But I did find something in the announcement of the task force formation, as delivered in the Times-Dispatch this morning, to be mildly amusing:
Kaine appoints climate panelA "bipartison panel."
Group of 32 to draft plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 30 percent
By Andrew Cain, Times-Dispatch Politics Editor
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine yesterday announced the formation of a 32-member, bipartisan panel on climate change. (link)
Now, you might think that a bipartison panel would include those "for" and those "against" - in this case global warming theory. But you'd be mistaken. This panel begins with the premise that global warming is fact, that humans can do something about it, and its only charge is to figure out how to achieve a 30% reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases. The debate, apparently, will be in the "how," not the "should." Or even "if." The "bi-" part of the partisanship remains unclear.
We need 32 scholars and/or gentlemen for that?
I'll give the reporter credit, though. Mr. Cain did provide a balanced view. Including a few quotes from none other than our own (rather controversial) Patrick J. Michaels, former state climatologist:
"I would be happier if the commission had at least one climate scientist on it because that scientist would inform the commission of the effect that the Virginia plan would have on temperature.32 high-powered movers and shakers from around the commonwealth are going to meet (with fanfare, bands playing, camera flashes flashing, breathless reporters breathlessly reporting) to hammer out a plan to reduce atmospheric temperatures by six-one hundredths of one degree (celsius).
"If every nation of the world that has obligations under the Kyoto Protocol on climate change adopted and met the Virginia target, the amount of warming that would be prevented would be approximately six-hundredths of a degree Celsius per half century.
"That's not a lot of bang for your buck."
Virginia saved. News at 11.
You go, Tim.