Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Yeah, Sunspots - That's the Ticket!

Sunspots appear to have inflamed Sen. Ted Stevens's mind. I'm thinking it is a terminal condition.

At a hearing on climate change and other issues in the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday, our Patron Saint waxed on reasons we should discount climate models which show a need for more persistent and all-encompassing actions on dealing with the effects of climate change. Sen. Stevens will be quoted on these statements through the rest of the week, and through the few remaining months of is long career.

He attributes many ongoing warming trends to recent upsurges in sunspot activity. The audio from the hearing is here.

What bothers me most about his rant isn't the allegation he's making. It is the way that he makes it. Play the section between 17 minutes and 40 seconds and 24 minutes and 20 seconds a couple of times. Even if he were stating his case on a subject everyone agreed upon, would you not be concerned about his mental state? His stutters and fade-ins and fade-outs of cognitive control are more than a little disturbing. He does not have six years of cognitive control in his future. Period. I've seen this happen before. He's bounced back before. This is different, and sad.

Along with all else bringing him down now, I do wish he'd listened to some of us who advised him to step down some time ago.


This is embarrassing and disgraceful.

hat tip to Alaskan Abroad.

image by darkblack

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