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Climate change - droughtThe good people at the Center for American Progress have released a new and sobering set of fact sheets documenting the abysmal state of climate change denial in Washington. Sadly, several members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation are “recognized” for being on record in support of the denial efforts. The list includes: Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Representatives Virginia Foxx, Richard Hudson, Walter Jones, Robert Pittenger, David Rouzer and Mark Walker (as well as Gov. Pat McCrory).

This is, of course, a tragic and maddening state of affairs given the the fact that ninety-seven percent of climate scientists (as well as several fossil fuel companies!) agree that current human activity is contributing to the warming atmosphere and causing the global climate to change.

Unfortunately, as the fact sheets note, North Carolina’s denier delegation is far from alone:

  • One hundred sixty-nine Republicans in the 114th Congress are on record questioning or denying the science behind climate change.
  • Fifty-three percent—or 131 members—of the House Republican caucus question or deny the science behind climate change.
  • Seventy percent—or 38 members—of the Senate Republican caucus question or deny the science behind climate change.

Click here to see the North Carolina fact sheet and the disturbing documentation with respect to each of our head-in-the-sand lawmakers.

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Whatever the reason — quirk of the law, a desire by a conservative governor to prevent a heavily Democratic district from sending another Democrat to Washington or a combination of both — the delay announced yesterday by Gov. McCrory in filling the vacancy brought about by Congressman Mel Watt’s recent resignation from his seat in the 12th congressional district is simply and flat-out wrong.  Even if special, stand-alone elections would cost some money that the state would rather not spend during tight times, the notion that nearly 800,000 people will have no representation in the U.S. House of Representatives for an entire year is simply ridiculous.

McCrory (and legislative leaders, if necessary) should go back to the drawing board and fashion a better solution ASAP lest he people of the 12th start making noises about “no taxation without representation.”

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The NC League of Conservation Voters and the national League of Conservation Voters issued its 2011 National Environmental Scorecard this week, ranking the North Carolina Congressional delegation on environmental issues. There were no surprises with Senator Kay Hagan receiving a perfect score and Representative Virginia Foxx receiving the lowest score.

The group said 2011 revealed the most anti-environmental session in history of the US House but the Senate and the Obama administration stood up against the assault on environmental laws and public health safeguards, stopping many dangerous bills.  Republicans ranked lowest with Burr, McHenry, Myrick and Ellmers scoring in the single digits.

 

 

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The good people at Common Cause are out with a powerful new report this morning on the extent of the fracking industry’s skyrocketing political expenditures. This is from the report (“Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets in Congress”):

“From 2001 through June 2011, the fracking industry gave $20.5 million to current members of Congress and spend $276 million on lobbying.”

This is from a release from Common Cause of North Carolina that accompanied the release of the report: Read More

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Put it on a bumper sticker. For Brad Miller, or any other Democrat who is considering a run against Elizabeth Dole, your campaign does not need to be any more complicated than that.

Voters need to be relentlessly reminded that Elizabeth Dole has been nothing more than a loyal lap-dog for George Bush. His administration, and Dole’s judgement, have been disastrous both for our country and for North Carolina.

Rather than do any actual research for this post, and with all the same humility that Dick Cheney displayed when in 2000 his Vice-Presidential search committee chose himself, let me humbly link to my previous post The President’s Tool.

One final thought. North Carolina is a state that is proud of it’s military heritage. I think it is a fair question to ask Senator Dole whether she thinks her decisions have strengthened or harmed the military institutions in North Carolina. From the Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune, to the soldiers at Fort Bragg who now have multiple 12-15 month deployments, to the North Carolina National Guard soldiers many of whom face a second deployment, and to the recruiting and retention of soldiers.

Senator Dole: are North Carolina military families better off now than when you were elected? If not, what responsibility do you accept for the decisions you have made?

Regardless of who runs against Dole, someone at NC Democratic headquarters needs to get the message out and start distributing Dole = Bush bumper stickers.