Congress’ climate deniers: In their own words

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Congress’ climate deniers: In their own words

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:22 pm

Congress’ climate deniers: In their own words

The Obama campaign’s newly minted advocacy group has mined a vein of political gold, namely goofy remarks by Congress’ climate change deniers — mainly Republicans from Texas and the Deep South who are strumpets for Big Oil and Big Coal, but also House Speaker John Boehner.

Organizing for Action released a greatest-hits video on Thursday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... iUc0D6_UPA

It contains such gems as Georgia’s GOP Rep. Paul Broun (a U.S. Senate candidate) declaring: “The human induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community.”

Other stars included Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who wanted to apologize to BP for the “shakedown” of forcing the oil giant to establish a cleanup contingency fund after its 2010 Gulf oil spill. “I don’t think CO2 (carbon dioxide) is a problem; I don’t think it should be regulated,” says Barton.

“If we ever want to see real progress on climate change, we need to change the conversation in Washington — right now,” Organizing for Action said in a statement. “We need every member of Congress to be part of the solution. OFA is going to hold these climate deniers accountable — even if we go one by one.”

Note, however, that the president’s people — masters of a 20-million-subscriber email list — are not recommending that followers press Congress to pass any specific legislation.

No mention is made, for instance, of the call by Democratic Govs. Jay Inslee (Washington) and John Kitzhaber (Oregon) for the Obama administration to examine potential climate impacts of proposed coal exports out of Northwest ports to China.

Another question begs asking: Who will hold the president accountable?

After all, the Obama White House pulled the rug out from under former Environmental Protection Administrator Lisa Jackson when she wanted to limit emissions that cause smog.

The president has a major environmental decision coming up — whether to approve the 1,700-mile-long Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from the Alberta tar sands project to refineries in Texas and Louisiana. The Alberta project is a massive emitter of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Leaders of the Sierra Club, and such celebrity greens as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have been arrested in protests at the White House.

Still, Obama did talk powerfully, if generally, about climate change in his State of the Union speech.

A generation ago, “green” Republicans championed such laws as the Clean Air Act. A Republican president, Richard Nixon, signed the Clean Air Act and National Environmental Policy Act into law. Another, President George H.W. Bush, signed legislation strengthening the Clean Air Act.

But these seminal laws are now under attack from the Paul Brouns, Joe Bartons, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Doc Hastings, and John Boehners who control the House of Representatives.

Ex-Vice President Al Gore, speaking Tuesday night at Stanford University, despaired of getting Congress to act on global warming. He said:

“There is no other country in the world capable of providing the necessary leadership on climate change. But our democracy is in such disrepair that no meaningful legislation can pass through Congress that changes the bottom line of a single powerful industry.

“It’s pathetic.”

source
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepoliti ... st-things/

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