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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 01:40 PM
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Triumph of the flat-earth Republicans


In this week's most obvious serving of dog-bites-man news, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted on Tuesday to approve a measure designed to stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. This was not unexpected: House Republicans declared their crusade against the EPA on day one of the new Congress.

But along the way, three Democrats on the committee put Republicans neatly on record by proposing three short amendments to the "Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011."

Henry Waxman, D-Calif., asked Congress to concede that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level."

Diana DeGette, D-Colo.'s, amendment asked Congress to accept "the scientific finding of the Environmental Protection Agency that the 'scientific evidence is compelling' that elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases resulting from anthropogenic emissions 'are the root cause of recently observed climate change.'"

Jay Inslee, D-Wash., asked Congress to accept that "the public health of current generations is endangered and that the threat to public health for both current and future generations will likely mount over time as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere and result in ever greater rates of climate change."

Every single Republican on the committee voted against all three amendments, with the sole exception of Tennessee's Martha Blackburn, who declined to vote on DeGette's amendment.

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http://www.salon.com/news/global_warming/index.html?sto...
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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 01:45 PM
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1. If stupidity were gold
the Repukes could buy the moon a hundred times over.
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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 01:51 PM
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2. Hard to believe that Nixon started the EPA!
Even if he was a bit reluctant...
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 02:15 PM
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3. If we segregated republicans from the sane segment of the population
they would quickly kill themselves off through their stupidity.

Unfortunately, whatever stupid thing that they did to cause their demise would probably be stupid in such a big way that it would wipe out all the sane people too.
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FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 02:17 PM
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4. Can the Senate block it?
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