Tuesday, February 06, 2007

More on the turning tide..............

In a NYT on line column today, William Stevens suggests that the breadth of evidence on global warming, underscored by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report, may be sufficient to not only carry the day in civil court, but perhaps now in criminal court as well http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/06/science/earth/06clim.html?_r=1&8dpc&oref=slogin

White House and EPA, take notice. Your history of feigning impotence and obscuring the truth cannot continue. This and future administrations may no longer get away with flimsy excuses and reckless disregard for the public's health, as we have seen in the last 6 years.

One example: the current suit brought by 12 states against the EPA for failing to limit automobile emissions that contribute to global warming - the Bush Administration insists that the E.P.A. does not have the power to limit the gases (This from an administration that has routinely done as it has pleased in Iraq without regard for Congressional oversight.)

Or the case of the White House having to publicly dismiss reports from Christine Todd Whitman at EPA citing human causes, including automobile emissions, as important causes of global warming (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/06/03/tech/main510920.shtml
(Christie left EPA before the end of the year, and the White House has since nominated such beauties as Michael O Leavitt, who apparently has a problem limiting mercury emissions http://www.climateark.org/shared/reader/welcome.aspx?linkid=36176 ) , and Stephen Johnson, who was exposed during Senate confirmation hearings for refusing to cancel the Children's Environment Exposure Research Study, which advocated recording the effects of pesticides on children from infancy to age 3 http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2005/2005-04-11-05.asp

And then there's the chief of staff for the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, previously a lobbyist the American Petroleum Institute ( a seamless transition, no?), who was exposed by the NYT for editing climate change documents. Poor guy had to resign and a week later took a job with Exxon Mobil. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=SourceWatch


At 2:59 PM, Blogger Fernando said...

feigning impotence I just realized.... Dubya only has twins. Were they "natural" or artificially inseminated eggs? Aren't twins caused by envitro more often than nature does?

Could it be that Pickles' general lack of expression is the result of many many years of inattention? Maybe feigning impotence and incompetence goes beyond the EPA? I know it extends throu the military strategy and FEMA too. OMG - it seems really pervasive..... Maybe just like not wanting to actually govern they don't like actually having sex..... OMG....

At 3:15 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Damn Fernando! You just put in an image of Laura and George having sex in my head! Gross!!!

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I wonder how long it will take a Democratic President to clean up and replace all these horrible appointees by Bush. It just makes me sick when I see how I played politics to the detriment of our country.

Off Topic:

Hey Mike (or anyone else who would like to answer)

What is your take on Ralph Nader talking about coming into the race again? I would think that the Democrats and Independents who voted for him and blew the chances for Al Gore would know better by now, but I'm not an expert on these things.

At 5:19 PM, Blogger Mike O'Leary said...

uggh, the Nader prospect. He says he's more apt to run if Hillary gets the nod. One more reason to keep her off the program, so to speak.

I'd like to believe that those who voted for him and screwed things up learned their lesson, but who can say. I can only hope that the Repubs nominate someone so far right that the Dem nom will get some of the moderate Reps and mitigate a Nader candidacy.

Also, I hear something tired and at times, forlorn, in Nader's voice, as if he's not up to running again, regardless of his posturing. He's no spring chicken, and hopefully, he's not up to it!

At 5:27 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Nader is just looking for an excuse to run, IMO. The guy is like a slug who comes out from under his rock ever four years. His ego is what drives him. Not that I think he really wants to be President, he just wants to keep those he doesn't like in the Democratic party from being president, even if it means we end up with someone as dangerous as Bush.

He's a slug, and I wish he would crawl back under his rock.

I think the problem is, the past Democratic candidates didn't take him seriously enough. They need to plast that asshole right out of the water and slam him at every opportunity. Quit treating him like an annoying gnat and hit him with everything they've got. This guy has something in his closet, they just have to do some serious digging to find it.

At 5:30 PM, Blogger Fernando said...

I'm so sorry Mary Ellen.

I jumped in my head like a cruel flash back to the movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre".....

Now Nader is in the bloody nightmare. How horrible.

Again, I'm sorry.

Thong talk is to much more pleasant.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...


Oh no! I just had a picture in my head of Nader in a thong! I think I'm going to throw up...ahhhaghghaghghghghghghha!

At 8:51 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

D'oh! There goes Mikey again, being all good at posting and everything. And setting us up for "feigning impotence" jokes.

Come ON, the White House isn't feigning...that's gen-u-ine, 24 karat, honest-to-goodness, unimpeachable (cough, cough) impotence. And that's the thong-and-short of it. (sorry)

As far as Nader is concerned, he holes up under a moldy pile of his own 8x10 glossies until he pokes his frazzled head out every 4 years to do his impression of the Punxsutawney groundhog. He does absolutely nothing of any real value, political or otherwise, in between. And yes, he actually said that he'd run if Hillary gets the nod. But as Mike said, who knows if he means it, or if he'll trip over his orthopedic thong on his way to an AARP meeting and get sidetracked. What a spoiler. What a self-serving spoiler.


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