The Strange Case of Ralph Hall

By Chris Mooney | February 23, 2011 8:55 am

My latest DeSmogBlog post is about a kind of “What’s the Matter with Kansas” story when it comes to a leading House Republican and climate change:

Ralph Hall represents a state and district suffering from (and highly vulnerable to) drought; global warming is expected to worsen drought risks for Texas and Hall’s district; Hall questions the science of global warming; Hall leads his party in an effort to block funding for a climate service that would help his district, and many other regions, assess their vulnerability and prepare for a changing climate.

Head scratching encouraged.

You can read the full story here.

Comments (4)

  1. Jon

    Not strange it all. What percentage of his district voted against Obama? We are effectively talking about the rural south, where a sense of regionalism vs. “elites” is very strong. Ressentiment anyone?

  2. Dunc

    Maybe Hall has a way to explain this. But it’s difficult for me to imagine what it is.

    Oh, come off it! You can’t honestly be that naive, can you? Politician in “more concerned about short-term political gain than the long-term good of his constituency!” shock. Film at 11.

    Actually, make that “humans have steep discount rate!” shock…

  3. Nullius in Verba

    Perhaps he read those studies that said global warming increases precipitation and therefore causes more floods?

    Remember – global warming causes more hot weather, and it causes more cold weather, and it causes more dry weather, and it causes more wet weather, and it causes more storms, and it causes more wild fires, and it causes wild pests and diseases to spread and multiply, and it kills off all wild species.

    A warm ‘greenhouse’ Earth full of CO2 will cause crop plants to die and food yields to reduce – hence the name.

    Global warming will always work out precisely what weather you don’t want, and increase it. It’s clever that way.

  4. Brian Too

    Look at the guy; he ain’t no spring chicken! The political calculation is that he’ll be long out of office, and possibly long in the ground, before any really serious consequences start to manifest.

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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.

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