In an address to the Eagle County Democratic Assembly in March, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., tried to draw a contrast between the Democrats and Republicans on the environment:
“And again we have a party, on the other hand, that is focused on gutting and eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency at every turn, is focused on ignoring science when science doesn’t give them the conclusions that they wish they would give them, and a party that continues to see protecting our quality of life and environment as something that should be gotten rid of not as a legitimate mission of government.”
On his website, Polis states that the “threat of global climate change is undoubtedly the most challenging environmental issue of our time.”
So it must be unsettling for fans of “settled science” to find out that on global warming, Republicans have some authoritative company:
“The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements,” reads part of a letter from dozens of former NASA employees to the agency.
Maybe it’s time for Polis to update those talking points. After all, if he’s vulnerable in the general election, it’s going to be in part because of outdated positions like these.