Date: Jun 10, 2013 10:38 AM
Author: Richard Hake
Subject: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse - Time to Wake Up: GOP Opposition to<br> Climate Science

Some subscribers to Math-Teach might be interested in a recent post 
"Senator Sheldon Whitehouse - Time to Wake Up: GOP Opposition to
Climate Science" [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

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ABSTRACT: Orlo Stitt (2013) of the Physoc list has called attention
to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's speech "Time to Wake Up: GOP
Opposition to Climate Science" at <http://1.usa.gov/13mbZsV>. Therein
Whitehouse says:

(1) "How wise is it for the Republican Party to wed itself to the
deniers and proclaim that climate change is a hoax?"

(2) "I'm willing to do a carbon pollution fee that sets the market in
balance, and returns every single dollar to the American people. No
new agencies. No new taxes. No bigger government. Every dollar
back. Just a balanced market, with the costs included in the price,
which will make better energy choices, increase jobs, and prevent
pollution."

In my opinion, regarding:

"1": Whitehouse is correct in asserting that the Republican Party has
"wed itself to the [climate change] deniers." At
<http://bit.ly/11p423a> are the quotes of 23 Senators (all
Republicans, 50% of the 46 Republicans in the Senate) and 81
Congressmen (all Republicans, 35% of the 234 Republicans in the
House) who deny the deleterious effects of anthropomorphic climate
change. Their uninformed statements indicate their appalling science
illiteracy and that of the voters who elected them.

Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress are almost as unenlightened as
Republicans - see "Few Democrats In Congress Support Capps Climate
Legislation" (IT, 2013) at <http://bit.ly/13NDgn3> - hence Hansen's
(2013) proposal at <http://huff.to/13gcjcR> for a new "American
Party."

"2": Whitehouse is in the economically sagacious company of: (a)
conservatives George Schultz and Gary Becker (2013) in "Why We
Support a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax" at <http://bit.ly/11ZoaOr>; and
(b) James Hansen (2013) in "The Courage to Fight Climate Change"
[Hansen & Romm (2013)] at <http://bit.ly/12djtSf>.
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-Worthy of - but misattributed <http://bit.ly/13hZKMD> to - Plato
(427-347 BC)

REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 09 June 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. "Senator Sheldon Whitehouse - Time to Wake Up: GOP
Opposition to Climate Science" online on the OPEN! Net-Gold archives
at <http://yhoo.it/100EVIY>. Post of 8 Jun 2013 19:40:10-0700 to
AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are
being distributed to various discussion lists and also on my blog
"Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/111dBsK>.