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  • Liberal Senators Dodge Tough Climate Votes

    At the United Nations, President Obama tried desperately to convince the international community we have entered a “new era,” one in which the United States was serious about tackling global warming. His allies in the U.S. Senate do not appear eager to address the issue, as they used parliamentary procedures to dodge tough climate-related votes on the Interior-Environment Appropriations bill.

    Dodge Number One

    Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) attempted to offer several climate-related amendments, including one that would have forced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct an investigation into alleged suppression Dr. George Carlin’s research. President Obama has been a ferocious critic of the politicizing scientific research “to advance predetermined ideological agendas.” Such an investigation would seem to be a non-partisan, non-ideological issue.

    However, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) blocked Barrasso’s amendment, claiming her objection “has nothing to do with the distinguished Senator, whom I respect enormously. It does have something to do with putting climate change in this bill.” Putting “climate change” in the bill? The committee report, which she submitted, uses the word “climate” 34 separate times.

    Dodge Number Two

    Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) attempted to offer an amendment that would have prevented the unelected bureaucrats at EPA from implementing a de facto cap-and-trade program. Even though Murkowski has expressed concern over global warming, she believes the EPA’s approach is “is one of our worst options to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.” She is in not alone in that sentiment. Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA), House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN), Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), and even EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson have all expressed similar concern. Again, this would appear to be a non-partisan, non-ideological issue.

    However, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) blocker her amendment without explanation. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was “pleased that the rules of the United States Senate did not allow this very dangerous amendment to be brought before the body.” Dangerous amendment? EPA regulations could capture more than 1 million buildings – including hospitals, schools and churches – in a complex and costly regulatory web.

    Public Outcry Reaches the Senate

    The Senate was designed to insulate legislators from the whim and passions of the citizenry. It is quite clear, however, that Senators are responding to the increased public skepticism in government and in global warming science. Senator Thune succinctly described the situation facing the Senate:

    “From what I hear about the whole debate on climate change and cap-and-trade legislation that has passed in the House, it won’t be voted on in the Senate this year and the reason it won’t be voted on is because there are a lot of people in this chamber who don’t want to have a vote because they know it is a bad vote for them to make.”

    By avoiding tough climate-related votes, the Senate is signaling that global warming is quickly becoming a political third rail.

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    9 Responses to Liberal Senators Dodge Tough Climate Votes

    1. Linda Bottger Willow says:

      Please pass along my opinion to Congress:

      NO CAP'N'TAX' …aka Cap'n'Trade Bill should be passed! With all due respect, — Americans can't afford it!! Thank you! L. Bottger, R.N.

    2. Richard, TX says:

      If climate legislation is passed, it will become the next golden goose and you won't even have to be a trial lawyer to cash in.

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    4. J. Beaudreault, NC says:

      1.) This is just another tax scheme disguised as cure! Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Lobbyist and offset traders will make another killing with the taxpayer footing the bill.

      Be aware, if this doesn't pass, they will use the EPA regulations as defacto cap and trade. Other countries are more blatant about assessing a daily fee to permit pollution. It doesn't make it right.

      2.) Carbon dioxide is present in the atmosphere at a level of about 370 PPM (parts per million). They are claiming that a difference of 6-7 PPM over a period of 100 years will have catastrophic results. A couple of volcano eruptions can create a far worse and immediate impact.

      3.) Cherry picking reports and suppressing findings that do not support their ideology is clearly an indication that a ruse is being pulled over on us by charlatans who plan to make huge financial gains.

    5. Bobbie Jay says:

      And let's not forget their manipulative evidence is inconclusive to the term "urgent" anyway.

      There is simply no need. For energy independence, for employment, for economic growth, drill here and drill now. Continue the use of coal, open nuclear energy facilities. If these things are so poisonous to the earth, use them until they no longer exist in the earth! Controlled Pollution does not cause global warming…

    6. johnboy, mass says:

      stimlus–car for clunkers–bail outs–extended unemployment–etc….JUST SEND YOUR PAY& CHILDRENS to "O the Bama inc." and we will send back what we think you need to live on?????????

    7. Bob, NC says:

      Please read Ian Plimer's book Heaven and Earth Global Warming The Missing Science. His last sentence is Human stupidity is only exceeded by Gods' mercy, which is infinite.

    8. Bob, NC says:

      Please read Ian Plimer’s book Heaven and Earth Global Warming The Missing Science. His last sentence is Human stupidity is only exceeded by Gods’ mercy, which is infinite.

    9. Linda Johnson, Dahon says:


      check this commentary out of english scientist disproving global warming.co2 has nothing to do with it, weather has always changed, from bitterly cold to periods of greater warming than now and the polar bear survived. this is a political lie to rape us once again. they spread their propaganda, and they use it to spread big government, and tax business, and the consumers to take us down faster.They are sharks on a feeding frenzy..push these bills through as fast as they an before we find out it is just a lie, just a the public healthcare bill. wake up America befre it is too, late!!

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