The heat is on (Ha ha ha ha! Get it? It’s a pun!) for the Arkansas Governor’s Commission on Global Warming. Or, as it shall henceforth be known, the ARGOCOGLOWARM, an elegant and not-at-all-unwieldy acronym suggested by frequent Arkansas Project visitor Cameron Bluff, and hereby adopted by me.
Columnist David Sanders, the scourge of all things ARGOCOGLOWARM, has gotten another commission member, economist Richard Ford of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, to go on the record with a critical take on the commission’s practices. As Ford tells it:
“Right here,” he said, pointing to the law’s emergency clause. “It says that ‘it is imperative that Arkansas study the scientific data … to determine whether global warming is an immediate threat to the citizens in the State of Arkansas.’ We did not do that.”
According to Ford, the only economist on the commission, the group wasn’t allowed to do what it was instructed by law to do. He explained that the commission never “studied or even debated the scientific data” on global warming.
So why would a commission set up to study and make policy recommendations about global warming not study it? It’s simple; CCS wouldn’t allow it, according to a memo entitled “Proposal to Develop an Arkansas Climate Action Plan” sent to Morril Harriman, Gov. Beebe’s chief of staff on June 27, 2007.
Under the heading “Participant Guidelines,” the memo stated, “Participants will not debate the science of climate change or the directive of the Act, but will instead provide leadership and vision for how Arkansas will rise to the challenges and opportunities of addressing climate change.”
Sanders has much more, including scans of memos detailing how the ARGOCOGLOWARM was established to shut down all that dreadful debate and exchange of ideas, because arguing is mean! Which means that there has been more discussion and argument about the issue, pro and con, from a bunch of knuckleads like me and the Arkansas Project comments crowd than was permitted among the great gathering of worthies that is the ARGOCOGLOWARM.
God, I really do love that acronym.
And noted: I meant to point this up the other day, but columnist John Brummett predicted on his blog that Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe will run from the ARGOCOGLOWARM as fast as he can in the coming legislative session, while still finding a way to declare victory over global warming. Yay! We finally beat global warming! The End.
Update: Here’s some report I stumbled across that says that “sea ice” has recovered to its 1979 levels. I have no idea what that means, because I am an idiot, but I’m going to presume it means I can continue enjoying my scotch on the rocks, rather than taking it neat.