When Republicans have power, they pack the United States House of Representatives
Committee on Science, Space and Technology with dunces and fools.
Jon Stewart covers the highlights of a recent hearing well in this video (http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/8q3nmm/burn-noticed) starting at around 3 minutes, but for those of you with little patience, here are the highlights
Dana Rohrabacher (Vice Chairman - R-IN)
At what level is CO2 dangerous to humans (Concern is for environment rather than direct affect on humans).
Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
Public comments say it is not a problem (look at scientific literature rather than public comments)
Climatologists depend on the climate’s changing to keep publishing articles, so I don’t believe it (So they are bought but Bucshon, whose largest campaign donors are Murray Energy, Koch Enterprises and Peabody Energy is not? Besides, if the scientists could be bought, Bucshon’s campaign contributors would have bought them).
“Scare tactics like that, you know, is really appalling”
Steve Stockman (R-TX)
The effects of the Earth’s wobble are not included in the models (The wobbles are over a cycles of 22 thousand years or longer and have a tiny effect on timescale of 100 years over which the models are forecasting).
How long will it take for the sea level to rise two feet; if ice melting in a glass does not overflow (Yes, but what about the ice which is melting on the land)
These are the caliber of men who serve on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology when Republicans have power.
Look up Al Gore and Occidental Petroleum on Corpwatch.org
Al Gore: The Other Oil Candidate
"Gore recommended that the Elk Hills be sold as part of his 1995 "Reinventing Government" National Performance Review program. Gore-confidant (and former campaign manager) Tony Coelho served on the board of directors of the private company hired to assess the sale's environmental consequences. The sale was a windfall for Oxy. Within weeks of the announced purchase Occidental stock rose ten percent.
That was good news for Gore. Despite controversy over Dick Cheney's plans to keep stock options if elected, most Americans don't know that we already have a vice president with oil company stocks. Before the Elk Hills sale, Al Gore controlled between $250,000-$500,000 of Occidental stock (he is executor of a trust that he says goes only to his mother, but will revert to him upon her death). After the sale, Gore began disclosing between $500,000 and $1 million of his significantly more valuable stock.
Nowhere is Al Gore's environmental hypocrisy more glaring than when it comes to his relationship with Occidental. While on the one hand talking tough about his "big oil" opponents and waxing poetic about indigenous peoples in his 1992 book "Earth in the Balance," the Elk Hills sale and other deals show that money has always been more important to Al Gore than ideals."
Enviros Question Gore's Commitment in a N.Y. Times Ad Expose V.P.'s "Deep Ties" to Occidental Petroleum
"The U'wa, a remote Colombian tribe, are engaged in a tense standoff with Los-Angeles based Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) over the drilling of the Gibraltar 1 oil well. The U'wa, a deeply spiritual people who believe that oil is the "blood of mother earth", have repeatedly stated that they "are willing to die" to keep oil drilling off of their ancestral lands."
"Who is Al Gore? Environmental Champion or Petroleum Politician? The U'wa people need to know"
USA: U'wa March Trashes Gore
"Leaders of the U'wa, a 5,000-member tribe who live in the Colombian cloudforest, were denied entry visas today to participate in a downtown Los Angeles rally and march, apparently because their threats -- to stop the Occidental Petroleum Company from drilling on their homeland and, barring that, to commit collective suicide -- are not good publicity for Al Gore.
To put it mildly, the U'wa are a touchy issue for Gore. The presidential candidate owns between $500,000 and $1 million in Occidental stock and his father, Al Gore Sr., served as chair of the board for 28 years, earning an annual salary of $500,000. The elder Gore was such a close political ally of the company that Armand Hammer, Occidental's founder and CEO, liked to say that he had Gore "in my back pocket.""
"we can achieve major reductions in greenhouse gases at a cost of 0.2 percent of GDP. That’s cheap!"
"the economics of climate protection look quite easy."
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