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Ridiculous Rick and The American President

A couple of nights ago I watched a wonderful flick (not for the first time), The American President. I was a little surprised that this film, made in 1995, revolved in large part around an issue still unresolved today – 16 years later. Can you guess, or remember, what it was? Here’s a hint:

From Think Progress:

Rick Perry Is Trying To Make Climate Denial A Faith-Based Issue

Presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) is presenting his denial of climate science as rooted in his same faith that evolution is a hoax. Perry’s response to the greenhouse-powered drought in Texas has been to issue an official prayer for rain, while spurning man’s responsibility. On the campaign trail, he portrays the climate science as a “secular carbon cult” working against his infallible faith.

However, climate science denial has a very different provenance from other conservative anti-scientific attitudes. The facts of climate science challenge the business model of the fossil fuel industry, whereas the facts of evolution and the like challenge religious fundamentalism. The oil industry and evangelicals form two pillars of American conservatism (see the work of Allen Lichtman and Kevin Phillips), but their networks and influence are not the same. Climate denial has traditionally been spread not through conservative churches but through the secular, oil-funded media networks — the Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh.

The arguments made against natural selection are rooted in a century-old cultural conflict over the origin of man. However, the main line of attack against climate science has been taken recently from the tobacco industry playbook, raising doubts about the science and convincing business leaders that the expense of pollution reduction would be ruinous.

Yes, it was global warming and an energy bill requiring a twenty percent reduction of the emission of fossil fuels:

Tomorrow morning the White House is sending a bill to Congress for it’s consideration. It’s White House Resolution 455, an energy bill requiring a twenty percent reduction of the emission of fossil fuels over the next ten years. It is by far the most aggressive stride ever taken in the fight to reverse the effects of global warming.

Here’s the whole great speech:

We need a speech like that today from OUR president!

By the way, at the end of the movie, the last line of dialogue is seasonally inappropriate. Can you explain why?