In the spirit of preemptive fascism so aptly displayed by the Prop 8 Initiative in California (which for the first time in history stripped civil rights from a class of U.S. citizens) the State of the Latter Day Saints is back at it again. This week the Utah House of Representatives passed a resolution
that makes fiction reality.
HRJ 12 claims that all those melting glaciers, the warming seas, and spiking mean global temperatures — real, measurable, validated climatological occurrences taking place RIGHT NOW all around the world — are a hoax, or rather ... "a well organized and ongoing effort to manipulate global temperature data in order to produce a global warming outcome."
I'm not saying people can't be entitled to their own opinions, however ignorant and fact-denying they may be, but to so blatantly misrepresent scientific facts to political ends INSIDE the confines of a legislative body seems tantamount to a hostile takeover of democracy. It also seems just plain old crazy until you realize that 90 percent of Utah's energy comes from coal and represents a huge portion of the state's GDP.
A group of prominent scientists from Brigham Young University decried the move, pointing out the dangers of legislating idealogy:
Even if all the political solutions proposed so far are flawed, this does not justify politicians in attacking the science that indicates there is almost certainly a serious problem.
On a brighter note, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska who was attempting to do something similar at the national level, apparently is being forced to postpone
an amendment (PDF
) that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act, when it was found that said amendment was penned by oil and coal lobbyists Jeff Holmstead and Roger Martella.
So Step #3 to saving the world? Get in your senator's face when they try to intervene with the democratic process by preemptively illegalizing the canon of science.
You can get started by shadowing your senators
while they are on recess and tell them that you want them to do the job they were elected to do — protect the welfare of the people of the United States of America.