Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 09:56.
RealNEO readers are well aware that Ohio Democratic Congressman Sherrod Brown is obstructive of national environmental policy reform, while his brother is Chairman of the Board of a coal-burning powerplant in the impoverished urban community of Cleveland, and his wife disinforms citizens on related issues for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and global syndication. So, Ohio Democratic policy leaders are indebted to industry, and make poor environmental policy decisions. What should Ohioans and the world expect if these failing Democrats are replaced by Republicans, as seems likely...?!
Climate Progress today provides us with links showing "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" - it appears the world is in for a long, hot, globally warmed future ahead, thanks to failing leadership in America OF BOTH PARTIES... with Ohio front and center.
Good work Democrats - you had control when we needed strong environmental policy leadership and you failed to lead well - now our environmental harm is a crisis and you will lose the positions CITIZENS fought so hard to provide you, to be replaced by "brain-dead" Republicans who shall lead America as Republicans always have, for the rich. As national-level politicians are all rich, big-shot politicians of all parties make out better with the nation in the control of Republicans, so are unlikely to care. Real Democrats are poisoned and die unnecessarily as a result of the failure of sell-out Democrats, putting worse Republicans in office. Read about them and weep...
Honestly is the best policy.
Dawn of the brain-dead Senate - GOP fills candidate slate with climate zombies who deny science
Posted: 14 Sep 2010 06:39 AM PDT
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. In May, 2010, the National Academies of Science reported to Congress that “the U.S. should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change” because global warming is “caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for — and in many cases is already affecting — a broad range of human and natural systems.”
This finding is shared by scientific bodies around the world. However, in the alternate reality of the fossil-fueled right wing, climate science is confused or a conspiracy, and policies to limit pollution would destroy the economy.
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. If Castle loses his primary on Tuesday to Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell, the GOP slate will be unanimous in opposition to a green economy.
Many of the Senate candidates are signatories of the Koch Industries’ Americans For Prosperity No Climate Tax pledge and the FreedomWorks Contract From America. The second plank of the Contract From America is to “Reject Cap & Trade: Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures.”
In reality, a carbon cap-and-trade market — by rewarding work instead of pollution — would increase jobs, lower electricity bills, restore American competitiveness, and forestall a climate catastrophe.
GOP SENATE CANDIDATES ON CLIMATE SCIENCE AND POLICY
Sen. Richard Shelby, up for re-election, is equivocal on climate science:
Asked about the debate over global warming, Shelby said, “we should listen to the scientists,” although he did say there is a possibility that the current warming trend is part of a natural cycle. [Tuscaloosa News 2/21/07]
Shelby also opposes the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollution and opposes a cap-and-trade market to reduce global warming pollution: “Such legislation would place an undue burden on American business and families by greatly increasing their energy bills without producing any discernible benefit for the earth’s climate.”
Republican nominee Joe Miller, who knocked off sitting senator Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary, is a global warming denier:
“We haven’t heard there’s man-made global warming.” [Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 8/23/10]
Miller is also a signatory of the Contract From America and the No Climate Tax pledge.
Sen. John McCain, up for re-election, for years during the Bush presidency argued that global warming pollution was an existential threat that required a strict cap-and-trade carbon market. Now that Obama is president and climate policy is a real possibility, McCain sounds and acts like a global warming denier:
I do not support the cap-and-trade energy reform legislation under consideration in Congress. There are dramatic environmental changes happening in the arctic region – whether one believes they are man-made or natural.
McCain now opposes the cap-and-trade policy he once championed, and opposes the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollution.
John Boozman is in denial about man-made global warming:
“Well I think that we’ve got perhaps climate change going on. The question is what’s causing it. Is man causing it, or, you know, is this a cycle that happens throughout the years, throughout the ages. And you can look back some of the previous times when there was no industrialization, you had these different ages, ice ages, and things warming and things. That’s the question.” [KTHV Little Rock, 3/10]
In the same interview, Boozman claimed action to limit carbon pollution would “destroy our economy”: “We don’t need to go overboard in an effort to get that squared away and destroy our economy. And that’s what’s happening with the cap and trade bill. We’re a coal-fired state in Arkansas. You’re talking about potentially doubling our utilities. You’re talking about adding a dollar to the price of gasoline. You can imagine what that would do to the economy.”
