Why Can’t California Republicans See the Light on Climate Change?

On Friday evening, I had quite a unique opportunity to see first-hand what Republicans are thinking about their own future. I attended the Friday night dinner for the 2007 Western CPAC Conference in Newport Beach. Yes, believe it or not, I have nice Republican friends who invite me to events like this. And believe it or not, I wanted to see for myself what matters to conservatives. Well, now I have seen, and I have to wonder why so many in the Republican Party are so willing to destroy their party’s own future along with the future of this planet. Follow me after the flip for more.

[ev type="youtube" data="d5YPyvzQ48g"][/ev]As you’ve heard by now, State Senator Tom McClintock (R-What Is He Thinking?) gave the keynote speech. He spoke about why we shouldn’t worry so much about the coming climate crisis, but rather the “rabid extremists” pushing that “man made global warming nonsense”. He also tried to claim that California’s new efforts to curb climate change are forcing businesses like the Wonder Bread factory to shut down, and that the effort to save our planet and ourselves from the coming climate crisis is somehow a threat to “personal liberty.” It was sad, really, to witness Sen. McClintock completely miss a good opportunity the GOP has to return to sanity.[ev type="youtube" data="JAsv-O0LkvM"][/ev]I mean, come on! The Governator is giving them a real opportunity to become productive in solving the climate crisis. Sure, I may not agree with everything Arnold does, but at least he acknowledges reality and he’s willing to do something about it. He signed AB 32 last year, and this legislation has now put California on the forefront of finding solutions to climate change. This year, he’s signed into law several bills that promote better energy conservation. Basically, Arnold understands that our state will ultimately benefit from thinking ahead and taking action on the climate crisis while there is still time to solve it. Not only are we allowing for our own survival, but we are also creating new business opportunities in producing renewable energy and creating energy-efficient products.Well, Arnold sees the light somewhat regarding climate change. Why can’t the rest of his party do so?[ev type="youtube" data="ntOjGVRimPc"][/ev]So why can’t more Republicans recognize the reality of climate change? What will it take for them to wake up and smell the coming crisis? Apparently, the smoke from the wildfires isn’t waking them up. And no, neither is the storm surge from the hurricanes. OK, so what will it take? A complete electoral wipe out next year?Why can’t more Republicans see what Arnold is seeing? Why are they now focusing all their energy on smearing Al Gore, when they could actually be thinking of solutions to the climate crisis? For all their talk of “conservatism”, they don’t see why we must conserve this planet for future generations. For all their talk of “moral values”, they can’t see the real moral value of caring for God’s creation. And for all their talk of “free enterprise”, they can’t see the new opportunities for enterprise in saving the planet. What’s the problem here?[ev type="youtube" data="lYulHihiVQE"][/ev] [ev type="youtube" data="Yo7rmajxxnc"][/ev]

  4 comments for “Why Can’t California Republicans See the Light on Climate Change?

  1. RHackett
    October 16, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    This was posted by OC Dem over on the Orange Punch blog featuring Flat Earth society’s very own Mark Landsbaum.

    The worst thing about Gore, from the conservative point of view, is that he keeps being right. In 1992, George H. W. Bush mocked him as the “ozone man,” but three years later the scientists who discovered the threat to the ozone layer won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In 2002 he warned that if we invaded Iraq, “the resulting chaos could easily pose a far greater danger to the United States than we presently face from Saddam.” And so it has proved.

    Why do we have to wait for “historians who probably aren’t even born yet” to write about how correct President Bush was to go into Iraq but Al Gore is an instant retard for looking towards the future where global warming is concerned?

    It is no surprise the right wing noise machine is in overdrive trying to discredit him again.

    It really sums up the current crop of conservatives.

  2. Anonymous
    October 16, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    OMG the world is going to end

  3. Andrew Davey
    October 16, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Anon 1:30-

    OMG the world is going to end

    If the GOP has its way on this, you’ll be spot on.

    RHackett-

    Hmmm, you may really have a point there. Al Gore has been right on climate change all along. He has been right on Iraq all along. He has been right on civil liberties all along. He has been right about our financial future all along. Is that why the GOP is so afraid of him? Are they afraid that the American people have finally realized that Al Gore has been right all along?

    No wonder why they’re so afraid of him announcing a (re)election campaign for the Presidency. ;-)

  4. RHackett
    October 16, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”
    –Mahatma Ghandi

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