Here I repeat the beginning of what I said:
ANWR Exploration; REPUBLICANS: 91% supported; DEMOCRATS 86% opposedHe was merely pointing out that Republicans have been trying to develop homegrown energy reserves while Democrats were the ones responsible for our current energy predicament. Of course, it is no surprise that the League of Conservation Voters, a nonpartisan environmental group, gave him the lowest possible score, zero, seven of the past eight congressional sessions.
Coal to liquid; REPUBLICANS: 97% supported; DEMOCRATS: 78% opposed
Oil shale exploration; REPUBLICANS: 90% supported; DEMOCRATS: 86% opposed
Offshore exploration; REPUBLICANS: 81% supported; DEMOCRATS: 83% opposed
- You can expect a broad range bombardment from Republicans, as for example, here from #2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas: Nothing more than an energy tax that will raise the cost of electricity for Texans, while destroying jobs and driving up costs for the public just as Obamacare has done.
- The coal industry has powerful lobbyists, and they will respond. Their livelihood is being threatened. What would you do under these circumstances?
- The Tea Party has already said: EPA regs will devastate the economy.
Oh, I might add that Barack sent me an e-mail, triggering the above:
I just proposed a plan that cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants 30 percent by 2030.
That's a responsible, common-sense step to address climate change.
But we're already getting intense opposition from polluters and special interests who like things the way they are.
OFA is fighting back to show there's broad support for these new EPA standards. If you want action to combat climate change, you can add your name today.
Climate change is happening, and it's happening now. As a president and as a father, I feel a moral responsibility to do something about it. The world our children grow up in depends on what we do today.
Carbon pollution is threatening our health right now. Over half of all Americans already live in areas where air pollution too often makes it unhealthy to breathe -- it's time to cut carbon pollution the same way we already regulate toxic chemicals in our air.
Modernizing our power plants so they pollute less will also spark homegrown clean energy innovation, creating jobs and growing our economy.
I'm not going to wait to take action on this.
Right now, big polluters are going to do everything they can to derail this momentum. They've been fighting these EPA standards since before they were even announced.
Your voice on this issue is the most powerful thing you've got in this fight. I need you to use it.
OFA is stepping up and gathering names in support of these EPA standards -- you can add your name:
Of course, he no doubt sent this same message to a billion on his mailing list, but I did my part in helping our President, Nation, Humanity and Planet Earth.
(I might add that Paul Krugman on 5 June 2014 presented an excellent New York Times piece entitled "The Climate Domino." I urge you to click on it and read.)