Boozman is also a signatory of the No Climate Tax pledge.
Carly Fiorina is a climate change denier:
[Asked “Is climate change real?"] “I’m not sure. I think we should have the confidence and courage to test the science.” [KRON-TV, 3/18/10]
Although Fiorina supported cap and trade to fight global warming and create jobs in 2008, she now opposes both California’s AB 32 green economy legislation and a national cap-and-trade market.
Weld County district attorney Ken Buck is a global warming denier:
“I’ll tell you, I have looked at global warming, now climate change, from both sides. While I think the earth is warming, I don’t think that man-made causes are the primary factor. I am one of those people that Al Gore refers to as a skeptic.” [KBDI-TV, 3/10]
Buck is also a signatory of the Contract From America and the No Climate Tax pledge.
Wrestling executive Linda McMahon is a global warming denier:
“I think there’s evidence to the positive and to the contrary about global warming.” [Hartford Courant, 12/20/09]
Citing the Heritage Foundation, McMahon claims: “Cap-and-trade would destroy on average 13,649 jobs in CT and raise electricity prices by $927.55 per household.”
Rep. Mike Castle is a strong climate activist:
“Believing that we must act now to mitigate the impact of global warming pollution, Rep. Castle supports U.S. participation in international agreements and a cap-and-trade program based on the best available science, which will deliver the kind of reform business and industry need to grow the economy, stabilize the climate, and create more diverse and secure sources of energy.” [Mike Castle]
Castle’s opponent in the Republican primary, Christine O’Donnell, has attacked climate action as a “cap and tax energy scheme which would kill 6,117 Delaware jobs.” She is a signatory of the Contract From America.
Marco Rubio is a global warming denier:
Rubio called Crist “a believer in man-made global warming.” “I don’t think there’s the scientific evidence to justify it,” Rubio said. Asked whether he accepts the scientific evidence that the global climate is undergoing change, he responded, “The climate is always changing. The climate is never static. The question is whether it’s caused by man-made activity and whether it justifies economically destructive government regulation.” Tampa Bay Tribune, 2/13/10]
Rubio is a signatory of the Contract From America and the No Climate Tax pledge.
Jonny Isakson is a cautious global warming denier:
Science has shown us that there has been a gradual warming of the earth over the last 50 years. What is not as clear is whether the cause for this warming is man-made emissions, a cyclical warming of the planet, or a combination of both. Given the uncertainty in the science behind climate change, I believe that we should take proactive steps, both personally and as a nation, to reduce our emissions footprint.
Isakson also opposes the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollution and opposes a cap-and-trade market to reduce global warming pollution: “Cap and trade will raise the cost of energy to all Georgians, the majority of whom get their electricity from coal-fired electric plants. Such a program will tax carbon and redistribute that tax toward other programs unrelated to energy. We need incentives to reduce carbon, not taxes to punish its production.”
Cam Cavasso is a global warming denier:
“I support energy development that reduces our dependence on foreign oil and I oppose cap and trade (“tax”) legislation because of its false premise of global warming as well as the financial burden it places on our economy.” [Cam Cavasso]
Sen. Mike Crapo, up for re-election, is a global warming denier:
“While there is no dispute over the fact that the Earth’s climate has changed many times over the planet’s history, the underlying cause of these climactic shifts is ultimately not well-understood and is a matter of vigorous debate.” [Mike Crapo]
Crapo also opposes the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollution and opposes a cap-and-trade market to reduce global warming pollution: “There is not a person on this Committee who opposes a reduction in air pollution. But imposing a massive energy tax on the American people will bring more hurt than benefit.”
