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As Montana Burns, Republican Fiddles

So there are two novel bills by enlightened state Republicans for how to deal with the results of global warming. If you are like me, both will leave you wondering what the frak the proposers were smoking.

Bill number one comes to us from the great state of Montana, home to steers, queers and an increasing number of destructive wildfires. Those wildfires have been increasing in frequency, and are expected to jump 500% by 2050, according to the NAS, the end result of global climate change. Instead of proposing changes and wrestling with the tough choices involved in trying to arrest the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into, State Rep. Joe Read introduced HB 549. Supposedly to ensure the economic development of Montana, the bill actually declares that global warming hasn’t been caused by man and that, in fact, the change in mean global temperatures is great for Montana.

“I’ve come to the belief about climate change,” he said, “that man is very ineffective in instigating that change except in a regional area…Our weather is not going to change drastically.”

With Glacier National Park having lost 83% of it’s size, insect outbreaks devastating Montana forests and seasons having shifted, I’ve come to a belief about something else that’s ineffective: Rep. Read’s sense of reality.

Bill number two will be along shortly.

Source: Climate Progress.

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