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October 1, 2013

This shutdown stuff is making me nauseated


House Speaker John Boehner has been trying without success for a couple of years to get Obamacare repealed. Now, he is threatening to hurt the nation and many citizens just to get a delay in the program. And he mistakenly thinks he represents the national sentiment.

All this is embarrassing enough to make you sick to your stomach. 

And then there are the climate-change naysayers in Congress and their continuing opposition to attempts by the Obama adminstration to limit carbon emissions. They are embarrassing enough to upset anyone’s digestive tract.

Yet another dire warning about climate change was issued Friday, when the U.N.’s Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change reported that “warming in the climate system is unequivocal and since 1950 many changes have been observed … that are unprecedented over decades to millennia.”

Thomas Stocker, a co-chairman of the working group behind the report, warned that aggressive government action was needed to prevent the worst-case scenarios presented in the report for the century ahead. That’s because humans are the main cause of global warming.

“Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system,” Stocker said. “Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Meanwhile, about a dozen members of the House Energy Committee continue to deny the science behind climate change, even though 97 percent of climate experts agree we’re in big trouble. In fact, Republicans in the last Congress voted more than 50 times to block proposed climate actions.

Then there’s Sen. Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican and former chairman of the Environment and Public Works panel, who called climate change the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.’’ 

Must be he forgot about President Bush’s “weapons of mass destruction’’ used to justify an invasion of Iraq.

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