Last year, Rep. Mark Kirk was a believer in climate science and the need to reduce carbon pollution:
“There is now a growing scientific consensus that the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide affects average temperatures. According to the National Academy of Scientists, carbon dioxide levels rose to a high of 290 parts per million 130,000 years ago, causing a 20 degree increase in temperature. As carbon dioxide levels fell, so did average temperatures. Both Presidents Bush and their advisors recognized this long relationship and put forward their own plans to reduce the recent rapid growth of atmospheric carbon dioxide, both here and abroad.” [Mark Kirk, 7/1/09]
Although Kirk voted for the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade legislation last summer, by September he said he would oppose it as a senator.
Kirk is also a signatory of the No Climate Tax pledge.
Former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats is a global warming denier:
At a candidate forum Saturday, the Republicans running for the U.S. Senate dismissed the threat of global warming, as well. Former U.S. Rep. John Hostettler called it “junk science.” State Sen. Marlin Stutzman called it a “manufactured controversy.” Former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats discussed this year’s snowstorm in Washington, D.C. [Evansville Courier & Press, 4/18/10]
Coats is also a signatory of the Contract From America and the No Climate Tax pledge.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, up for re-election, is a global warming denier:
Well, I’d be foolish if I didn’t give — I’d be foolish if I didn’t give it some consideration because there’s a massive amount of scientists that feel that it does. But there’s also an increasing number of scientists that have doubt about it. And so, not being a scientist, I don’t know exactly where to say only those things that are really quantifiable, and temperature has risen. But the scientific aspect that I’m still reserving judgment on is the extent to which it’s manmade or natural. [Chuck Grassley conference call, 8/25/09]
Grassley also opposes the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollution and opposes a cap-and-trade market to reduce global warming pollution: “It is important for Members of Congress to recognize that since a cap-and-trade system inevitably involves increased costs for American consumers, it is in effect a national energy tax and emissions allowances represent a portion, but not all of the cost of this tax to the American people.”
Rep. Jerry Moran is a global warming denier:
Congressman Jerry Moran sponsored legislation this week to overturn an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule, that would make carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a danger to public health. . . .Moran also sponsored legislation in 2009 to prohibit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from being classified as air pollutants under the Clean Air Act. [Jerry Moran, 3/2/10]
Moran is also a signatory of the Contract From America and the No Climate Tax pledge.
Rand Paul is a global warming denier and conspiracy theorist:
“Now Osama bin Laden had a quote yesterday. He’s says he’s after the climate change as well. It’s a bigger issue, we need to watch ‘em. Not only because it may or may not be true, but they’re making up their facts to fit their conclusions. They’ve already caught ‘em doing this.” [Rand Paul, 2/4/10]
Paul is also a signatory of Contract From America and the No Climate Tax pledge.
Sen. David Vitter, up for re-election, is a global warming denier and conspiracy theorist:
The real truth is getting out there, and I think citizens are really starting to push back. I think there is beginning to be a serious reconsideration of the science of this. [The Hill, 8/14/09]
Vitter also opposes the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollution and opposes a cap-and-trade market to reduce global warming pollution: “This legislation represents a new tax in the order of more than $1,700 per American household annually, and, if it’s passed, American families can expect to see considerable increases in the cost of electricity, gas, food and utilities. It is clear that most Americans families’ standard of living will be reduced if this cap-and-trade bill is approved by Congress.”
Vitter is a signatory of the No Climate Tax pledge.
The September 14 Republican primary includes 11 candidates. In 2008, county commissioner Eric Wargotz, the primary frontrunner, co-signed a strong climate resolution:
Whereas, leading climate scientists agree that climate disruption is a reality and that human activities are largely responsible for increasing concentrations of gases which warm the atmosphere . . . whereas measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community and within county operations have the potential to also reduce costs through energy savings and to increase the quality of life through improved air quality. [Queen Anne's County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Resolution, 12/08]
Like the other Republican candidates in the field, Wargotz now opposes cap-and-trade legislation. For example, contender Jim Rutledge calls cap and trade “a tax scheme intended to increase federal revenues, increase regulations, and constrain free markets.”
