Sigh… so much for transparency in government. The sad part is the senators and reps on this list are the chairs and/or ranking members of committees that deal directly with science policy.
I say, we send them all home in their next election. If they can’t be bothered to tell us what they think sound science, environment, education, and energy policies are, then we can’t be bothered to re-elect them.
You can also write them and demand that they answer these questions that can (literally) shape the future of the US and the world.
Obama and Romney have both agreed to a WRITTEN response to the questions. But that’s not a debate. That’s not having to stand up for your principles against someone else. The question is what will these candidates do?
Let’s look at the GOP platform.
- “development of new, state-of-the-art coal-fired plants that will be low-cost, environmentally responsible, and efficient.”
- “a reasoned approach to all offshore energy development on the East Coast and other appropriate waters”
- “opening the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for energy exploration and development”
- “opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for exploration and production of oil and natural gas”
- “allowing for more oil and natural gas exploration on federally owned and controlled land”
- “cost-effective development of renewable energy,” using a “market-based approach . . . to aggressively develop alternative sources for electricity generation such as wind, hydro, solar, biomass, geothermal, and tidal energy.”
First, note that every single item, except for the last, is going to massively increase global warming.
Second, note that the last bit includes the phrase “market based approach”. As I’ve shown elsewhere in this blog, hydro, wind, solar, etc are very competitive… when subsidies to oil and gas are not taken into account. If the subsidies to oil and gas continue (7 billion dollars in the last 10 years), then there’s no chance that solar or win can be competitive.
This is exactly what the owners of the Republican Party want.