Moe, Larry and Curley

On June 18, four former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency under Republican presidents told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety that climate change is real, is worsened by humans and requires immediate action by the EPA. They all agreed the EPA already has legislative authority and a mandate to act.

The four former administrators were William Ruckelshaus (under Presidents Nixon and Reagan), Lee Thomas (also under President Reagan), William Reilly (under George H. W. Bush) and Christine Todd Whitman (under President George W. Bush),

In response, Republican Senators ridiculed the case for man-made climate change. Senator David Vitter of Louisiana who has called evidence to support climate change “ridiculous pseudo-scientific garbage,” said the case for climate change is “cartoonish.” Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma restated his long-held position that climate change is a “hoax.” Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama gave the panel of former Administrators his assurances that “C02 is plant food, not a pollutant.” The threesome is not alone. Three out of four Senate Republicans agree with Senators Vitter, Sessions and Inhofe in denying the validity of climate change science.

However, four former EPA Administrators appointed by Republican Presidents beg to differ. So do The U.S. National Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society and virtually every published peer-reviewed climatologist in the world among other expert groups.. The nation has an urgent decision to make about whether or not to take immediate action on climate change. And when we do, we will have to decide whether to follow the guidance of authoritative science or that of the Three Stooges. A Republican controlled Senate in November means victory for Moe, Larry and Curley.

Tim Mannello


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