person. Here is what she said: “I do not believe in climate change. I think the Earth is in a cooling trend. It is not in a warming trend.”
The Post added, “Reminded that nine of the hottest years in the history of the planet have been recorded in the past decade, the Tennessee lawmaker once again insisted, ‘We have also seen the past 10 years a little bit of a cooling.’” Sure, I get it: the world is getting warmer and cooler simultaneously. Sure.
It is not just trump but most of the Republican party that seems to have fallen into a hole and emerged in a fantasy world that is severed from reality. They have started to believe their own lies, to dwell in their fantasy-world.
Were they not in positions of power and responsibility, I would simply pity them for their mental illness. That is not an appropriate response, however, when in fact they must be held accountable for their views and their decisions. The only apt response is anger: They are being inexcusably and dangerously irresponsible.