In their quest to politicize everything, the Republican Party sunk to a new low today in the state of Virginia, as they are using the current record snow storm in a new ad that mocks Democrats for supporting climate change legislation. The Republican are ignoring that events like the massive snow event are exactly what scientists are warning of.
The ad attacks Rep. Rick Boucher and Rep. Tom Periello, because they both support climate change legislation and, “think global warming is a serious problem for Virginia…so serious they voted to kill tens of thousands of Virginia jobs just to stop it.” It tells viewers to, “Call Boucher and Perriello and tell them how much global warming you get this weekend. Maybe they’ll come help you shovel.”
The problem is that the ad itself is actually evidence in support of global warming. The historic Mid-Atlantic snowstorm is exactly what climate change scientists are warning about. Global warming does not mean strictly, higher temperatures, which is the definition that the Republicans are trying to apply.
The warming of the earth will cause weather patterns to become more extreme, not hot, but extreme, Republicans know this, so they have to mock and discredit climate change to cover up their real agenda. Business is opposed to climate change legislation because they think it will decrease their profits.
The Republican opposition has little to do with science, and everything to do with protecting the corporate and pro-business interests that fund the GOP. If conservatives could discover away for corporate interests to make a quick buck off of climate change legislation, they would be all for it, but they can’t so they will continue to mock and discredit, all the while hiding their true motives, by using silly nonsensical ads which are designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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