WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bid to strip the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate greenhouse gases fell short in the Senate Wednesday.
The Kentucky Republican’s proposal, an amendment to a small business bill, was rejected on a 50-50 vote; 60 votes were required for passage. Three other EPA-related amendments also failed to reach the 60-vote threshold.
The EPA issued a scientific finding that fossil fuel gases trapping heat in the atmosphere are changing the global climate, threatening human health and the environment. McConnell wanted to overturn that finding and deny the EPA any powers to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
His plan was backed by the United States Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Mining Association and power companies, among others.
The Washington Post just published one hell of read on Ark Encounter, the park with the giant boat that visitors will be told is a replica of the boat that a 600 year old man herded dinosaurs onto a few thousands years ago.
This wonderfully bizarre story on how people who believe that climate change is a myth (God promised Noah there would be no more floods, yo) are warming up to environmental standards even manages to do the unthinkable: it not only mentions the “D” word, it mentions the “U” word:
The Ark Encounter has been in the news recently because of its strict interpretation of the Noah story, a biblical passage that has taken on new resonance as global warming raises fears of larger and more devastating floods and droughts worldwide. Bloggers have pounced on pages from the Answers in Genesis Web site that patiently explain why dinosaurs will be included among the animals represented in its ark display: “God sent two of every (seven of some) land animal into the Ark,” it says. “There were no exceptions.” They also believe in unicorns.
So we now have the Herald Leader and Washington Post mentioning the “D” word. This is progress.
In the meantime, Kentucky’s wave of great publicity continues!
We all know that Mitt “I passed Obamacare before Obama” Romney has no earthly chance of winning the Republican nomination in 2012. How about the guy who looks the strongest in many general election polls, Mike Huckabee? No, not anymore:
(2007 climate change conference)
“I also support cap and trade of carbon emissions. And I was disappointed that the Senate rejected a carbon counting system to measure the sources of emissions, because that would have been the first and the most important step toward implementing true cap and trade.”
The field is looking clearer and clearer for Sarah Palin! Shakin’ things up!
If the new chair of the House environmental committee isn’t Joe “I”m sorry, BP” Barton, it’ll be this guy:
The highest-ranking House official in charge of environmental and energy policy may soon be a Republican legislator who denies climate change on the grounds of his belief that nothing bad can come of the Earth unless it is preordained by God.
Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce since 1997, submitted a letter to his colleagues earlier this week asking for their blessing in his campaign to assume the gavel when Republicans take control of the chamber.
“Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though all inclinations of his heart are evil from childhood and never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done.
“As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.”
“I believe that’s the infallible word of God, and that’s the way it’s going to be for his creation,” Shimkus said.
Then he quoted Matthew 24:31.
“And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds from one end of the heavens to the other.”
“The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this Earth. This Earth will not be destroyed by a Flood,” Shimkus asserted. “I do believe that God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.”
Get your fainting couches, kids, because Leland Conway is one stupid asshole. Here’s his Earth Day “protest”:
Meet at Clear Channel radio station at 2601 Nicholasville Road at 11:00 am on Thursday April 22nd (Earth Day.) We’ll drive around New Circle Road once for no apparent reason. Then on to Shelter 4 at Shillito Park for hamburgers! Free as long as they last – but who knows how long that will be!!!!
Its time to tell the greenies to leave us alone. We believe in being good stewards of the environment – but the ridiculous EPA regulations, Cap and Trade and other big government interference in our lives has got to stop. We’ll be expressing our disbelief in man made global warming with some fun in the sun!
You’ll be able to spot them with the tinfoil on their antennas.