Montana State Rep. Joe Read (R) introduced legislation this week which purports that "global warming is beneficial to the welfare and business climate" of Montana.
In an interview with Brad Johnson of Think Progress, Read had this to say:
The science is driven by grant money. It’s all on the side for writing studies that global warming is happening. There’s nothing on the side that says I wish to write a paper that global warming is not an issue. Money has been flowing into the grant purse.
Typical formulaic GOP drone answer to global warming. I just have to wonder if Rep. Read considers the fact that the glaciers in Glacier National Park are expected to be completely gone by 2030 to be a boon for Montana’s tourism industry, since, you know, "global warming is beneficial to the welfare and business climate"….
As recently as 100 years ago, Montana's Glacier National Park had more than 150 glaciers throughout its more than one million acres.
In 2005 only 27 remained. Today the total is down to a just 25 and those that are left are mere remnants of their former frozen selves.
With warmer temperatures and changes to the water cycle, scientists predict Glacier National Park will be glacier-free by 2030.
Daniel Fagre, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) ecologist who works at the national park believes that even those estimates are too conservative and says the park's namesakes will be gone about ten years ahead of their predicted demise.
"The glaciers have been around for the last seven thousand years," he told CNN, "and if we are going to lose them in the next 10 or 20 years that is a pretty radical shift."
The rapid melting of glaciers has led scientists to believe that mountains are more susceptible to global warming than the lowlands beneath them.