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Connolly cites James Hansen as reason for Energy votes
Posted by: Construction Worker ()
Date: April 27, 2012 11:39PM

This letter is so intriguing that it deserves its own thread.

Dear Friend,

We are more than one year into the most unprecedented assault on the environment in Congressional history. This Congress has tried to pass 191 anti-environment bills, riders, and amendments attacking the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and other foundational statutes.

The most recent bill passed by the House included a controversial rider to exempt the Keystone XL pipeline from environmental review and require the President to approve it within 90 days unless he finds that it isn’t in the national interest. NASA scientist James Hansen has said that this pipeline would be “game over” for the climate, as it would allow for a dramatic increase in production of tar sands oil which has even higher greenhouse gas emissions than traditional oil.

Pipeline proponents claim that it will increase domestic supplies of oil, but the developer, TransCanada, acknowledges in its application that the pipeline would increase oil prices in America by allowing the tar sands oil to be exported from America. In response to my questioning at a House hearing on the pipeline, an oil industry representative confirmed that the oil would be produced for the “world market” and that the oil industry would not accept limiting oil production for domestic consumption.

Sadly, the Keystone rider was but the latest anti-environment bill passed by the House. Just a few weeks before, the House passed the “Regulatory Accountability Act” (RAA) and “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” (REINS) Act. These bills would make it impossible for the EPA or other federal agencies to issue regulations in accordance with laws passed by Congress. REINS and RAA would block future Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other environmental protections, as well as regulations promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.

Prior to these sweeping laws, the House passed individual bills to block mercury, smog, arsenic, lead, and particulate air pollution. The House also voted to block Clean Water Act regulations for mountaintop removal and even voted to block restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

As co-chairman of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, I have joined with other members to fight these anti-environmental bills tooth and nail. We have had some success. For example, we blocked the initial Interior and Environment Appropriations bill which contained 39 anti-environmental riders. We also were successful in defeating nearly all riders in a series of Continuing Resolutions and Omnibus spending bills. More recently, in response to an outcry from transit advocates and environmentalists, the Speaker abandoned efforts to pass H.R. 7, which would have eliminated all dedicated funding for mass transit and would have eviscerated the National Environmental Policy Act.

I look forward to our continued collaboration in the coming year. Thank you for your efforts to defend America’s natural spaces and resources for the next generation.

Sincerely,

Gerald E. Connolly
Member of Congress
11th District of Virginia

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Re: Connolly cites James Hansen as reason for Energy votes
Posted by: free cheese ()
Date: April 27, 2012 11:43PM

Thanks for the update Gerry, you just keep spending money to the point of no return. Its what you do best. I am not aware of anytime in history when someone or some country spent its way out of debt. But if you hear of it please let us know.

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Re: Connolly cites James Hansen as reason for Energy votes
Posted by: guvmint cheeze ()
Date: April 27, 2012 11:52PM

He had plenty of practice spending our money here first.

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Re: Connolly cites James Hansen as reason for Energy votes
Posted by: Jess1 ()
Date: April 28, 2012 08:41AM

You know, I really am concerned about the future - especially when such illiteracy is paraded about by a "political leader".
It would require more time & space than a forum such as this to point out the outright contradictions in that piece - so I'll just ascribe to Mr. Twain's observation about a lie making it around the world while the truth is putting on it's boots...

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Re: Connolly cites James Hansen as reason for Energy votes
Posted by: Gddrd ()
Date: April 28, 2012 09:40AM

James Hansen is an environmental wacko and Gerry jumps right on his bandwagon.
Why am I not surprised?

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Re: Connolly cites James Hansen as reason for Energy votes
Posted by: cccc ()
Date: April 28, 2012 09:51AM

He always sends out a letter full of crap about how his votes that end up destroying jobs here are good for us.

Thanks Jerry!

What is his degree anyway?

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Re: Connolly cites James Hansen as reason for Energy votes
Posted by: biker ()
Date: April 28, 2012 08:47PM

connolly, epa, environmental do gooders and environmental organizations (wwf, foe...) are a bunch of hypocrites.

They whine and over any save the environment farce but refuse to address the destruction of desert environments being destroyed by illegal immigrants, drug runners and the like. And lets not forget the in accessibility to citizens to these area due to the drug runners and coyotes. I wonder why gerry?

Thank you very much gerry, your government agencies and idiot environmental friends.


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Re: Connolly cites James Hansen as reason for Energy votes
Posted by: ISMELLSOROS ()
Date: April 29, 2012 08:16AM

Where's the Obama/Connolly "Truth Squad" on this one?

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Re: Connolly cites James Hansen as reason for Energy votes
Posted by: JohnGalt338 ()
Date: April 29, 2012 08:58AM

Connolly believes buying our oil from the Middle East and shipping it thousands of miles with potential risk of loss along the way obviously makes a much smaller impact on the environment than getting oil from our trusted neighbor.

Connolly believe paying Middle East religious fanatics billions of dollars of money for oil is obviously better than paying AMERICAN construction workers to build a pipeline in the US. We are also quite obviously better off paying tyrants than Canadians for the oil.

Connolly is an embarrassment to Northern Virginia, an embarrassment to the US Congress and an embarrassment to the United States. He is on the payroll of the labor unions and can't put together a thought on his own.

I will be voting ABC this fall -- ANYONE BUT CONNOLLY!

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Re: Connolly cites James Hansen as reason for Energy votes
Posted by: TSGC ()
Date: April 29, 2012 09:16AM

JohnGalt338 Wrote:
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> Connolly believes buying our oil from the Middle
> East and shipping it thousands of miles with
> potential risk of loss along the way obviously
> makes a much smaller impact on the environment
> than getting oil from our trusted neighbor.
>
> Connolly believe paying Middle East religious
> fanatics billions of dollars of money for oil is
> obviously better than paying AMERICAN construction
> workers to build a pipeline in the US. We are
> also quite obviously better off paying tyrants
> than Canadians for the oil.
>
> Connolly is an embarrassment to Northern Virginia,
> an embarrassment to the US Congress and an
> embarrassment to the United States. He is on the
> payroll of the labor unions and can't put together
> a thought on his own.
>
> I will be voting ABC this fall -- ANYONE BUT
> CONNOLLY!

I'd vote for Jerry O'Dell if he was running against the ConMan.

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Re: Connolly cites James Hansen as reason for Energy votes
Posted by: Gerry C ()
Date: April 29, 2012 11:02AM

Its so easy to fool these chumps, just keeping pulling that D lever fools, the government will solve all your problems.
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