The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.

- Arthur C. Clarke (h/t Brin)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Motion to Defund IPCC Passes US House

The House passed an amendment defunding IPCC last night. This amendment is included in the House budget continuing resolution that just passed. The vote on the amendment (Luetkemeyer of Missouri Amendment No. 149): 244-179. 9 Democrats voted “yes” and 3 Republicans voted “no”.

"None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)."

Democrats voting "Yes":

Altmire
Boren
Cleaver
Clyburn
Costello
McIntyre
Peterson
Rahall
Ross (AR)

Republicans voting "No":

Bass
Bilbray
Reichert

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll132.xml

Not voting:

Giffords
Harman
Hinojosa
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
Paul
Peters
Quayle
Stark
Wilson

8 comments:

EliRabett said...

Giffords has an acceptable excues

dhogaza said...

Huh, I don't really need to post.

Word verification is ... "bleca".

Pretty close the "blech" I was going to post.

Steve Scolnik said...

Well, that will certainly balance the budget, NOT! Rick Piltz has the pathetic details of the "debate":

http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2011/02/19/house-votes-244-179-to-kill-u-s-funding-of-ipcc/

chrisd said...

I, Carnak the Magnificent, see in my crystal ball three Republicans who have just cashed in their political careers...

Oale said...

Clearly them cheapos want the report free of charge, should UN bill US citicens for reading the report? Or do you think Bible includes maps of USA where the effects of AGW are included?

Pangolin said...

The Republican Party has "gone Crazy Eddie" and have decided to scuttle the planet instead of bailing.

For those of you who aren't science fiction fans and haven't read "The Mote in God's Eye" Crazy Eddie refers to a meme rather than a specific character. The meme refers to somebody who exhorts others to engage in futile action to solve a problem in such a way as to make the problem worse.

Crazy Eddie is the guy who tries to prevent major forest fires in August by lighting lots of small fires on a dry windy day in June. Crazy Eddie is the guy who runs to the back of the Titanic with scuttling charges when he hears there is flooding in the bow to "level the ship." Crazy Eddie passes tax cuts then complains about budget deficits. Crazy Eddie defunds the IPCC and NASA's Climate Science divisions as huge, global warming pumped storms rage across the planet.

The Republican Party has gone Crazy Eddie.

Dano said...

Let me just say that I showed Reichert around my town a few years ago. We went into the Senior Center and there was this old bat who took Dave by the arm and insisted that he didn't act on globul warmin cuz its a SCAY-UM and the commies use it to control us andandand.

It was very instructive that Dave's aide had a look on her face like 'we get this a lot' and both had a practiced set of lines to push these people away.

It led me to believe back then that the GOP tolerates the Bircher- and Fundie- and winger-types to keep the energy going.

They aren't really serious about listening to these people.

Best,

D

Michael Tobis said...

Well, he's one of the three. Hardly makes for a groundswell...