Wargotz, Rutledge, and John Kimble are also signatories of the Contract From America. Rutledge and Wargotz are signatories of the No Climate Tax pledge.
Rep. Roy Blunt is a global warming denier:
“There isn’t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth.” [Human Events, 4/29/09]
Blunt also says that the delay of EPA’s finding that greenhouse gases are pollution should be “indefinite,” opposes a cap-and-trade market, and attempted to block greenhouse gas performance standards for new coal fired power plants.
Blunt is a signatory of the No Climate Tax pledge.
Sharron Angle is a global warming denier:
“I don’t, however, buy into the whole … man-caused global warming, man-caused climate change mantra of the left. I believe that there’s not sound science to back that up.” Climatewire, 5/26/10]
Angle is also a signatory of the Contract From America.
All six Republican Senate candidates — Jim Bender, Gerard Beloin, Bill Binnie, Kelly Ayotte, Dennis Lamare and Ovide Lamontagne — are global warming deniers:
It was symbolic when the six Republican candidates for U.S. Senate stood up together side-by-side during a debate Wednesday. It resembled their positions on major issues. … All said man-made global warming hasn’t been proven. [Foster's Daily Democrat, 8/18/10]
Lamontagne is also a signatory of Contract From America. Ayotte, Bender, Binnie, and Lamontagne are signatories of the No Climate Tax pledge.
Of the three Republicans — Joe DioGuardi, Bruce Blakeman, and David Malpass — challenging Sen. Kristin Gillibrand for the seat formerly held by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, two are global warming deniers:
On global warming, Joe DioGuardi said he believed it, Bruce Blakeman said the jury was still out and David Malpass said he didn’t believe carbon dioxide created from human activity is warming the planet. [NBC-NY, 8/25/10]
Blakeman believes cap and trade is the “primary environmental threat to the nation.” DioGuardi also opposes cap and trade.
Both Republican challengers to Sen. Chuck Schumer — Gary Berntsen and Jay Townsend — are global warming deniers and conspiracy theorists:
Gary Berntsen called claims that the planet is facing a serious environmental crisis “an enormous charade.” Jay Townsend said he’s “willing to believe it’s possible,” but thinks much of the science that has been presented on the subject is a “hoax” and an attempt to “perpetrate a fraud on the American people.” Berntsen said “solar flares and activity from the sun has a greater impact than man has in terms of raising the temperature,” although he admitted pollution is a problem. [YNN, 8/24/10]
Both Berntsen and Townsend are signatories of Contract From America.
Sen. Richard Burr, up for re-election, is a cautious global warming denier:
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said he is skeptical of recent reports showing a threat of rising sea levels in his home state. [E&E Daily, 3/29/06]
Burr also opposes the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollution and opposes a cap-and-trade market to reduce global warming pollution: “While the figures vary, it is clear this massive new federal bureaucracy would lead to higher energy costs for North Carolina families and businesses with little measurable benefit for the environment.”
Burr is a signatory of the No Climate Tax pledge.
Gov. John Hoeven is a global warming denier:
“Well, the science shows that there’s warming. There’s different opinions of exactly what’s causing it.” [Senate Environment and Public Works Hearing, 7/21/09]
Hoeven also opposes EPA limits on greenhouse pollution and opposes cap-and-trade legislation: “cap and trade will only hold back energy development and raise energy prices for hardworking American families.”
Rob Portman is a global warming denier:
“When you analyze all the data, there is a warming trend according to science,” he said. “But the jury is out on the degree of how much is manmade.” [Columbus Dispatch, 7/25/10]
Portman also opposes the EPA “power grab” finding that greenhouse gasesare pollution and opposes cap-and-trade legislation: “There’s a new energy tax coming our way from Washington that’s a job-killer for Ohio, called cap-and-trade.”
