Texas GOP Platform: “Ignore” Science, Climate Change is a Conspiracy

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Per the Texas Republican Party, the large, recent spike is normal. Image courtesy of NASA

Nothing is a surprise from the Texas Republican Party platform anymore: Withdraw from the world, demean homosexuals, remove minority protections, and limit women's healthcare are just some of the planks in the Republican platform. Why should it be any surprise that on page 6 of the Texas Republican Party Platform we find this statement in Section 1-37:

“While we all strive to be good stewards of the earth, “climate change” is a political agenda which attempts to control every aspect of our lives. We urge government at all levels to ignore any plea for money to fund global climate change or “climate justice” initiatives.”

Texas Republicans are clinging to a religious dogma that humans can not affect a change in our planet's weather patterns. Observational, and testable science shows this idea is just plain wrong.

However, this blanket statement of prideful ignorance was not enough for the Texas Republican Party. See what else Texas Republicans had to say about climate change and the environment after the jump.Under Section 1-36 “Protection from Extreme Environmentalists,” the Texas Republican Party platform reads:

“We strongly oppose all efforts of the extreme environmental groups that stymie legitimate business interests and private property use. We believe the Environmental Protection Agency should be abolished.”

The Environmental Protection Agency was a creation of Republican President Richard Nixon. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency's core purpose and function allows it to oversee water quality, air quality, pesticide safety, the establishment and management of superfund sites, toxic cleanups, and much much more. Without the Environmental Protection Agency, many poisons, such as lead, would be allowed in both our public drinking water and the air we breath.

Under Section 5-73 “Global Warming,” the Texas Republican Party platform reads:

“We believe we are to be good stewards of our planet and thus manage the resources it provides. We believe that the changes in climate that we have observed are simply part of the ongoing natural planetary cycle; we reject the use of this natural process to promote more government regulation of the private economy. Furthermore we reject the idea of “climate justice” and the accompanying redistribution of wealth that comes with accepting it.”

Again, The Texas Republican Party has rejected basic observational scientific data. It is true the levels of carbon dioxide fluctuates over time in a regular pattern, but the last 100 years of human history does not fit in the last 400,000 year pattern of evidence, as seen in the above graph provided by NASA. This data is collected through the fossil record, ice formations, and more through the discovery and exploration of our planet. The carbon levels are not made up, they are proposed through observation, tested, re-tested, and re-tested again until it is disproven. The information available on the history of our planet's carbon levels has not been disproven to date, nor does our observational data suggest the proposed trend could be inaccurate.

The Texas Republican Party platform also includes several sections that encourages anti-environmental behavior.

Section 5-42 “Land Drilling” reads:

“We support land drilling and production operations including hydraulic fracturing.

Section 5-43 “Cap and Trade” reads:

“We oppose the implementation of any Cap and Trade (aka “Cap and Tax”) system through legislation or regulation.

Section 5-44 “U.S. Department of Energy” reads:

“We support the elimination of the Department of Energy.”

Section 5-45 “Keystone XL Pipeline” reads:

“We support the immediate approval and construction of the Keystone XL and other pipelines that will reduce our reliance on imported oil and natural gas from unstable or unfriendly countries.”

Section 5-50 “Incandescent Lightbulbs” reads:

“We support the freedom to continue to use and manufacture incandescent light bulbs.”

Section 5-59 “Exotic Livestock” reads:

“We encourage the freedom of farmers, ranchers and producers to be able to raise and promote all livestock, wildlife and other protected species for conservation, consumption and economic development.”

In a Republican Texas, zebra, elephant, and tiger could all be available for purchase at your local grocer, no matter how many are left!

Texas Republicans could use a lesson in basic, observational science from Dr. Tyson.

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About Author

Joseph Vogas

Joseph was raised in Friendswood, Texas in North Galveston County. He went on to graduate from the University of North Texas with a degree in Political Science. After working for multiple campaigns, Joseph was able to work in the 83rd legislature in Austin in 2013. While retired from professional campaign work, Joseph enjoys sharing his knowledge of campaign data how to win elections in naturally unfriendly turf with others. Joseph is an avid archer and enjoys all things geek including Star Wars and DC Comics.

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