You know the old caricature of the Ostrich sticking it’s head in the ground to avoid seeing something bad that it really doesn’t want to see or deal with? Well, that’s apparently how the Bush administration is dealing with the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled. “If I don’t see it, then it doesn’t exist,” right? The New York Times noted that the White House basically told the EPA that “an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened” (“White House Refused to Open Pollutant’s E-mail,”New York Times, June 25, 2008).

This is just amazingly stupid and reflect the fact that this administration is just living in denial when it comes to the fact that global warming is a reality. The fact is that the National Academies of Science has come out to unequivicolly state the climate change is happening and all countries need to take prompt and substantive steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (“Global Warming Myths and Facts,” Environmental Defense Fund, http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=1011). Of course this just doesn’t sit well with the President’s and his entourage’s belief that if they just ignore global warming then it won’t happen. While this is the end-time of President Bush’s tenure it does not mean that he gets to sit back and relax and take things easy until January 20th 2009! I’ve always suspected that when it came to the real decision making in this administration that he wasn’t really the final stop…now I can see that he probably wasn’t even the first.

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