In the wake of the 2014 midterms, some of the most environmentally backward people in the United States have taken control of the world’s most powerful legislatures. A similar situation arose in 2010, but it is even worse in 2014.
Three Republicans in particular stand out for the gulf that separates them and their responsibilities.
Mitch McConnell, that coal loving Senator from Kentucky is now the Senate majority leader. He will serve as the chief Senate spokesperson for Senate Republicans and he will manage and schedule the legislative and executive business of the Senate. He will have priority in obtaining recognition to speak on the floor of the Senate
The new Senate Energy and Commerce Committee chair is as close to the fossil fuel industry as you can get with your clothes on. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is even more favorably predisposed to the oil industry than here predecessor.
James Inhofe of Oklahoma is a truly infamous climate denier as is Ted Cruz of Texas. These two anti-science Republicans (is there any other kind) will take over two important Environment and Science committees. Inhofe gains control over the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Cruz takes over the Committee on Science and Technology.
The foxes are in the hen-house or the insane are running the asylum, whatever metaphor you want to use the situation in the US Congress is grave.
Obama’s Clean Energy Budget and Republican Opposition
GOP Denial and President Obama’s Climate Legacy
Cromnibus Bill Foreshadows the GOP’s Legislative Agenda
Anti-Environmental Tidings in a Bill to Keep Government Running
Republicans Pass Anti-Science Bill in the House
Republicans Declare War on the Environment
Republican Ignorance and the Latest IPCC Report
Republican Law to Curtail (Environmental) Regulations
Republicans vs Democrats on Climate Change
The Arsenal Republicans will use in their War on Climate
GOP Identifies Targets for their Impending War Against Climate Protections
Climate Denial will Soon be Political Suicide
Republicans Trying to Kill Power Plant Rules
Video – Rep. Peters Calls out GOP Climate Deniers and States it is Time to Act on Climate Change
Republican Opposition to Agenda 21 and a Climate Agreement