Since they occur almost daily, here is the stupid liberal quote of the day- actually from Wednesday 5/22/13. This is from one of the most liberal members of the Senate, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. Speaking on the floor of the Senate, Mr. Whitehouse had this to say:
“When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wild fires scorch Texas, you come to us- the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with storms and floods. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests.”
He then compares Republicans who deny the gospel of Al Gore are like “…running off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings.”
Putting the comment in context, Sheldon Whitehouse apparently makes a weekly speech on the floor of the Senate about climate change. The comments regarding “cyclones in Oklahoma” were written before the most recent tornado that killed 24 in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. Thus,in all fairness, Whitehouse was not taking advantage of the Oklahoma tragedy, although the remarks certainly were insensitive. He later apologized. But, like any good liberal, the apology is moot since the damage is already done.
But as a stand alone comment, it really is full of nonsense. Notice how he cites states like Oklahoma, Alabama and Texas- three red states represented by Senators (Republican) who happen to have the temerity to question global warming. This is akin to the mindless beliefs that emanate from the likes of the Westboro Baptist Church, only in reverse. Instead of a liberal belief/philosophy bringing about Armageddon down on the United States, it is a conservative belief bringing down climate Armageddon on America- but only red states.
Then there is the belief by Whitehouse that tornadoes in Oklahoma, hurricanes in Alabama, and wild fires in Texas are somehow (1) unique to these states and (2) some new phenomena. To hear news reports, Oklahoma lies in what is known as Tornado Alley and that so far this year, they are BELOW normal in the number of tornadoes. Alabama, lying along the Gulf Coast, a body of water that is known to spawn hurricanes for eons, is also cited. Of course, he makes no mention of the annual wild fires in Southern California. I live on the east coast and every year I hear of these fires fanned by the Santa Ana winds. And I heard about these fires well before Al Gore made climate change vogue.
As for the Ocean State- a/k/a Rhode Island- occasionally suffering a flood, one should suspect one once in a while since you are, after all, the Ocean State. I was surprised to learn that the ocean off Oregon is a bubbling pool of acid and that Montana is barren and devoid of any forests or vegetation.
And of course anyone who does not agree with the mantra put forth by Gore and Whitehouse are leading the world to its death. There is a solution to reducing greenhouse gases in the United States- nuclear power. In fact, a good proposal would to site one near Whitehouse’s home in Rhode Island.