A nobel-winning panel issued a report that global change is now so “severe and so sweeping that only urgent, global action” can prevent global disaster. The problem is that no one appears to be listening in the halls of power in the United States, particularly not President Bush who for many years called the theory of global warming “junk science” and from his own vaulted scientific background disregarded experts in his own administration. While polls show a high majority of Americans want action, corporate lobbyists have succeeded in gutting any serious effort in Washington. For today’s story, click here What is astonishing is that Bush seems entirely unconcerned that his most lasting legacy (besides blissfully riding an economy into a recession) will be the president who prevented any action to be taken as scientists worldwide declared a series of emergencies. Of course, he will share the ignobility with the Indian and Chinese governments — fine company. The real question, as always, is where is Congress?