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As Louisiana Floods Rage, Republicans Are Blocking Modest Climate Action


As Louisiana Floods Rage, Republicans Are Blocking Modest Climate Action

Raúl Grijalva

If we needed a reminder of the importance of taking climate change seriously, the floods in Louisiana are providing a big one on a daily basis. When it comes to the big environmental issues, our country’s polarization is historically unusual, and it’s already gone way too far. That’s why the latest fight to break out in Washington over climate issues needs more attention.


Back in l992 one of my clients leaked a report to me put out by INSURANCE agencies that exposed just how seriously THEY were taking climate change/global warming events.

Then there's the Pentagon report that cites global warming and the fires, floods, tornadoes, violent storms (and other weather-climate anomalies it will give rise to) amounting to one of humanity's greatest threats.

Typically, Insurance companies and the military vote Republican.

So why aren't these 2 substantial entities weighing in on this matter?

Of course, the Shock Doctrine profiteers are salivating over all the catastrophes they can make a profit from fixing or attempting to ameliorate--after the fact.

As any wise health practitioner knows: Prevention is worth pounds of cure; and that diagnosis (and treatment strategy) pertains to Earth Mother's condition today.

Right now a maniac on my block is taking down an old Oak Tree. Were it not for the fact that Private Property trumps sanity (and the necessary preservation of interlocking ecosystems), I'd try to "Stand my Ground" and protect that tree.


Really sick of the pretense the Republicans are the bad guys and the Dems are the white hats on climate change.



I wouldn't say that these conservative Republicans who have been blocking action on climate change are the party of Donald Trump. Rather, Donald Trump's party appears to consist mainly of what is referred to as the alternative right. The Alt-Right isn't concerned about shrinking the size of government. It is more concerned about blocking immigration and basically keeping the US as much as possible a country for people of European ancestry. Basically it is a white nationalist movement. Rush Limbaugh did not want to support Donald Trump since Limbaugh is a conservative but to keep his audience and the money rolling in he had to. But whether the Republican Party is dominated by conservatives or the alternative right it appears that it will continue to block action on climate change.


I am not sure that pointing out the fact that the Republican congressional majority is using its power to create obstacles to any discourse on climate change is the equivalent of saying Democrats are saints. At this point I have stopped looking at it as a party issue--to me, the operative mechanisms in these obscenely stupid decisions are materialism, capitalism and the fear of losing a comfortable status quo .


Head-in-the-sand policies continue to dominate the agenda


Thanks, both parties are funded by fossil fuel corporations. Look at Clinton's choice for her "transition team" and her refusal to address fracking. My democratic governor and mayor are both supported by fossil-fuel corporations. The republicans are more honest about that support.


Great points and it sounds like the least they could do considering climate change is baring down on us every day.
I appreciate Mr. Grijalva's work to get this pushed through but he didn't mention the Democrats that are not deniers but certainly take enough cash from oil and gas companies that they wouldn't vote for it either. Clinton being one. The Governor of my state is another.
The biggest problem isn't denial it's corruption.


Mark Twain famously said that America has no native criminal class except Congress.
IMO Republicans are as sociopathic as Trump. On the corrupt Dems side,Wasserman Schultz et al rigged the primaries, along w/help from local officials. We have her to thank for HRC and not BERNIE as our candidate.She is fighting for her political seat in Florida.
If any folks reading this can lend a hand to the political fight by SUPPORTING TIM CANOVA, instead of DWS [her very name makes one retch] your support will be for the guy in white hat! He has a terrific resume while she has been a party hack and taker of dirty money up and down the line. TIME CANOVA for her seat,
and while I'm recommmending, please also look @ the great ALAN GRAYSON fighting for the SENATE SEAT. You don wanna see the jerk Marco Rubio in it, do you?
In SC the 1-year anniversary is bearing down of our own 100-year flood, not nearly so destructive as in Louisiana, but hugely disruptive in these parts. [Yes, Virginia, there are Bernie lovers and all-round PROGRESSIVES even in the benighted state of Sourth Carolina. We suffer, but we are here. Go CANOVA, Go GRAYSON. Down w/party hacks that crawled out from under rocks along w/Inhofe and other Rethuglican climate blockheads and blockers of all things sensible.


"As Louisiana Floods Rage, Republicans Are Blocking Modest Climate Action"

No surprise there.


Good cop, bad cop political paradigm.


Really sick of the pretense that Republicans are anything but immoral ignoramuses on climate change.
Really sick of the pretense that if Obama does something RepubliKKKans WOULD DO TOO AND ARE CHEERING, this allows them to sabotage modest, sensible climate change measures THAT STOPS KILLING AMERICANS.
The deaths in Louisiana are fully to blame on Imhofe and his band of merry KILLERS.


