It is a race to the bottom of the stupid barrel. Tea party-affiliated Senate candidate, Joe Miller (R-Alaska), is a fact-mangling machine. It is difficult to determine whether Miller has issues with math, reading or just reality. The candidate stands obstinately firm in his science denials, although he lives in a state that is ground zero for climate change, is warming twice as fast as the rest of the country and has an average winter temperature increase of six degrees.
This is the second Senate run for Miller who lost to write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski. This time around he plans to win by claiming the least educated vote and being more delusional than his two opponents. Both state Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and former natural resources commissioner, Dan Sullivan, have long of anti-climate histories.
He accuses his opponents of joining “climate change alarmists” and trying to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Clearly, both of my primary opponents have joined with climate change alarmists to push for top-down federal regulation. It’s unclear how empowering the federal government to control even more of our economy, on the authority of dubious scientific claims, comports with free-market economics and Constitutional liberty.
In Miller’s own mind, he is the only real skeptic in the bunch, even though Treadwell openly questions the validity of climate science, and Sullivan was at the forefront in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing to strip the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gasses. Miller disputes those facts by attacking both men on trying to regulate greenhouse emissions. He challenged both of his opponents to “come clean” and admit they had joined the climate change alarmists.
Sullivan’s position on the reality of human-caused climate change has long been in question, but Miller nonetheless called him out, saying:
(Sullivan) unequivocally accepted the premise that climate change is man-caused and embraced numerous mitigation strategies: including a national goal of steep reductions in the consumption of fossil fuels.
And Miller believes he has proof positive that Treadwell is another climate changer, because he testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs in 2009 – once, touting a plan to:
…us[e] cleaner fuels and methods to avoid emissions of soot, black carbon which promotes Arctic warming.
Miller justifies his anti-climate change position by misunderstanding and distorting already distorted facts. After all, Fox News had data showing a 60% increase in Arctic sea ice between 2012 and 2013. But Skeptical Science explains that a one-year growth doesn’t really mean anything. Miller points to an CNS article on a Canadian evolutionary biologist blogger, Dr. Crockford, who claimed Arctic polar bears could be threatened by too much sea ice. But most of the peer-reviewed scientific articles say otherwise. Finally Miller notes that the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks found Alaska’s average temperature by 2.34 degrees between 2000 and 2010. But the Institute’s study specifically says that Alaska’s temperature has increased in general since instrumental records were available. The recent drop was only a “temporary variation.”
Miller trails both of his opponents in polls for the August 19th primary against incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D). The seated Senator leans to the moderate side on regulating heat-trapping emissions. While he acknowledges global warming as a reality and supports a greenhouse emission cap, he traditionally votes with Republicans against certain emission sources. His primary concern is the cost of action versus inaction. Begich also supports oil drilling in the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge and horizontal drilling into Alaska’s Coastal Plain.
Apparently, our junior senator is unaware that there are good reasons to doubt the alarmists’ conclusions (Miller once again cited the same trifecta of inaccurate data).
If Miller’s wants to be the least intelligent candidate, he may be a winner.