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House of Representatives' Plan on Climate Change: "Mars, Bitches."

Author: Reilly Capps/Wednesday, June 19, 2013/Categories: humor

By Reilly Capps 

Mars, bitches.

Remember, from "Chappelle's Show," President Black Bush? Here's how President Black Bush deflects questions about the mess in Iraq: 



And now that we're in the middle of a different challenge, climate change, what's the GOP's solution? 

Mars! 

Politico reports that the GOP-led congress plans to colonize the moon, then head right on to Mars. 

Which is sweet, right? Moon bases, Mars bases. We're living in the future. 

But there's a little catch. 

At the same time, they're aiming to slash funding for NASA's research into climate change, all the way back to 2008 levels. NASA does some of the best work on climate change, and gives us some of the coolest pictures of the way the world is changing. 

Their website on climate change is one of the best. For example, the front page today, which leads with "Global warming consensus: Agreement among scientists confirmed again." Along with this graph: 

Global warming consensus
[This is an illustration of the fact that 97 out of 100 climate scientists who are publishing papers agree that humans are causing global warming. From Skeptical Science.]

It then goes on to note how CO2 levels haven't been this high in 10,000 years, and how floods and drought will affect California.  

So you can see why you'd want to de-fund the people who print graphs like that, especially if you like to insist, as Sen. Marco Rubio recently did, that there's "reasonable debate" on climate. 



Sen. Rubio, before saying (wrongly) that Brazil and India pollute more than we do, said "the government can't change the weather." Which may or may not be true, but it is certainly true that the government can ignore the weather, which is what they plan to do ...

... and focus on living on Mars.

Mars, bitches. Let's get to Mars soon as we can. We may eventually have to live there, after we burn up this joint. 
 
Every 8-year-old in the world is for colonies on Mars. But it's just a smokescreen. After all, congress isn't setting any timetable. And they make no effort to fund this trillion dollar effort. The only concrete thing they're doing is taking money from climate science, probably so that oilmen can keep ignoring the impacts of going after that oil, whether in Iraq or anywhere else. Possibly Mars. 

Mars, bitches. Dave Chappelle, as usual, got it exactly right. 
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