Friday, August 19, 2005

You just can't argue with a spruce beetle

It is official now. After an eye-opening trip to Alaska, John McCain and three other Senators have now conclusively confirmed the existence of global warming.

"We are convinced that the overwhelming scientific evidence indicated that climate change is taking place and human activities play a very large role," McCain said.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton concurred:

"I don't think there is any doubt left for anyone who actually looks at the science," Clinton said. "There are still some holdouts, but they are fighting a losing battle. The science is overwhelming, but what is deeply concerning is that climate change is accelerating."

Wow. Must be some powerful science the Senators are looking at. Lets get some more details:

McCain, accompanied by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., spoke to villagers in Canada whose spruce trees are being attacked by the northward spread of spruce beetles. On Alaska's northern coast, they met Native Alaskans dealing with melting permafrost and coastal erosion.

Well I think this issue is settled then. Who needs sediment analysis and weather balloons when we have spruce beetles and the testimony of regional natives? When faced with that kind of science, even the most skeptical among us can only react in stunned silence. So what should we do now that we have this smoking gun evidence? Fortunately for us, the good Senators have a plan:

McCain and Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., are sponsoring legislation that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from utilities and industry. The Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act would cap U.S. emission levels at levels recorded in 2000.

As I've always said, the only thing that will stop the incessant march of this tragedy that we call global warming is more legislation. We just can't get enough of that. I, for one, eagerly await the return of our lawmakers from their recess so that we can get more and more laws. More and more and MORE laws. MORE and MORE and MORE and MORE and MORE laws! That's what our Founding Fathers envisioned for us when they established this representative republic of ours. If there is anything my public school education taught me it is that.