Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Elkhorn, NE State Sen. Beau McCoy, a homeschooled evangelical gay civil rights foe, now has 'philosophical' issues with scientific evidence of global warming

Beau McCoy, president of Nebraska Roof
Savers and author of failed bill to revoke and
ban local gay rights ordinances throughout
Nebraska. McCoy ()
represents Dist. 39, including parts of
Omaha. During LB912's judiciary
committee hearing last year, McCoy tried
to trick the committee into believing the
Omaha World-Herald approved of his bill.
JoAnne Young of the Lincoln Journal-Star reports from the Unicameral that Lincoln Sen. Ken Haar, trying to be proactive about planning for the climate change manifesting itself already in thousands of record-setting high temperatures nationwide, has introduced LB583 to charge the state's Climate Assessment and Response Committee with examining the future effects of climate change on farming, water and forests.
     But Haar's science-based legislation has run afoul of radical right wing political correctness, embodied by Elkhorn/West Omaha Senator Beau McCoy, of the climate change denial wing of the GOP and a recent featured speaker at CPAC's annual convention in Washington, D.C.
     "I, for one, and this is a philosophical position," McCoy said, "don't subscribe to global warming, to that theory. I think there are normal cyclical and rhythmic climate changes that are not caused by man-made attempts."
     He claims the intent and purposes of the bill walk the state out on a ledge he isn't comfortable with.
     Evidently the dogmatic and reckless blinders which circumscribe McCoy's vision of the future preclude planning for the inevitable — until the state's farmers fall off the ledge, at which point we assume McCoy will be more "comfortable" addressing the issue, although by then it will be far too late, if it isn't already.
     Wrote Young:

     University of Nebraska-Lincoln climate scientists, in a paper passed among senators, said 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists believe human activities are responsible for most of the observed global warming since the middle of the 20th century.
     Nebraska has had warmer than normal temperatures since the 1970s, especially in the past 10 years, they said. And future trends of this century of precipitation show a general drying in summer and autumn and wetter winters. Springs could be wetter in the north and drier in the south.

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