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Abrams reports: "Mitch McConnell is drawing his battle lines, and as feared, it's bad news for the planet."

Mitch McConnell. (photo: unknown)
Mitch McConnell. (photo: unknown)


Mitch McConnell Feels a "Deep Responsibility" to Block Climate Action

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

07 November 14

 

"I'm going to do everything I can to try to stop” the EPA, the soon-to-be Senate majority leader said

itch McConnell is drawing his battle lines, and as feared, it’s bad news for the planet.

In his first one-on-one interview after Republicans took control of the Senate, the soon-to-be majority leader told the Lexington Herald-Leader that his No. 1 priority is “to try to do whatever I can to get the EPA reined in.”

Specifically, McConnell said that he plans to go after the agency’s plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, saying he feels a ”deep responsibility” to stop it from being implemented — a plan also known as the absolute worst-case scenario for U.S. climate action.

“I’m absolutely convinced from the people I talk to around the country, not just here but around the country, that coal has a future,” McConnell, who refuses to definitely acknowledge the existence of climate change, said. “The question is whether or not coal is going to have a future here. It’s got a future in Europe. It’s got a future in China, India, Australia. But not here?”

“It makes me very angry,” he added, “and I’m going to do everything I can to try to stop them.”

McConnell’s made it clear for some time now that “whatever he can” means attempting to force through restrictions on the Obama administration’s policies by attaching riders to spending bills. He reiterated that to the Herald-Leader: ”It will be hard because the only good tool to do that … is through the spending process,” he explained, “and if [President Barack Obama] feels strongly enough about it, he can veto the bill.”

Speaking with reporters Thursday, David Goldston, the director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council, expressed optimism that the president would do just that, pointing out that Obama has refused to give in to this method in the past. A stand-off could lead to a government shutdown, something that McConnell claims he won’t let happen. It remains to be seen if he’ll be true to his word — nonetheless, things are all but guaranteed to get ugly.

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+54 # Dust 2014-11-07 16:06
In other words, I have a "deep responsibility" to:

1) Lie;
2) Talk about things about which I am completely ignorant;
3) Ignore reality;
4) Play political games with the health ad well-being of my constituents;
5) Dismiss science while being completely scientifically ignorant;
6) Escape the consequences of my actions by being sufficiently wealthy to buy clean water and clean food and die before my wealth becomes useless;
7) Embody Mark Twain's phrase "All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure";
8) Be the poster boy, along with Ted Cruz and Jim Inhofe, of the Kruger-Dunning Effect, in which our complete cognitive dissonance allows us to be utterly mired in scientific ignorance while at the same time feeling supremely assured of our scientific competence and advanced understanding.

The Common Clay of the New West needs a re-firing in a better kiln...
 
 
+9 # opinionaire 2014-11-08 07:21
Well said. If I could give you more than one thumbs up I would.
 
 
+14 # Regina 2014-11-07 23:09
It's unfortunate that our Constitution was written before research on human intelligence developed quantified criteria and standards. It would be very useful to have a constitutional requirement of an IQ of at least 100 for election to Congress. A lot of our most ignorant loudmouths would be disqualified by that measure. Yes, I know that IQ is not an exact determination, but it's a lot more reliable than mere ambition and self-promotion and deep moneybags connections.
 
 
+9 # opinionaire 2014-11-08 07:22
Unfortunately, it would not eliminate the psychopaths or narcissists , some of whom are smart, but without concern for the welfare of others.
 
 
+12 # ronaldbosch 2014-11-07 23:36
Please, PLEASE, someone shut this mofo up, for ever, if possible, before he kills us all. What a horrid man.
 
 
+17 # Archie1954 2014-11-07 23:42
"Bad news for the planet"? Even worst news for the nation! Hasn't anyone noticed the extreme conditions climate change has beset the country with? Surely you don't all have your heads in the sand like McConnell? The American electorate is going to sadly rue the day they decided to put fools in charge of the Congress!
 
 
+3 # cwbystache 2014-11-08 06:31
The participation rate in the latest election tells that the "American electorate" is only 35% the size of what it is widely believed to be. I think the word "electorate" should only describe people who exercise their voting rights. See, "Actual election rate far lower than reported", from Al Jazeera

http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2014/11/5/why-the-real-electionturnoutwasfarlowerthanreported.html#alabama
 
 
+6 # nogardflow 2014-11-08 00:27
But as we suffer from increased weather extremes, there will be a group of individuals making huge sums of money. That has to be good, right?
 
 
+1 # Corvette-Bob 2014-11-08 14:20
Hey, there are winners no matter what happens. Maybe I can sell asbestoses suits to the people in Texas, and send barrows of water to California for $80.00. What do you think ?
 
 
+11 # seeuingoa 2014-11-08 03:54
What a pity that McConnell didn´t
try out a Hollywood career, he would have
been doing very well.

He has two face expressions,
one is stupid and the other one
totally idiotic, and the way he changes
between the two is masterly.

He always looks like he can´t find his mother in the supermarket.

What a fool!
 
 
+15 # ericlipps 2014-11-08 06:47
Mitch McConnell feels a "deep responsibility" to repay the deep-pocketed coal companies which shoveled money to his last re-election campaign and to the entire GOP in 2014.

Next it'll be the oil companies, then the gas companies, and then he'll move on to the tobacco industry.
 
 
+9 # phrixus 2014-11-08 07:22
"There's no business to be done on a dead planet."
 
 
+5 # fredboy 2014-11-08 09:01
Fair notice.

So list and target his every relative when the major climate nightmares erupt.

I am serious. Do this for every person who denies the science of climate change.

Keep a register. Then take action when the nightmares erupt.

Seems extreme? No really. There won't be enough food and water and medicine for everyone then, so deny those whose forebears made it happen.
 
 
+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2014-11-08 09:12
An old idiot with respect only for his Coal Cronies & none for the planet or the future.
 
 
+5 # Corvette-Bob 2014-11-08 14:14
Really, does it make any difference. As long as there is money to be made off the way we are raping and destroying the planet, nothing...nothi ng will be done. Glad I am 70 years old so that I do not have to witness what is coming. Even the Wall Street Journal said that 52% of all life on the planet has been destroyed since 1970 Good luck mother earth you are going to be history until mankind destroys themselves.
 
 
+2 # Corvette-Bob 2014-11-08 14:17
This election was the final straw that broke any interest that I had in doing good or helping others. It is a dog eat dog world, and apparently, Christians are saying grab all you can and the hell with everyone else.
 
 
+7 # Elroys 2014-11-08 15:42
This is tantamount to premeditated murder - where millions - if not billions - of human beings will suffer and die, where 50%+ of all species of life will perish. All due to a disgusting level of pandering to the likes of the Koch brothers and their ilk. If this level of ignorance and corruption on the part of the most senior political representatives in our nation get away with murder, then we have lost the future for our children and unborn generations.
 
 
+1 # Jim Young 2014-11-09 16:23
McConnell has seemed to have gotten his wish to be as close to being the boss, as he will ever have. Like the "sphincter" in the story at the link, he has much more power to make things worse, and I expect him to only allow a little lessening of problems if others acknowledge and concede to the worst he can escalate and continue to get away See http://www.spunk.org/texts/humour/sp001525.html

Sort of like Chris Christie's clumsier "tightening" with lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. and Scott Walker's use of the list of Recall Petition signers as a hit list.
 
 
0 # Jim Young 2014-11-10 02:01
Accidental similar post intended for another article. I can't eliminate it only can edit it,
 

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