Friday, January 19, 2007


I don’t know of a politician who is more tone deaf than Nancy Pelosi. I cite as proof of my claim Ms. Pelosi’s seeking to create a special committee dealing with global warming. While Ms. Pelosi was doing this, this headline jumped out at me:

Motorists Stranded Near Grapevine Spend Night In Vehicles
Snow Falls In West L.A., Malibu

Here’s what the AP is reporting about this ’special’ committee:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to create a special committee Thursday in an effort to jump-start long-delayed government efforts to deal with global warming and produce a bill by Independence Day.
“I promise to do everything in my power to achieve energy independence…and to stop global warming,” Pelosi said.

Here’s what NBC is reporting about the snows of Malibu:

Motorists stranded on the Golden State (5) Freeway overnight near the Grapevine continued their journeys Thursday morning when the California Highway Patrol began escorting drivers on the icy stretch of road.
In the Malibu area, part of Kanan Dume Road remained closed Thursday morning as crews worked to clear snow from the roadway. Kanan Road was closed from Mulholland Highway to Triunfo Canyon Road, north of Malibu, says CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.

Ms. Pelosi doesn’t have a bit of credibility when it comes to energy policy because it’s stunningly obvious that she’s totally in the hip pocket of the environmental extremists. Before anyone other than the most rabid ideologues believes her on this issue, she’ll need to pick a better time to announce her ‘global warming initiative’.

If these examples aren’t enough proof of her tone deafness, here’s more proof:

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A bone-rattling blast of sleet and snow kept Texas and Oklahoma residents shivering in its icy grip, while a blizzard north of Los Angeles caused big-rigs to jackknife.

At least 65 storm-related deaths have been reported in nine states since Friday, including 10 in Texas and 23 in Oklahoma. The Alamo was closed Wednesday, as was a 300-mile stretch of Interstate 10 in Texas from Fort Stockton to San Antonio.

Finally, I’d add this cautionary note from Michael Crichton’s testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:

In essence, science is nothing more than a method of inquiry. The method says an assertion is valid-and merits universal acceptance-only if it can be independently verified. The impersonal rigor of the method means it is utterly apolitical. A truth in science is verifiable whether you are black or white, male or female, old or young. It’s verifiable whether you like the results of a study, or you don’t.

Thus, when adhered to, the scientific method can transcend politics. And the converse may also be true: when politics takes precedent over content, it is often because the primacy of independent verification has been overwhelmed by competing interests.

That’s why I’m totally skeptical of Ms. Pelosi’s claims about global warming. Understand that I’m not discounting the notion that Earth’s climate is changing. I just don’t buy into the notion that the polar ice caps melting is inevitable because the people touting that belief have suspect political motivations.