The news yesterday was that the Senate’s global warming bill is stalled in committee, about one month in advance of the Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

The Senate bill, sponsored by Senators John Kerry of Massachusetts and Barbara Boxer of California, proposes to curtail greenhouse gas emissions by way of a cap and trade system setting national standards for emissions. The legislation would allow polluters to buy and sell permits to meet those standards. The bill aims to reduce emissions by 20% below 2005 levels by 2020, 42% by 2030 and 83% by 2050.

Whether or not these targeted reduction levels and timetables are sufficient to forestall global warming is debatable according to many experts. So the potential results are already in question. But the truly troubling news is that fewer Americans today see global warming as a serious problem than they did just a year-and-a-half ago.

According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, the percentage of Americans who think climate change is a serious problem has declined by 9% since April 2008. Only 35% take it seriously today. Also, 57% think there’s substantial evidence that the earth’s temperature is getting warmer. 71% thought it was warming in April 2008.

What are the chances that the Senate’s Global Warming Bill will ever become law if the senators’ political constituency is taking the issue less and less seriously? Probably not very good.

So once again it’s the absent logic of the Flat Earth Society (alias political right) vs. the proven logic of science. In these times where enlightened change is pitted against ignorance and stubborn belief, ignorance usually wins. And that’s a dark victory the earth doesn’t need.

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