Fool to Governor: Climate change is “junk science”

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter has proposed a climate action plan to the state legislature calling for, inter alia, more stringent motor vehicle emission standards, more extensive use of renewable energy and increased recycling.

Sounds uncontroversial enough, and by all rights it should be. The trouble, you see, is that adoption of the governor’s plan might cut into the power industry’s profit margins. That can’t happen. It simply isn’t fair to deprive power company CEOs of their God-given right to a third vacation home, a tumescent number-only bank account in the Cayman Islands and yacht for each coast.

Enter State Rep. Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud). The Denver Post reports on Rep. Lundberg’s heroic effort to introduce balance to the debate here. Lundberg advises:

“We can’t lose sight of the fact that it’s predicated on junk science,” Rep. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, said.

Lundberg said it has not been settled scientifically that manmade carbon-dioxide emissions contribute to global warming.

The executive director of the state Department of Public Health and Environment says that “[y]ou could have a convention of all the scientists who dispute climate change in a relatively small phone booth,” but we should just stuff that nonsense in the pay-no-mind drawer and forget about it. Who are you going to believe, some clown who’s devoted his entire life to health and environmental issues or a politician with credentials like these:

I have owned and operated Lundberg Productions, a media and video production service, for the past 25 years. My BA degree is from Rockmont College in history and social science and I am a third generation Coloradan. I served on the Board of Trustees for Colorado Christian University from 1986-2002, helped found Christian Home Educators of Colorado in 1990, and am active with Galilee Church in Loveland.

The magnitude of Rep. Lundberg’s breathtakingly stupid remark is likely explained in part by his audience: “Lundberg’s comment came at a presentation to a handful of Republican lawmakers sponsored by the Independence Institute, a conservative Golden-based think tank.”

The Independence Institute bills itself as Colorado’s Free Market Think Tank. A rival group composed of hebephrenic geometry aficionados, which bills itself as Colorado’s Octagonal Hexagon Tank, will soon be up and running.

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