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Tweeting about the weather seems inocuous enough. The exception is when you use the weather on a particular day to justify your denial of climate change, even though national academies of science in many civilized nations say global warming is real.
However, Vicky Hartlzer wasn't really mocking anyone when she asked her Twitter followers to pray for rain today. Similarly, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin asked the people of her state to pray for rain during a drought in her state. No doubt this heat wave has been brutal in Missouri -- just look at the record highs set in July.
Maybe it is time to stop treating climate change like it is a joke as well. In fact, people of faith have called for action to be taken to reverse the trends of global warming. People of science and people of faith can be one in the same.
Missouri's entire GOP delegation in the U.S. House voted against a very simple amendment yesterday "that would have put the chamber on record backing the widely held scientific view that global warming is occurring and humans are a major cause." The proposed amended was very simple:
That was it. Todd Akin, Jo Ann Emerson, Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Blaine Luetkemeyer and Billy Long all voted against it. Reps. Cleaver, Clay and Carnahan all supported the presumably noncontroversial statement.
h/t Political Wire
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Blaine Luetkemeyer announced today that he is re-introducing legislation that he says would prohibit the US from "contributing to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an organization fraught with waste and engaged in dubious science." Luetkemeyer introduced similar legislation in the lass Congress, winning the support of fellow luminaries like Michele Bachmann, Todd Akin, Steve King and Joe Barton.
This move should shock no one. Luetkemeyer has a long history of completely misrepresenting scientific data about climate change, and believing "man-made global change is nonsense."
Here's what the Post-Dispatch wrote in July 2009 about his embarrassing work in Washington on issues of climate change and clean energy policy.
If Republicans and their donors hadn't spent enormous sums of time and money in recent years misinforming and confusing the public about the reality of global warming and climate change, this tweet from Rep. Jo Ann Emerson might be funny.
But they have, and it isn't.
Emeron's tweet is part of a proud tradition here in Missouri. Leaders in the MOGOP have done way more than their share to advance the causes of their polluting special interests. Here's just a sampling:
Media Matters has uncovered a Fox
It's not news these candidates for Congress choose to live with their heads in the sand, but we should all pause to reflect on the following silliness published today by the Missouri News Horizon:
In addition, Roy Blunt believes “There isn’t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth, ” and Blaine Luetkemeyer says “that human emissions of carbon are causing our climate to change has been proven very doubtful at the most by the sound science that’s being promoted at the present time.”
They are, um, wrong.
Blaine Luetkemeyer is promising to "defund and reign in" the Environmental Protection Agency because it's fixing to 'eliminate private agriculture.' To be sure, there are bipartisan concerns about some EPA proposals, but (a) Luetkemeyer has zero credibility when it comes to an alleged "unwillingness to look at sound science," and (b) his rhetoric and fears about "eliminating private agriculture" are too absurd for words. In this week's 'Blaine Buzz':
Case in point: He doesn't seem to understand the difference between clean energy bills with cap-and-trade provisions and concerns regarding that the possibility that the EPA might regulate carbon pollution under the Clear Air Act. (A market-based cap-and-trade system is a better way to reduce pollution than a clumsy Clean Air Act approach.)
The League of Conservation Voters launched a new website and web video today at FlatEarth.tv focusing on the incredible refusal of Republican candidates to come to terms with basic science about climate change and global warming. “These candidates are full-fledged global warming deniers and in most cases, are backed by Big Oil and other corporate polluters,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski.
Roy Blunt's April 2009 statement to Human Events, "There isn’t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth," is featured prominently in the spoof. Watch it:
Depressing stuff from ThinkProgress: "A comprehensive Wonk Room survey of the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate finds that nearly all dispute the scientific consensus that the United States must act to fight global warming pollution...Remarkably, of the dozens of Republicans vying for the 37 Senate seats in the 2010 election, only one — Rep. Mike Castle of Delaware — supports climate action. Even former climate advocates Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) now toe the science-doubting party line."
As you probably know by now, Roy Blunt believes "There isn’t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth."Read More »
A letter to the editor printed today in the Washington Post from Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, includes some a still-incredible quote from Roy Blunt, first highlighted here on Fired Up! last April:
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I worked on Capitol Hill for a long time, and I do not consider myself naive about the inner workings of Washington. But even I was surprised by two revelations this week exposing the amount of money the oil industry is spending to buy political influence.Read More »
An editorial cartoon worth sharing from Joel Pett of the Lexington Herald Leader:
Just when you thought the U.S. Senate couldn't do any less for clean energy and the environment than it's (not) done so far, we now face the real possibility of what would amount to a "stop-work order" on the 40-year-old, wildly successful (e.g., studies finding benefits outweighing costs at a 40:1 ratio), Clean Air Act.
That's right: believe it or not, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is moving ahead with a sequel to Sen. Lisa Murkowski's nefarious attempt, earlier this summer, to gut the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s power to protect the public health from dangerous pollutants, including harmful greenhouse gases. Just as bad, Rockefeller's proposal would keep America addicted to oil and other old, polluting energy technologies, while delaying or derailing our switch to a clean, prosperous energy economy.
The climate bill blame game has begun. When I first started writing this post about the so-called death of the climate bill, I literally pointed the finger at just about everyone, including myself. The anger poured out, and I was frank in my assessment as well as unforgiving in the motives behind this latest setback.
After I was done with my self-loathing tantrum, the kids ran in the door from camp and I was swept up in the lovely reality of my family's banter. It is summer, so the pace in our home is a bit more relaxed in the evening. We aren't quite as quick to rush through dinner, toss the kids in a bath, and then march them off to bed. Ice cream and extra cuddles are relished, and I am reminded each year at this time why I do this job.
Later, after progeny were tucked in, I went back to my draft blog post to spruce it up. I reread my rage, disappointment, and irrational ramblings and was embarrassed. And I asked myself "What good is all this blame going to do?"Read More »
Lessons from the "Enlightened Eight": Republicans Can Vote Pro-Environment and Not Get "Tea Partied"
On June 26, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 219-212 in favor of HR 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). Only eight Republicans - we'll call them the "Enlightened Eight" - voted "aye." These Republicans were Mary Bono-Mack (CA-45), Mike Castle (DE-AL), John McHugh (NY-23), Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2), Leonard Lance (NJ-7), Mark Kirk (IL-10), Dave Reichert (WA-8), and Christopher Smith (NJ-4).
Republicans voting for cap and trade in the year of the Tea Party? You'd think that they'd be dumped in the harbor by now. Instead, they're all doing fine. In fact, to date, not a single one of these Republicans has been successfully primaried by the "tea party" (or otherwise). Instead, we have two - Castle and Kirk - running for U.S. Senate, one (McHugh) who was appointed Secretary of the Army by President Obama, and five others - Bono-Mack, LoBiondo, Lance, Reichert, Smith - running for reelection.Read More »