Sen. Tom Coburn, up for re-election, is a global warming denier:
Coburn asked how many in the audience thought that climate change was manmade. A minority of the attendees raised their hands. Coburn then asked how many had read the science, and about two-thirds of those hands went down. He then asked how many did not believe climate change was manmade, and a majority of attendees raised their hands. He asked how many had read the science, and roughly half the hands went down. “I am not the smartest man in the world,” Coburn said. “But I have been trained to read scientific documents, and it’s malarkey.”
[Sooner Tea Party, 8/25/09]
Coburn opposes the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollution and opposes a cap-and-trade market to reduce global warming pollution: “There’s a new energy tax coming our way from Washington that’s a job-killer for Ohio, called cap-and-trade.”
Coburn is also a signatory of the Contract From America and the No Climate Tax pledge.
Jim Huffman is a global warming denier:
He casts doubt on scientists’ findings about global warming. It’s “rooted in some fairly vague science,” he says. “There are a lot of studies out there that offer alternative explanations for global climate variations.” Huffman opposes a cap and trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, largely because it will be too expensive. He argues that it’s more realistic to adapt to climate change than disrupt peoples’ lives trying to prevent it. If some island nations become uninhabitable, he says, “I think that’s a tragedy, but we can adapt to that.”[Portland Tribune, 9/2/10]
Huffman is a signatory of the No Climate Tax pledge.
Pat Toomey is a global warming denier:
“There is much debate in the scientific community as to the precise sources of global warming.” [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/14/10]
Toomey opposes a cap-and-trade market to reduce global warming pollution, claiming it is an “energy tax” that “would cost Pennsylvania 66,000 jobs over the next ten years.”
Sen. Jim DeMint, up for re-election, is a global warming denier:
“It’s going to keep snowing in DC until Al Gore cries ‘uncle.’” [Twitter, 2/9/10]
DeMint also opposes the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollution and opposes a cap-and-trade market to limit global warming pollution: “And if the president passes the health care he wants to go straight to cap and trade, which is a huge tax on electricity and energy in our country.”
DeMint is a signatory of the Contract From America.
Sen. John Thune, up for re-election, is a global warming denier:
“The emails made public by the House Energy and Commerce Committee show a high ranking EPA official apparently suppressing scientific views that run counter to the Obama Administration’s determination to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses,” said Thune. “As Congress considers costly climate change legislation that has the potential to reshape our entire economy, a robust debate on the issue is necessary.” [John Thune, 6/30/09]
Thune also opposes the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollution and opposes a cap-and-trade market to limit global warming pollution: “The increased utility and fuel costs that would result from cap and trade legislation, as proposed by President Obama, would equate to a national sales tax on energy that would affect every family in America.”
Thune is a signatory of the No Climate Tax pledge.
Mike Lee is a signatory of Contract From America and the No Climate Tax pledge.
Len Britton supports major subsidies for nuclear power and opposes “environmentally harmful resources such as coal and natural gas,” but has taken no public position on the science of climate change or policy to limit greenhouse pollution.
Dino Rossi is a global warming denier:
Rossi’s campaign said he believes Earth is warming but isn’t sure how much humans are to blame. [Seattle Times, 7/11/10]
Rossi also opposes cap-and-trade as a “job-killing national energy tax.”
Mining and media magnate John Raese is a global warming denier:
“I’m somebody that believes and knows what a farce cap and trade is. And if you have one volcano in the world that one volcano puts out more carbon dioxide than everything that man puts out.” “I don’t think [global warming is] a farce, but I think temperatures go up and I think temperatures go down. But does man have anything to do with it?” [Charleston Gazette, 7/22/10]
Raese is a signatory of the No Climate Tax pledge.
Ron Johnson is a global warming denier:
“I absolutely do not believe that the science of man-caused climate change is proven. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I think it’s far more likely that it’s just sunspot activity, or something just in the geologic eons of time where we have changes in the climate.”[Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 8/19/10]
Johnson also “opposes the job-killing ‘Cap and Trade’ bill which is a crippling national energy tax.”
Johnson is a signatory of Contract From America and the No Climate Tax pledge.
(H/T RL Miller and LCV)
– Brad Johnson, cr0ss-posted via the Wonk Room.