By Patrick Appel
Please don't get me wrong, it's not simply that Mr Barton is a climate-change skeptic. There are plenty of those and some make decent arguments against moving ahead with measures to control emissions. The problem with Mr Barton is that he is wholly uninterested in the science and statistics of the global warming debate. He is about as curious as a dead cat, as is his colleague in the Senate, James Inhofe. Yet this is who the Republicans have out in front on the issue of global warming. It is well past time some of the party's brighter lights pushed back against this anti-intellectual offensive.