Messrs. Price and Dahle publicize an event held yesterday in Sioux Falls to call on President Obama to put American leadership to work at the Copenhagen climate conference next week and drive serious action on climate change. Among the speakers:
- Tom Kilian of the South Dakota Future Society (I didn't know we had a Future Society—Tom, you folks need a website!) said the evidence is right in front of our noses: rising carbon levels and ocean temps, dying marine life, melting icecaps.
- Jamie Horter, an Augustana student who will be at the Copenhagen conference, said inaction now means only greater costs, in terms of money and health, for future generations. (GOP, where's all your rhetoric about looking out for our grandkids on this issue?)
- Eric Gage, Sioux Falls veteran and Air Guardsman (cool—I wonder if he ever got Don Jorgensen as his wingman?), spoke of the national security dangers posed by unabated climate change as well as our continued reliance on oil from "hostile regions and unstable governments."
Seriously, fellas? Is it really easier to believe that everyone who disagrees with you is really out to destroy America? Is it really easier to believe that the folks in the above photo are just trying to make a fast buck? And heck, let me entertain Steve's suggestion that climate activists like these folks really are just greedy shysters. Aren't there easier ways to get rich than trying to coordinate a global conspiracy of scientists, folks who chose their profession largely because of their inordinate commitment to knowledge and truth? If I were that good at organizing a conspiracy, and if I wanted to get rich and destroy America, I'd go straight to Wall Street and get the futures traders to bid oil up to $300 a barrel. Smaller group, faster payoff, and no need for a big U.N. conference.
Forget Occam's razor: the idea that Kilian, Horter, Gage, Keith, and other Americans are riding climate change legislation to riches doesn't even pass the laugh test.