«The new core [=Antarctic ice sample] could be enough to discredit the fast diminishing band of climate sceptics, who have the ear of the Bush administration and who say that the climate has always fluctuated and man's destruction of forests and use of oil has nothing to do with the current rising temperatures and increased storminess across the world.»
No amount of actual data could convince President Biff, or his throngs of collaborators, to actually tend to something as un-sexy as energy conservation. The data from the icecores will be denied. "More research" will be needed. Forever. Because "war on greenhouse gasses" doesn't have the narcissistic appeal of "war on terror".
«Given that fascism is among other things a carnival of unreason, it would be odd to expect from it a coherent theoretical case. As Paxton recognises, its approach to ideas is shamelessly pragmatist: truth is whatever works to inspire the Volk and unite the nation.»
The Party's tactical trinity on difficult subjects is, as always: deny, downplay, and delay. After all, it worked for keepin' down the negroes! Besides being a very histrionic approach, it's a very corporate one too -- as should please everyone who'd ever hoped that Bush-2 would "run the government like a business".
To paraphrase Saint Augustine: Lord, give me environmentalism -- but not now.