Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Climate Change Denial Breeds Bad Legislation

From Thom Hartmann Email:
Thom's blog
Disappointing climate change legislation, and climate science denial
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has expressed "deep disappointment" with the direction Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is heading with climate legislation being crafted with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT). In a letter to Kerry, Sanders expressed "serious concerns about provisions that could harm our environment and provide new federal government support for polluters." Sounds like Kerry, Graham, and Leiberman are looking to industry for future campaign contributions, while Sanders is looking out for the rest of us. A few examples of Senator Sanders' concerns are that the federal government may prevent states from having environmental regulations stronger than federal ones, will risk taxpayer dollars by financing and insuring new nuclear power plants, will help cover the costs and risks of corporate offshore oil drilling, and will grandfather and lock into place the dreadful poisons emitted by older coal fired power plants.

Koch Industries has become a financial kingpin of climate science denial and clean energy opposition, spending over $48.5 million since 1997 to fund the climate denial machine, according to an extensive report today by Greenpeace. One of the two Koch brothers, among Americas richest billionaires, is also a major funder of one of the front groups that support the tea parties. Bottom line? The more the tea partiers can help stop "government regulation" of the oil industry - or taxation of carbon - the more money the Kochs will make.

Beware. The Flash animation or whatever it is on that Greenpeace site almost brought my computer to its knees, anthromorphically metaphorically speaking.

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