Tuesday’s record-low barometric pressure has meteorologist Paul Douglas feeling low about the Grand Old Party.
The lefty site Think Progress caught up with Douglas in the wake of what he dubbed the “Landicane of ’10.” Though Douglas didn’t link the low-pressure “bomb” to global warming on his Star Tribune blog, Think Progress asked him about “about the numerous conservative global warming deniers in his own state,” referencing Minnesota Republicans Tom Emmer, Michele Bachmann and Congressional candidates Chip Cravaack and Randy Demmer.
I’m a recovering Republican, and I don’t recognize my party any more. I’m ashamed so many Republicans don’t recognize the science. The writing is on the wall. …
My dad was the biggest Republican that ever walked the earth. He always said: “Actions have consequences.” To pretend that a 38 percent increase in greenhouse gases isn’t going to have any impact, that we can have our cake and eat it too, and smear it all over our face, and maybe have our grandchildren deal with the hangover, I think it is immoral.
Though I haven’t heard Douglas talk so openly about his partisanship, it shouldn’t shock anyone; he’s been a lightning rod for global-warming skeptics and deniers since his KARE11 and WCCO days. Douglas speaks to many groups about climate change, and his Weather Nation has a deal with Conservation Minnesota.
Even though West Virginia Democratic U.S. Sen. nominee Joe Manchin recently took a gun to the cap-and-trade bill, Republicans have been far more hostile to the idea humans are causing catastrophic climate shifts.
[Hat tip: Midwest Energy News.]