Bush science advisor on global warming: WTF?

In an article in today’s WaPo, Bush science advisor John H. Marburger III:

The president’s top science adviser said yesterday there is no solid scientific evidence that the widely cited goal of limiting future global temperature rises to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is necessary to avert dangerous climate change, an assertion that runs counter to that of many scientists as well as the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

John H. Marburger III, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said at a news conference that the target of preventing Earth from warming more than two degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, “is going to be a very difficult one to achieve and is not actually linked to regional events that affect people’s lives.”

OK, so far, understandable. Especially since Bush’s top science guru, quoted in a 2001 interview by Chemical and Engineering News,  had this to say: 

…the Administration received a lot of criticism for how it presented its position on the Kyoto protocol–which was a deeply flawed protocol and one that most people agree would have very serious negative economic consequences for the U.S….

The Bush administration firmly believes that following the Kyoto protocals would have damaged the US Economy. (Which is why our economy is so strong now….???)

Nothing to see here, no earth shaking news. Kool-aid drinkers abound within the White House sphere of influence, and anything that might possibly hurt industry is BAD, I tell you! BAD!!!

Yet, in a statement Marburger made just weeks ago, (and cited as “alarming” by the BBC) ….

The presidential science adviser said that he was more than 90 percent certain that the current state of climate change was the direct result of greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans, the BBC reported Friday.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy director also said that without significant cuts in the output of carbon dioxide worldwide, the Earth may one day become “unlivable.”

“The CO2 accumulates in the atmosphere and there’s no end point, it just gets hotter and hotter, and so at some point it becomes unlivable,” Marburger said.

So, first he agrees that global warming IS a man made problem, but now thinks there’s not much we can/should do about it? But but but…. 

Pardon me, I feel something coming on.

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  1. so funcused ;-(

  2. -for another 15 months. 

  3. He has a man saying any old crazy thing to help his boss. No science involved.

    • Tigana on October 19, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    and the War on Terra…

    Al, help us, please….

    • nocatz on October 20, 2007 at 1:04 am

    with this:

    http://en.wikipedia….

  4. Coming soon to a disaster near you

  5. First, in 2000 and then again, in 2004.  Why is the only thing that these f’ers seem to be able to do is get elected?  Bush is between a rock and a hard place.  He can’t admit what he is trying to do, so he is viewed as a failure.  If he did admit what he is trying to do, he would be viewed as a convict.  America was a good idea, until the People stopped thinking.  Now it is an “Ownership Society”, that We the People don’t own. 

  6. that there known knowns and known unknowns.  There unknown knowns and unknown unknowns.

    For example, an known known, Mr. Marburger, is your continued usefulness to this administration if keep up with the Gore-agreeing-with.

    Mr. Democrat just won the Nobel Prize, Mr. Marburger, and you will go back on your alarmism and pissy-pants agreement with him.

    • Temmoku on October 20, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Bush

  7. what I’m going to say.

    No, as much as I loathe the global war on terra I’m not willing to replace it with the global war on the modern western lifestyle.  I see both as scams for profit.
    Scams for profit.
    Scams for profit.
    Hey, it’s what America has become, it is what the soul of America has become.

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