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April 19, 2009

Boehner Blues

Filed under: Energy/Climate — Matt Dernoga @ 9:14 pm
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This is very funny and very sad at the same time.   Republican Minority Leader John Boehner isn’t only in denial about climate change, he’s really bad at denial.  Transcript below the video…


STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask you then about energy. We showed your statement on the president’s decision through the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases. Also, you’ve come out against the president’s proposal to cap-and-trade carbon emissions. So what is the Republican answer to climate change? Is it a problem? Do you have a plan to address it?

BOEHNER: George, we believe that our—all of the above energy strategy from last year continues to be the right approach on energy. That we ought to make sure that we have new sources of energy, green energy, but we need nuclear energy, we need other types of alternatives, and, yes, we need American-made oil and gas.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But that doesn’t do anything when it comes to emissions, sir.

BOEHNER: When it comes to the issue of climate change, George, it’s pretty clear that if we don’t work with other industrialized nations around the world, what’s going to happen is that we’re going to ship millions of American jobs overseas. We have to deal with this in a responsible way.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So what is the responsible way? That’s my question. What is the Republican plan to deal with carbon emissions, which every major scientific organization has said is contributing to climate change?

BOEHNER: George, the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you’ve got more carbon dioxide. And so I think it’s clear…

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you don’t believe that greenhouse gases are a problem in creating climate change?

BOEHNER: … we’ve had climate change over the last 100 years—listen, it’s clear we’ve had change in our climate. The question is how much does man have to do with it, and what is the proper way to deal with this? We can’t do it alone as one nation. If we got India, China and other industrialized countries not working with us, all we’re going to do is ship millions of American jobs overseas.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But it sounds like from what you’re saying that you don’t believe that Republicans need to come up with a plan to control carbon emissions? You’re suggesting it’s not that big of a problem, even though the scientific consensus is that it has contributed to the climate change.

BOEHNER: I think it is—I think it is an issue. The question is, what is the proper answer and the responsible answer?

STEPHANOPOULOS: And what is the answer? That’s what I’m trying to get at.

BOEHNER: George, I think everyone in America is looking for the proper answer. We don’t want to raise taxes, $1.5 to $2 trillion like the administration is proposing, and we don’t want to ship millions of American jobs overseas. And so we’ve got to find ways to work toward this solution to this problem without risking the future for our kids and grandkids.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you are committed to coming up with a plan?

BOEHNER: I think you’ll see a plan from us. Just like you’ve seen a plan from us on the stimulus bill and a better plan on the budget.

MD Jobs Generator

This is a biased article post.  My friend and fellow activist Tommy Landers is the guy in the picture holding the report.  It looks like his organization Environment Maryland just pulled off a great media event with Congressman John Sarbanes and timed it with a report on how part of Obama’s budget on energy really helps clean up the environment and create jobs.  The article link is here  and some excerpts are below

“Sarbanes, a Democrat from the state’s 3rd District, said he was optimistic that Obama’s plans for developing renewable energy and focusing on environmental sustainability could generate millions of jobs across the country. Oil companies could lose billions in tax subsidies and big industries could be forced to cover so-called “polluters pay” fees – a possibility that likely will lead to a showdown in Congress.”

“Obama’s plan would also shift more than $17 billion from “polluters pay” fees into the Superfund Trust Fund – the federal program for cleaning the most polluted sites in the country.”

“Dennis L. Martire, a vice president and Mid-Atlantic regional manager of the Laborers’ International Union of America, said the union is trying to help its members retrain for jobs in the emerging clean-energy industry. The programs involve teaching weatherization techniques for buildings so contractors will be able to hire qualified workers.”

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