Matt Yglesias: Paul Ryan hearts pollution

We’d expect nothing less from Yglesias. Last month, the lefty hack got his Godwin on, comparing Mitt Romney to Hitler. Oh, how ca-LEVAH! Today, Yglesias turned to the noted “real journalists” and paragons of objectivity at The Washington Post for evidence of his claims about Ryan:

Now, Ryan’s suggestion that scientists have tried to “intentionally mislead the public” is a charge without much evidence. A series of investigations — from Penn State, the University of East Anglia, Britain’s House of Commons, the National Science Foundation and the EPA — looked into this question and found little evidence of wrongdoing by climate scientists. What’s more, since 2009, the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet has only strengthened. (Ryan does not appear to have followed up on the topic.)

Ryan’s track record on environmental issues is certainly less green-tinged than Romney’s. For one, Ryan has consistently voted against government efforts to tackle climate change. Like many House Republicans, he has voted to block efforts by the EPA to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions. He approved an amendment that would bar the Department of Agriculture from studying how best to adapt to a warmer planet. Ryan voted to defund various climate-advisory positions within the White House. He also voted for an amendment, proposed by Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), to cut $50 million from funding for ARPA-E, which funds long-shot energy research and development.

More broadly, Ryan appears to have had a firmly conservative record on the environment since joining the House. He has long supported more oil and gas drilling, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He opposes subsidies for clean energy. He’s skeptical of further EPA efforts to regulate air pollution.

Skepticism about anthropogenic global warming in the wake of ClimateGate? Support for offshore drilling? Distrust of the EPA? Alert the authorities! Paul Ryan is a menace!

  • weRbroke

    With the drought affecting a significant portion of corn across the nation…it makes no sense to be using if for fuel…liberals apparently want gas for their pollution spewing cars but don’t want affordable FOOD for people.

    • llcthecableguy

      That’s what you’re not getting– in the end, humans are the only pollution to the radical greenies. Less there are of us, the more pristine Gaia survives the plague that is humanity…

      • weRbroke

        I hate to budge in line…and insist they GO FIRST…Miss Manners and all.

        • Garth Haycock

          Exactly. If these greenies truly believed that humans are the cause of destruction of the environment, they need to off themselves. If they aren’t willing to die for their cause, they really don’t believe in that cause.

  • John Hanover

    Global Warming is a joke. Has continually been proven a joke by real credible scientists and every alarmist trend scary thing has been used in commercials until advised not to run with the crackpot theory to sell the products. Green is the new Brown to me, they constantly refuse to debate their lies and fabrications as they know that they are only creating noise pollution. Every country that supports taxation though Global Warming are having financial troubles and unable to pay off their self-imposed fines. Science has proven that Global Warming existed prior to industrialization but the planet itself is still cooling down. This November the sky will be falling but only on the heads of the green collared brown shirters who will lose seats in the House, Senate and more importantly the White House.