Politics Reichert Not Convinced Global Warming is Real (Even Though President Bush Is)
Last week, Reichert, of Auburn, said he remained unsure about climate change or what role humans might play.
“The problem is, you have some scientists who say it’s happening, and some who say it’s not happening. The problem is the Sierra Club says that every scientist says it is,” said Reichert, a member of the House Science Committee.
“I’m going to wait until all the facts are in. There were many scientists who used to say the world was flat.”
And in the meantime, Reichert has just given the Democrats a great new opening for an attack ad. As the Times points out, rather damningly:
Reichert’s questions about the existence of global warming are contrary to positions taken by the U.S. Senate, Goldman Sachs, the insurance giant Swiss Re, the National Academy of Scientists and the 100-nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Guess who else has admitted that global warming is real (although he says he still isn’t sure of its cause)? Well, it’s President Bush, who said flatly in March of this year:
First of all, the globe is warming.
And in June:
I have said consistently that global warming is a serious problem. There’s debate over whether it’s man-made or naturally caused…
But as the Times reported, Reichert remains unsure of whether global warming is even happening, nevermind why it is happening. That puts supposedly moderate Reichert to the right of Bush on one of the biggest environmental issues of the day.