OMG Clinton isn't nationalizing the oil industry!!! This must means she's worse than RepubliKKKans, and of course more immoral than Trump as well. Remember Trump?

www huffingtonpost com/entry/donald-trump-racist-examples_us_56d47177e4b03260bf777e83

1 The Justice Department sued redneKKK Trumps company — twice — for not renting to black people
2 textbook racist Trump refused to condemn the white supremacists who are campaigning for him
3 warcrimes promoter Trump questions whether President Obama was born in the United States

4 Sex-with-daughter-desirer Trump treats racial groups as monoliths

5 Putinlover Trump trashed Native Americans, too

6 Tax-returns dodger Trump, encouraged the mob justice that resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of the Central Park Five

7 Freeloader aka non-bills paying Trump condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester

8 PROUD Draftdodger Trump/ redneKKK Trump called supporters who beat up a homeless Latino man “passionate”

9 NATO-ally traitor Trump stereotyped Jews as good negotiators — and political masterminds

10 non-Wallbuilder Trumps discrimination against black people has been a pattern in his career: “Trump disparaged his black casino employees as “lazy” in vividly bigoted terms, according to a 1991 book by John O’Donnell”


TheSteelGeneral Joined 1 hour ago

And already here blasting Trump.

Listen Genius, there are very few here who support Trump - and quite a few of us don't support Frackwoman Warmonger either.

Yes, Republicans are terrible on Climate Change. So are Democrats.

Is it true Correct The Record only pays 34 cents a post?


"Rob Bishop, a Republican congressman from Utah, said of the document: “You can kiss energy independence goodbye.” "

”Pretending that climate change isn’t real was politically expedient in the past. Today it’s dangerous for millions of Americans, and it dooms the Republican Party to irrelevance in climate discussions.”

Yes, but….
Denying that climate change is happening, human-caused and dangerous has been insane since the 1970s at least; pretending reality doesn’t exist is always the definition of insanity. To say this is dangerous for ”millions of Americans” may be technically sort of true, but in fact climate change is the most important issue in the world now and will be for the foreseeable future. It’s dangerous for all 323 million people in the US, all 954 million in the Americas, and the entire world population of 7.1 billion people as well as most of the other 10 million species on Earth.

The US hasn’t been anywere near energy independent for 200 years. Half a century of stated policy of trying to get there has only resulted in more dependence on foreign oil--and war, and oppression and enormous psychological effects. The highly destructive processes of fracking, tar sands, etc. have artificially and temporarily made it seem like we could approach energy independence using fossil fuels. But how much of the world’s fossil fuel reserves we have is completely irrelevant since we have to stop burning them in less than 10 years to have any reasonable hope of civilization surviving.

Germany, with pitiful solar resources, provides nearly 40% of its electricity with renewables. The Scandinavian grid is 2/3 renewable with primary energy at 1/3 and all are rising. More than 50 countries supply most of their grid with renewable energy; 17 are at or near 100%.
The US, the richest country in the world, with the most fantastic and varied mix of renewable resources in the world, receives many more times the energy every year than we could ever use—solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, tidal, wave, OTEC, waste biomass, and other clean safe renewable energies, is at 10%.

The harmonizing of those sources plus various forms of storage now competing in price, can power the world, but the US needs to get the hell out of the way.


Party hack gonna hack.
Grijalva's half right, of course. Yep, th GOP stymies climate change legislation as a matter of principle. But they're not even remotely alone.
Presidents have considerable power over environmental standards as long as there is a regulatory body that can wade into the fray. We've had 8 years of Democratic leadership. And what's happened? (Crickets)

Why, just the other day, the nominee you likely supported (and if he didn't, by all means Correct My Record) was playing footsie with Salazar. Obama spent 7 years hemming on Keystone.

You're trying to score partisan points on a critical issue that has everything to do with the capitalist model of the American economy--not the stupid letters of 2 sclerotic parties. And that makes you deluded, seriously uninformed, or supremely cynical.

Keep climate change resistance where it belongs: pressure on BOTH parties in position to improve things.


Your Clinton talking points have earned you a few cents, I didn't know she was still paying trolls. I was referring to CLIMATE. She is little better than Trump on this issue. You can support the Queen of fracking and war if you choose -- heck, someone has to do it. I'll vote for Jill Stein and more importantly, continue to work on actual issues that matter.


It's likely to be TOO LATE anyway to address this problem! See this: http://guymcpherson.com/2016/08/the-politics-and-science-of-our-demise/