“House Votes to Defund Reality”
I stole my post title from this article. Before I clicked on it, I assumed it would be a tongue-in-cheek, Onion kind of thing. What was I thinking? You can't possibly satirize rightwing corporate-funded Republicans. If you try to make up some sort of zany humorous thing about them, they'll one up you every time.
According to the National Climate Assessment, recently released by the Obama Administration, the newest climate change data is so catastrophic that a “wartime effort” will be needed if we want to avoid Armageddon.
Upon receiving this dire warning, House Republicans flew into action. You're probably thinking: Oh good, the GOP finally got up off its knees, told the Koch and Exxon lobbyists to zip up their pants and get out and quit sabotaging the planet.
Nope. House Republicans did what any good corporate prostitute would do. They voted for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would prevent the Pentagon from carrying out any of the policies recommended by the National Climate Assessment or any of them other commie U.N. organizations. The amendment was introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R—Skank). 227 Republicans and four Democrats [sigh] voted in favor of this amendment.
As the linked article says:
“...the overwhelming support in the House [for the amendment] highlights the increasingly obvious gap between elected Republicans (and a few Democrats) and pretty much every government agency.”
For that matter, pretty much everybody who has two or three brain cells to rub together.
And in a related story: the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee — led by Rep. Lamar Smith — has spent more time investigating life on other planets than investigating climate change on this planet.