Thursday, February 3, 2011

Annals of Asshattery

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) has a good reason to change his mind on climate change: Al Gore’s personal life.

Back when he was a member of the House, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) was one of a few Republicans who voted for a far-reaching climate change bill. That legislation quickly fueled Tea Party rage, and conservatives went on the attack against the plan’s backers. So Kirk did an about face on the issue, and now blames… Al Gore’s personal life for the whole sorry episode.

“The consensus behind the climate change bill collapsed and then further deteriorated with the personal and political collapse of Vice President [Al] Gore,” Kirk told Greenwire.

He’s probably referring to this: in 2009, a massage therapist in Oregon went to the police and accused Al Gore of sexually assaulting her three years previously. Gore ultimately wasn’t prosecuted.

Well, that’s as good a reason to reject years of scientific study and research as any, don’t you think?