On June 20, the Mountain Democrat reported “McClintock disses solar power.” So what’s new? McClintock’s positions against solar, wind and other forms of alternative energy are well known. McClintock does not hide the fact that he is in Congress to defend the interests of the coal, gas and oil industries and he has the campaign contributions to prove it.
Ironically, McClintock’s comments came on the day that Germany declared it was completely phasing out its nuclear plants and focusing its research money on wind, solar and related industries. Two days later, the National Academy of Science, backed by MIT, CalTech, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and every reputable scientist in the world, announced that the climate change threat will make the seas off the coast of California rise far higher, and faster, than earlier anticipated.
In the face of this scientific onslaught, there is little doubt that Congressman McClintock favors the approach of the North Carolina Legislature. The GOP-controlled legislature did not like a state-funded report predicting that the Tar Heel state’s coastline would soon disappear due to the selfsame climate change predicted for the rest of the world. At the urging of real estate and developer interests, they took bold action by introducing a bill banning further publication, in North Carolina, of climate change matters that were not written through rose-colored glasses.
One can always laugh away the fundamentalist Christians’ biblical world view. Ignorance may be bliss as long as it does not harm anyone. However, the anti-science, anti-progress, anti-intellectual movement now in charge of the GOP cannot be ignored. Promoting head-in-the-sand ignorance as public public policy poses a direct threat to our national security and our future as a leading industrial and agricultural nation.
JOHN C. GARON